UNKNOWN GODDESS is a new short film from Bafta nominated Tigerlily Productions co-produced by Pencil Trick Productions, led by award winning opera Director Jack Furness. UNKNOWN GODDESS discusses how one of the first female Opera composers (Barbara Strozzi) was treated like a prostitute for being female and expressing her musical talent in the 1630's. When a modern day TV company look to do a re-enactment of Strozzi's story, we find the 2019 singer playing her, is treated with similar contempt.
UNKNOWN GODDESS presents an implicit discussion of the #MeToo and TimesUp debate, by drawing parallels between 1637 and 2019 settings. But what makes it unique is the taking on of the closed Opera/Early Music world: a challenge to that community’s simultaneous suppression and celebration of female creativity. The film explores the problematic role of the female soprano: the jewel in the crown but also a commodity. The film makes a genuine cultural intervention, changing attitudes to music and art history. The film will provide a platform for outstanding female talent in front of, and behind, the camera.
The film is produced by BAFTA, RTS and BIFA nominated Producer Jennifer Monks for Tigerlily Productions. A multi-award winning and BAFTA nominated production company, Tigerlily’s output covers scripted, factual and feature films. Tigerlily have previously produced a 13 part childrens drama for BBC, 90 minute dramas for Channel 4 and MTV and over the last 12 months have delivered over 10 hours of TV Commissions ranging from current affairs to documentaries for major UK broadcasters BBC and Channel 4. Their feature films have been released theatrically worldwide and sold to platforms such as Netflix and Amazon. In 2018 Producers Natasha Dack & Nikki Parrott were invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (OSCARS) for their contribution to cinema.
Producers are initially auditioning via self-tape - please review the below PDF Casting Brief and record the relevant sections for your character. Self-tapes should include name and age of the applicant and be read to camera with another person reading lines with them off camera where possible. Self-tapes should be sent to role in subject matter. Closing date for submissions is 31st May 2019.
JOHN (50’S) WHITE BRITISH MALE
RICHARD (40’S) BLACK BRITISH MALE
JOURNALIST (EARLY 40’S) ITALIAN ACCENT FEMALE
ANTOINE (30’S) FRENCH MALE
GIULIO (54) ITALIAN MALE.
CRAIG (LATE 20’S) BRITISH MAN
REHEARSALS/FITTINGS: 15TH – 23RDJULY 2019, MANCHESTER/MEDIA CITY
SHOOTING: 24TH-27THJULY 2019, MANCHESTER/MEDIA CITY
PAY:£100 PER SHOOTING/REHEARSAL DAY PLUS HOLIDAY PAY.