Open casting call for 'A Country Called Home' lead roles

Texas Casting Calls

The independent feature film A Country Called Home is now casting lead and supporting roles, and an open casting call has been scheduled for August 17, 2014.

Ironwood Entertainment will begin shooting A Country Called Home this fall in Texas. Anna Axster will direct the film from her own original screenplay. Axster has been making films and music videos for more than 10 years, many of which have screened in festivals around the world and have been viewed more than 2.5 million times online. Nicolas Gonda will produce A Country Called Home. Gonda co-produced the Academy Award nominated film The Tree of Life, and is set to produce the upcoming feature film Candy Store starring Keira Knightley and Robert De Niro.

A Country Called Home follows Ellie, a 27-year old whose life is far from where she imagined it to be. Filled with annoying friends, a self-involved boyfriend, and a career that she can’t bring herself to pursue, Ellie feels detached from her life. When she learns that her estranged alcoholic father has died, her world is disrupted and she begins a journey that takes her to a small town in Texas. While dealing with the logistical arrangements of her father’s death, Ellie has to confront what happens when the structures and safety nets we build for ourselves come undone. She eventually is able to find family and friendship in this most unexpected place and so a world that she saw as two-toned starts to appear in many different shades. When things come to a head at her father’s wake, Ellie must take charge and decide if she can steer through the sometimes blurry difference of being an adult and growing up.

Starring in A Country Called Home is British Independent Film Awards winner Imogen Poots playing the starring role of Ellie. Poots recently starring Need for Speed. She also recently completed shooting on the feature films She's Funny That Way starring opposite Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, and Knight of Cups starring alongside Christian Bale and Natalie Portman. Also starring in A Country Called Home is Academy Award Winner Ryan Bingham and Genie Awards nominee Mackenzie Davis.

Open Casting Call Details

The casting director for the feature film 'A Country Called Home' is holding an open casting call on August 17, 2014. She is seeking men, women, and kids for various lead and supporting roles. She is also casting extras for the film. There is no experience necessary, and there are no fees whatsoever to attend the open casting call or to be cast in the film. Shooting will take place in the Austin and Smithfield areas this Fall, and all talent must be legally eligible to work in Texas. The following is being sought:

[BOYS] Caucasian, 4-5 years of age. LEAD ROLES

[PLUS SIZE WOMEN] Caucasian, 40-55 years of age. This character is likely 225+ lbs. MAJOR SUPPORTING ROLE

[OLDER MEN AND WOMEN] Caucasian, 75-85 years of age. LEAD ROLES



Smithville City Hall
317 Main Street
Smithville, TX 78957


Sunday August 15, 2014
1:00pm - 5:00pm

The open casting call will consist of a brief interview with the casting director and a possible on-camera interview.

People interested in the lead and supporting roles listed above may email two pictures in advance to:

Please also include your phone number and age. However, all are welcome at the open call and no appointments are necessary for any role. Everyone will be seen on a first-come, first-seen basis.

Compensation will be on the scale of professional actors.

All talent including minors and foreign actors must be legally eligible to work in the state of Texas and in the United States.

The 2014 Austin Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Texas and the United States:

• Child Labor Laws in Texas
• Summary of the Texas Child Labor Law
• Texas Child Labor Law FAQ
• Texas Limitations on Employment of Child Actors
• Texas Application for Child Actor - Performer Authorization
• Texas Application Exceptions for Child Extras
• Texas Workforce Commission Teen Application for Certificate of Age
• Texas Child Labor Complaint Form
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• USA Immigration Work Permits and Visas
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application

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Principal Actor Casting

Vicky Boone Casting
1901 E 51st Street
Red Building
Suite 106
Austin, TX 78723

If you can not attend the open casting call, you can submit by mail.


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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.


"Project Name"
"Role of _______"

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Ironwood Entertainment, LLC
825 West 11th Street
Suite 188
Austin, TX 98701


Nicolas Gonda


Anna Axster


Imogen Poots
Mackenzie Davis
Ryan Bingham


A compelling coming of age story.