LOSING US
'Losing Us' is a short film and a story about

FAMILY LOVE AND SURVIVAL 

17-year-old Gezim, an illegal refugee in the UK, is doing everything he can to keep his 11-year-old sister Elira safe after their mother goes missing and they are left to fend for themselves.

Losing Us is in production and we hope to finish filming in September 2021. 
All the filming will take place in Norfolk, UK.
If you are interested in being crew, email our producer Lesley van Dijk on levandijk@hotmail.com. 

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Stephan Drury

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17-year-old Gezim and 11-year-old Elira live in a happy, loving Albanian family. Violence in their community is rising and the killing of their dad forces their mother Luljeta and the siblings to flee for their lives. They leave their country and after a treacherous long journey, they finally end up on UK shores. Here they have to find ways to survive with the help of the dangerous human trafficking gang member who gives them fake passports.

Luljeta, who is a former teacher, takes a job as a cleaner but what she earns is not enough to feed her children and pay back the gang members. Luljeta mysteriously disappears, leaving her children Gezim and Elira to fend for themselves without any knowledge of what happened to their mother. Gezim fears the worst and tries to protect his sister from that knowledge while attempting to figure out how to survive.

MEET THE TEAM 

Losing Us is very proud to have a professional, dedicated, diverse and gender-balanced team, with ethnic backgrounds ranging from Estonian, Dutch, German, English, Albanian and French.

 

LOSING US

is now casting actors!

Losing Us will centre around the lives of our three main characters, but will also have seven other speaking roles and six featured extras.

CASTING BREAKDOWNS

Gezim (Male) 

Playing age 16-21 years

LEAD - character portrayed is MALE and MUST be above the licensing age.

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Albanian, Balkan

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor MUST speak at least basic ALBANIAN and ENGLISH.

GEZIM (17) is a recent refugee from Albania with his mother Luljeta and sister Elira. Following a mysterious and tragic turn of events, Gezim suddenly finds himself caring for his sister alone. While Gezim is a caring brother, he can be closed, awkward and mistrusting around others.

This is a challenging role requiring the actor to display a wide range of personal traits as listed above – a young caring teenager, yet tough and proud.

Elira (Female) 

Playing age 10-13 years

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LEAD – The character portrayed is FEMALE,  child performance license.

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Albanian, Balkan

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor MUST speak at least basic ALBANIAN and ENGLISH.

Elira (11), a beautiful, bright and energetic young girl whose life has recently been turned upside down by a tragic event. For an eleven-year-old, she has seen what many wouldn’t have witnessed in a lifetime. Despite these personal challenges, Elira is strong and confident whilst maintaining traces of childhood innocence.

This is a challenging role requiring the performer to be comfortable with the following sensitive subjects: tragic family loss and personal health/hygiene (menstruation)

Luljeta (Female) 

Playing age 35-40 years

Image by Luis Galvez

MAIN – The character portrayed is FEMALE.

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Albanian, Balkan

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor MUST speak ALBANIAN and at least basic English, knowledge of Albanian folklore songs are encouraged.

An attractive woman whose family nest is left shattered by tragic events in Albania. Luljeta is forced to flee to the UK with her children Gezim and Elira, this however quickly turns into a nightmare that slowly eats her away. Stuck in an impossible situation, Luljeta eventually makes a heart-breaking sacrifice leaving her children to fend for themselves.

Zamir (Male) 

Playing age 38-50 years

SUPPORTING – character portrayed is MALE.

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Albanian, Balkan

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor MUST speak ALBANIAN and knowledge of Albanian folklore songs are encouraged.

A loving family man whose life is tragically cut short as a result of local community violence. This sudden heart-breaking event forces his widow Luljeta to flee for her life with her children to the UK.

The actor appears in one scene. 

Wasley (Male, Female, Transgender – M/F, Non-binary) Playing age 35-60 years

SUPPORTING - we're keen to see anyone suitable for this role,

regardless of their gender identity 

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Any appearance  

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor appears in two scenes and speaks English

Wasley is a caring, dedicated secondary school teacher concerned that Gezim seems to be taking his foot of the pedal lately. Unable to reach Luljeta and suspecting there may be more to this, Wasley decides to have a sit down with Gezim. Later breaks up a fight between Gezim and James.

Mikey (Male)

Playing age 40-60 years

SUPPORTING - character portrayed is MALE.

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Any appearance  

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor appears in three scenes and speaks in English

A ruthless gangster running a people trafficking network carries himself with a dark demeanour that can only be described as a “beast from a swamp” – has several hair-raising interactions with Luljeta and her children.

The actor must be able to believably perform this menacing and intimidating character without over exaggeration. Interesting physicality is welcome but not essential.

Social worker 1 (Female, Non-binary) 

 Playing age 40-55 years 

SUPPORTING - character portrayed is FEMALE.

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Any appearance  

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor appears in two scenes and speaks in English

A social worker investigating possible child welfare concerns following a tip off. 

Social worker 2 (Male, Non-binary)

Playing age 25-30 years

SUPPORTING - character portrayed is MALE.

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Any appearance  

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor appears in two scenes and speaks in English

A social worker investigating possible child welfare concerns following a tip off. 

Shop assistant (Female, Non-binary) 

Playing age 30-55 years 

SUPPORTING - character portrayed is FEMALE.

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Eastern European   

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor appears in two scenes and speaks in English

A local shop assistant who has several interactions with Gezim and Elira. She later catches the siblings shoplifting and alerts the police. 

Police officer (Male, Female, None-binary) 

Playing age 30-45 years 

SUPPORTING - Character portrayed can be of any gender. 

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Any appearance   

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Actor appears in one scene and speaks in English

A police officer assisting local social workers, enforcing child welfare policies.

Orgest (Male)

Playing age 30-60 years

Featured extra - Character portrayed is MALE.  

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Any appearance

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Appears in one scene. Currently, a non-speaking role but the director may improvise on the day

An intimidating man who interacts with Zamir in Albania.

We’d like a native ALBANIAN for this role.

James (Male, Non-binary) 

Playing age 12-15 years 

Featured extra - Character portrayed is MALE.  

Height:

Any height

Appearance:

Any appearance

Contract Type:

Paid Role 

Appears in two scenes. Currently, a non-speaking role but the director may improvise on the day

James (13) is a typical secondary school troublemaker, likes to think he’s a tough kid but is no match to Gezim when push comes to shove. 

 

TO APPLY FOR AVAILABLE ROLES

Send us an email with your info or questions:

FIVE MORE SUPPORTING ACTORS ROLES will be cast closer to filming dates (September 2021).
Keep an eye on our Facebook page @LosingUs and Instagram account @losingusfilm 

PHOTOS

If you have a professional actor's profile, email us the link. Otherwise please email us your latest headshots

 (professional or homemade photo)

EXPERIENCE

Let us know if you have any previous acting experience on stage or in front of the camera. 

We are open to experienced actors as well as people new to the acting world. 

CONTACT INFO

Email us with all the info as well as your contact phone number so we can call you. 

 We'll get back to you as soon as possible and may ask you to do video audition.

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