Budding North-east actors turn out to audition for new £2 million boy racers movie

Dozens of budding young actors turned out to an open casting call to land a role in a new £2 million movie about Fraserburgh boy racers.

Born to Run is the third feature film of acclaimed writer-director Scott Graham, who grew up in the town.

Producers began a series of open casting calls at Rosemount Learning Centre yesterday evening.

Inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name, the film follows a fish filleter who is at breaking point because of his teenage son’s apparent indifference to becoming a young father.

One night he steals his son’s souped-up second-hand car and, from behind the blacked-out glass, joins the town’s boy racers tearing up and down the bypass.

Harry Stewart went to the audition as he is serious about making a career out of acting.

Harry Stewart

The 11-year-old Airyhall Primary pupil is involved in the junior section of Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre (AYMT) and also takes lessons in speech and drama.

He said: “I’ve done a few shows including High School Musical and was in Seussical the Musical at the Tivoli.

“I’m thinking of a career in acting and thought experience in a film might help me reach that.”

Liam Hurry, from Portlethen, also attended yesterday’s casting call.

Liam Hurry

The 18-year-old, who studies creative media at North East Scotland College (NESCOL), said: “My friends told me about it and I want to get into the film industry or TV.

“It would be a good start to get to meet people and see how the production is made.”

Lewis Mann, 18, joined his friend Liam at the casting.

Lewis Mann

He said the audition involved being asked a number of questions including being quizzed on his favourite place to drive and what he aspires to do.

Although he doesn’t dream of being an actor, the Portlethen Academy pupil was keen to give it a go.

He said: “I heard about it through my friend’s teacher and I saw paid work on it! But I’m keen for anything in general.”

The budding photographer, who hopes to study the subject at college, is also interested in seeing the production side of filming.

He said: “To see behind the scenes filming would be pretty decent.”

Eleven-year-old Zac Robertson, from Kincorth, turned up to the casting call with parents Murray and Suzie Robertson.

Zak Robertson

He said: “I love drama and have been in a couple of shows including Oliver where I played Bill Sykes and School of Rock.

“I think it went really well.”

Cults Academy pupil Conor McLean, 18, has never acted before but wanted to give the casting call a try along with his younger brother.

Conor McLean

He said: “It’s something new and I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve never done any acting before and I only found out about it on Tuesday.”

Conor’s brother Jacob Bruce, 11, went along with him to audition for a younger part.

The Airyhall Primary School pupil said he also wanted to try something new.

He added: “I’ve done some acting at school.

“My favourite actor would be Chris Rock.”

Jamie Nurse, 13, from Bucksburn, said he was “quite excited” for the casting.

Jamie Nurse

He added: “I just wanted to learn what it was like to act.”

Budding actor Andrew Robertson, 14, has recently started pursuing acting as a passion.

Andrew Robertson

He said: “A family friend tagged me in a photo about the audition as I’m really into my acting.

“I’ve recently joined AYMT and started dancing.

“I’ve always really enjoyed that kind of thing.”

The casting agents want to see 17-21-year-olds who can drive, are physically fit, have brown/dark or auburn hair and speak with a local accent.

They are also on the search for boys, aged 11-14, who must be outgoing and confident, have brown/dark or auburn hair and speak with a local accent.

Mintlaw’s MACBI Community Hub will host the casting call tomorrow between 4pm and 9pm.

The producers will then return to Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre to host another casting call from noon until 3pm on Saturday.

For further information, call Rachel Nanson on 07968 936 478 or e-mail aberdeenshirefilmcasting@gmail.com

Search is on for young men to appear in boy racers film set in North-east town

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