It was the title that first caught my eye, I admit. Do Girls Dream of Electric Sheep is a short British sci-fi film being made by film students, with paid casting calls for actors. The title plays off Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, the short story by Philip K Dick that inspired the Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner.
Directed by Isabel Belic, produced by Liz Tester and Lyric Busk, and written by Alice Wintersteigher, Do Girls Dream of Electric Sheep is described as a "sci-fi coming-of-age film about how dystopian society creeps into the intimate lives of three teenage girls."
Yva, Li and Katya gather after school, a few hours before the new leader ceremony, sharing their slice of live in the Singleton – a global dictatorship state in disguise of Edem Garden. Yva questions the utopian side of Singleton as the Cold War with the People Republic of China [P.R.C] intensifies, and the rumour about walking propaganda bots spreads. Suspicions that her new turbo-patriotic friend Katya might be one of the bots arise when Yva's secret chat with a P.R.C citizen accidentally gets revealed. Do Girls Dream of Electric Sheep has a distinctly bizarre and ironic edge. It breaks the traditional conventions of Sci-Fi by showing everything through the female lens and simultaneously leans into the feminine tropes afforded by the coming-of-age genres. The film features: Singleton hypothesis, reference to Turkmenistan's propaganda, Elon Musk's brain-chip technology, memes and girls fighting. The story is set continuously across one evening and takes place within Yva's bedroom with over-the-top kitsch design.
And regarding the creatives behind the film;
With female and non-binary head of departments and a culturally diverse team, we are wanting to create an inclusive environment. It's very exciting for us to tell the story which is written, directed, produced, and shot by female and non-binary crewmembers. And we are happy that our male crewmembers support us in making this passion project into reality and strive for equal filmmaking
Here are the roles being cast;
- Yva: Female, Gender-Nonconforming, Non-Binary, Trans Female, 18-22
a serious yet timid 15-year-old slip of a girl. Ideally, looking for a slim actor with short curly hair.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Middle Eastern, White / European Descent
- Li: Female, Gender-Nonconforming, Non-Binary, Trans Female, 18-22
boisterous and sarcastic, Yva's best friend. Ideally, looking for a fit actor around 5'7".
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latino / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, White / European Descent
- Katya: Female, Gender-Nonconforming, Non-Binary, Trans Female, 18-22
exceptionally well-groomed, precocious and eloquent speaking. Ideally, looking for an actor with big blue eyes and around 5'5".
Ethnicity: Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, White / European Descent
- Jane (Yva's Mother): Female, 40-50
a plump woman, in her late 40s, a mass of patriotic enthusiasm. Ideally, looking for a curvy actress with a distinctive voice.
Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Indigenous Peoples, Latino / Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander
- Chen: Male, 18-22
the love interest of the protagonist. Ideally a model.
Those wishing to apply can do so here. And I hope I get to see Do Girls Dream of Electric Sheep on completion.