The makers of MAGYAR, a new, psychological horror short film are looking for Hungarian-speaking actors in Australia, according to a report by Daily News Hungary.
Shooting of the short film, which tells the story of a Hungarian immigrant who resettles in remote New South Wales in the early 1960s, is set to commence in Sydney in June 2023. The main character of the film, Anna, reluctantly swears an oath to become an Australian citizen before becoming haunted by a woman wearing a mask which resembles her own face.
According to the article, the filmmakers believe that this movie is a great opportunity to explore the idea that sometimes to belong, we become deformed versions of ourselves, and tell the previously overlooked story of Hungarians in Australia.
Anna, the protagonist, is one of the two roles open for applications for people in their late 20s-early 40s. She arrived in Australia after years of struggle in Hungary with a sense of optimism, but by the time the film starts, it is long gone, as she is longing for the past which leaves her alienated from embracing her new home. Her relationship with her husband has also taken a turn for the worse in recent years, as she’s growing more and more resentful of his commanding nature.
The other open role is that of Adam (30s-early 40s), Anna’s gruff, commanding husband, whose work on the Snowy Hydro Scheme allowed him to make ends meet. He no longer sees Anna romantically, and unlike her, he is excited by the new opportunities in Australia, refusing to surrender to the feelings of nostalgia.
The short film will be made conjunction with the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School. More info about the project is available at @magyarshortfilm on Instagram.
Those interested in being part of the film may contact producer Emily Bull (firstname.lastname@example.org), via e-mail, attaching a headshot and a short bio.