TARIRO and ZORINA
Dynamic, award winning movies based on real case histories of human trafficking in Britain

Produced by OMF with an international cast and filmed mainly on location including in a real 'safe house'
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From the outset, as a self-funded project with a minuscule budget, the temptation to select and work with an amateur cast and crew was attractive. Director Ian Bennett however was sceptical, bordering on completely against that option "although every film ever made has included newcomers, the success of Tariro rested entirely on a level of believability that I did not feel that an wholly amateur cast could deliver" he said.

Indeed. not only would acting skills need to be extremely high, accent and speech could be a problem for those playing victims from overseas. The only option seemed to be a professional cast.

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Even so, with a minimal budget it was not believed that professional talent of the required calibre would be prepared to work for no fee.

To test the water, a casting call was put out with a request for video auditions. These were viewed by a panel including the Director, Location Manager, Script Advisor and a Celebrity Actor. With the whole potential of the movie at stake the Director set the bar high, announcing that if capable actors of the required calibre could not be identified then he would, reluctantly, cancel production.
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That the call was successful is something of an understatement.

Right across the board, standards were high and competition for some parts intense. Applicants with successful acting careers across the world of film making and broadcast TV all came forward. It became clear quite quickly that selecting a great cast was not going to be a problem and that new accents would not need to be learned because applicants with ideal origins would be in-place.

In one case, an applicant stood out as being so good that one of the parts was actually rewritten specifically for her.

The result was a truly international professional cast twith leading characters played by actresses flying in from Canada and Europe just for filming, and all backed up by a brilliant supporting cast.
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