Oct 01 2014

Actress to produce film about multi-cultural Luxembourg

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

An expat actress who organises professional acting workshops in Luxembourg has taken her role one step further and is to produce her first ever film about Luxembourg’s multi-cultural scene.

Oleander is the name of the short English-language film written by Tara Donnell, a Canadian actress who has been living in Luxembourg for three years. Borne out of a desire to give her acting students on-screen acting experience, the movie is expected to be shot over three evenings at the Abbaye de Neumunster from October 24 to 26 on a modest budget of just 7,500 euros.

“Some of the actors have been professionally trained. Not all are native English speakers. We’ve a huge melting pot from Luxembourgish to all sorts of Europeans, a Sri Lankan and Australian,” Tara told wort.lu/en, adding: “It represents Luxembourg and that’s what I wanted in my film.”

The story is set at a charity fundraising ball held by a Luxembourg society couple (played by Luxembourgish actors) at the Abbey. Tara explained that it was developed through workshopping ideas with course participants who created archetypal characters in training.

A feminist at heart, Tara wanted to put women in the spotlight. “Most Hollywood and other films have a male protagonist with female sidekicks. Being a bit of a feminist I wanted to create a film where the main characters were female that showed women in various stages of a journey of self actualisation, fighting through different issues.”

The issues covered are wide-ranging, including mental health, prostitution (the film features a former prostitute trying to build a new life for herself and an escort girl) and breaking down the barriers facing women.

Tara raised the finance through proceeds from her acting classes and a crowdfunding platform. The shoestring budget will be used to pay her professional crew of 20, including director Giles Foreman and the post-production work. The eight main cast, eight silhouettes and extras are all volunteers, meanwhile a number of sponsors have offered services and venues free of charge.

The actress hopes it will give her students a rare chances to act in a film in Luxembourg where despite the growth of the film industry often specific languages or accents were required for Luxembourg productions, Tara explained.

Tara is also seeking additional extras to feature in the film as well as sponsors. If you can help or want to find out more, visit taradonnell.com

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu

An expat actress who organises professional acting workshops in Luxembourg has taken her role one step further and is to produce her first ever film about Luxembourg’s multi-cultural scene.

Oleander is the name of the short English-language film written by Tara Donnell, a Canadian actress who has been living in Luxembourg for three years. Borne out of a desire to give her acting students on-screen acting experience, the movie is expected to be shot over three evenings at the Abbaye de Neumunster from October 24 to 26 on a modest budget of just 7,500 euros.

“Some of the actors have been professionally trained. Not all are native English speakers. We’ve a huge melting pot from Luxembourgish to all sorts of Europeans, a Sri Lankan and Australian,” Tara told wort.lu/en, adding: “It represents Luxembourg and that’s what I wanted in my film.”

The story is set at a charity fundraising ball held by a Luxembourg society couple (played by Luxembourgish actors) at the Abbey. Tara explained that it was developed through workshopping ideas with course participants who created archetypal characters in training.

A feminist at heart, Tara wanted to put women in the spotlight. “Most Hollywood and other films have a male protagonist with female sidekicks. Being a bit of a feminist I wanted to create a film where the main characters were female that showed women in various stages of a journey of self actualisation, fighting through different issues.”

The issues covered are wide-ranging, including mental health, prostitution (the film features a former prostitute trying to build a new life for herself and an escort girl) and breaking down the barriers facing women.

Tara raised the finance through proceeds from her acting classes and a crowdfunding platform. The shoestring budget will be used to pay her professional crew of 20, including director Giles Foreman and the post-production work. The eight main cast, eight silhouettes and extras are all volunteers, meanwhile a number of sponsors have offered services and venues free of charge.

The actress hopes it will give her students a rare chances to act in a film in Luxembourg where despite the growth of the film industry often specific languages or accents were required for Luxembourg productions, Tara explained.

Tara is also seeking additional extras to feature in the film as well as sponsors. If you can help or want to find out more, visit taradonnell.com

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