Calling all Actors!


Sancte Johannes de Brebeuf

PRODUCTION COMPANY

McFaul Productions/SERVUS films

PRODUCER(S)

Jonathan McFaul, James Sprott, Bryce Jorger

DIRECTOR(S)

James Sprott

UNION STATUS

UBCP Agreement

PROJECT TYPE

Film

STUDENT PRODUCTION

No

COMPENSATION DETAILS

Monetary, negotiable

AUDITION DATE(S)

September 16, 23, and 30 2017

AUDITION LOCATION

646 Richards Street, Holy Rosary Cathedral Hall

SHOOT / PERF. DATE(S)

October, 2018

SHOOT / PERF. LOCATION(S)

Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Friday, September 15, 2017

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit a headshot, resume, and demo reel (if available) to jeanbrebeufcasting@gmail.com.
Auditions to be held on September, 16, 23, and 30. Please indicate if you have a preference for a date, otherwise you will be placed into the first available time slot.

PROJECT SYNOPSIS

Fr. Jean and his two companions from the Jesuit Order are sent by their superiors to go into the wilds of New France on one last mission to convert and baptize the Indigenous people there. Forced to leave everything behind as an evil Shaman pursues them, their efforts are met sometimes with acceptance, sometimes with hostility and fear. Eventually captured by the Shaman, Fr. Jean is ritually tortured and martyred for his faith.

Additional Comments:

All actors will participate in the filming of three trailers, to be shot in October 2017.

Lead actors (Fr. Jean Brebeuf and Fr. Connor O’Brian) will need to commit to one year of pre-production, forming and developing their characters, stunt training, and fight choreography.

All actors may be asked to change facial hair and haircut for Principal Photography of trailers and feature film, at the request of the Director.
Actors looking to play Fr. Connor O’Brian should be able to portray an Irish accent, or be willing to train for such.
Actors looking to play Fr. Jean Brebeuf should be able to portray a British and/or French accent, or be willing to train for such.
Actors looking to play Msgr. Piero Marini should be able to portray a British and/or Italian accent, or be willing to train for such.

Fr. Jean Brebeuf
AGE

35

GENDER

Male

DESCRIPTION

FR. JEAN DE BREBEUF (36) is a strong, dedicated, and holy Catholic priest. Born on March 25 1593 to poor yet devout parents in Conde-sur-Vire, France, he was sent at age 12 to a Jesuit school with the hopes of becoming a priest. But the studies proved too hard for him, and at age 15 he was dismissed and sent home. Yet he clung to prayer, and despite the hard farm work of his youth, he resolved to return one day and become a priest, and at age 22 he did so. At 24 he contracted tuberculosis, and was almost again expelled from the Order, since he was unable to study due to the sickness. But he recovered, and after 10 years of seminary he passed his final exams much to the surprise of his Superiors, and was ordained a priest. Tragically his mother and father both passed away just months before the ordination, and only days apart. Although Philosophy and Theology were not his forte, he did show an aptitude for languages. As a boy his closest friend Andres moved from Spain to France, and Jean quickly learned to speak Spanish. While in Seminary, Jean was able to master Italian and even German. Three years after ordination, the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits assigned him to the missions in New France, where it had become clear to the Church that the Native American languages were of the utmost importance and truly the key to the success of spreading the faith there. Jean was first sent across the Atlantic Ocean in 1625 arriving in Quebec and Quebec City. He lived for three years with the Montagnais and Huron tribes, learning Algonquin and Iroquoian. At the end of every three months durning this time, he would return to Quebec City to report on the the progress of the missions to his superiors, and to rest and revive himself with a softer bed and warmer food then what the Indigenous could usually provide. To his dismay, he and his companions met with no success in converting the Indigenous to Catholicism. And yet, always cheerful at his departure from Quebec City into the wild, he never complained to anyone about the long treks back and forth between the tribal lands and the European settlements, or the harsh conditions he had to endure. Fr. Jean was forced to leave New France in 1629, as the war between France and England raged its harshest. He was assigned as a confessor and chaplain to the University if Eu in northern France, where he influenced many young people with his holiness and thrilling tales of the ‘New World’ to enter the Jesuit Order and become missionaries themselves. In 1633 he traveled back across the Atlantic to Quebec City, there to report to the District Superior, and receive his next assignment. Returning this second time to New France and the mission lands, Fr. Jean is determined to bring the faith to the Indigenous people there. His love for Christ will stop at nothing, he has resolved that neither the danger of war or threat of death will stop his efforts to preach and teach the Gospel. He has rested long enough, and is well prepared for the hardships ahead. His daily routine is that of any disciplined Jesuit priest: he prays the Divine Office in Latin at seven different points throughout the day, sanctifying time and raising his mind and heart to God. Fr. Jean understands that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is that towards which everything flows, and that from each everything comes from. He offers the Mass each day, usually at sunrise, and sometimes pauses for several minutes after the Consecration, in a moment of deep meditation. He always carries a small bottle of holy water, blessed salt, and sacred chrism: three things needed for the rite of baptism, and has on several occasions baptized Indigenous in moments of death. A sturdy man, he is no stranger to work, having been a farmhand from a young age. He puts even the young priests to shame by his eagerness to paddle for hours, chop wood, or build cabins. The Indigenous recognize this work ethic, and look up to him for this. Inspired by several older priests who have spent decades in the mission lands, Fr. Jean wishes desperately to be counted among them. He expects to be sent to the furthermost Fort, and beyond, there to baptize and preach to the peaceful Hurons. Rumours have come back to France that the Iroquois have been capturing and murdering priests over the last year, and that the tortures which accompany their deaths are truly gruesome. Fr. Jean is not afraid of death for as he reminds himself each morning: “It is no longer I live, but Christ Who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). He will arrive in Quebec City in three days. What his future will hold, he cannot fully tell. But he prepares himself now to offer his life, and even his death if necessary, for the glory of God, the honour of the saints, and the salvation of souls.

Fr. Connor O’Brian…
AGE

26

GENDER

Male

DESCRIPTION

FR. CONNOR (26) is a young and eager priest newly ordained with the Jesuit Order. Born in Cork, Ireland, he is the the fifth of eleven children, and the youngest boy amongst his siblings. His parents were the epitome of a hardworking and deeply faithful Catholic couple, with his father being a blacksmith, and his mother taking care of the home and family. No stranger to priests visiting their home, Fr. Connor was influenced from a young age by the example of holy priests. The second born son in his family (Patrick), as is tradition, left home and entered the seminary at age 18. During Patrick’s visits home from Seminary however, Fr. Connor leaned the basics of Latin, Philosophy, Scripture, and Theology with eager attention. After six years of study and formation, Patrick left the seminary, much to the pain of their parents, who desperately wanted a priest for a son. But Fr. Connor’s knowledge and keen mind was noticed by the Seminary professors, and one year after Patrick’s departure, Fr. Connor entered and began his own studies at the age of 16. Through the Jesuits Fr. Connor learned discipline and rigour. From his formation he learned the necessity of daily prayer and meditation that are essential to his spiritual health, and each day he offers the Mass slowly and reverently early in the morning. His discipline extended to his study, and he was trained in the Philosophy of Aristotle and Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas. As often as he can he reads small portions of their writings every day, to keep his knowledge fresh. Never an expert in foreign languages, he only knows his native English tongue, and how to read and write in Latin. Ordained at 25, his first assignment was to aid an elderly priest at a tiny village in the north of Ireland. Having grown up with so many siblings, the Jesuit superiors noticed that Fr. Connor’s strength in evangelization is in working with children and young people. His ability to make complex topics simple enough for any young person to digest is second to none, and his slim and athletic build help him travel quickly and lightly. As such he seemed a perfect fit to be sent as a missionary to New France to convert the Indigenous. Never before have the Jesuits sent so young a priest into New France, but within the last year Rome has asked for more to be sent, both in great numbers and in haste. Most are French, but with so many having been already sent from France, Fr. Connor is the among the first wave of many being sent from Ireland. Arriving in Quebec City just a month before, he has been assigned with the infamous Fr. Ambrose (57) and another French priest, Fr. Jean Brebeuf (35) to go to the northernmost outpost of New France. He is eager to journey into the wild, and experience what he has only read about. He hopes to prove his worth next to his companions, who are seasoned in missionary life. His challenge lies in balancing hard work with disciplined prayer. Before his departure across the Atlantic, rumours spread that several priests had been brutally tortured and killed in New France, and that the influx of priests being sent there was in response to this. Fr. Connor’s parents begged him not to go, for how could a priest serve his people well if he is dead? But Fr. Connor trusts his Superiors, since he was never informed in any briefing that such dangers would be real for him. To the best of his knowledge, these are all just rumours. In two weeks time he will enter the plains and forests of New France, armed with his faith and his prayers, in an attempt to bring Christ to the peoples of this ‘new world’, and show them the way of peace, and love.

Msgr. Piero Marini
AGE

50

GENDER

Male

DESCRIPTION

MONSIGNOR MARINI (50) is a smart, intellectual, and disciplined secretary serving in the Papal Household. Ordained at 30 (a relatively late age for most priests) he worked tenaciously first in the Archdiocese of Florence, then in Milan, as a private secretary to the Cardinals there. He was recommended by his confreres to become the Papal Secretary, and has held that post for three years. He now takes care of the daily schedule of Pope, organizing his audiences, appointments, meetings, and meals. He screens all correspondence sent to the Holy Father, and deems which is worthy of the Pope’s direct attention. When an urgent letter arrives from New France asking for the Pope’s direct advice on matters of life or death, Monsignor Marini will hold the fate of this ‘new world’ in his hands.

Fr. Juan Diego
AGE

28

GENDER

Male

DESCRIPTION

FR. JUAN (28) is a young priest and secretary in the Vatican’s Sacred Congregation for Missions and Evangelization. Ordained only six months, he has served with this Congregation for the past two years, while he completed his priestly studies. His daily task is to review all correspondence and reports sent to Rome from foreign missions and mission lands, and to schedule audiences with the Pope for missionary priests and bishops with the Secretary of the Papal Household. Normally the correspondence he screens are addressed to the Prefect of the Congregation. But in the course of his routine a letter arrives that is addressed to the Holy Father himself, and marked urgent. What he does next, will affect the future of many.