Going from 'pass' to 'YES!': Actors and the Script

Room: Tuke Cinema
Time: Sunday 2:00pm

with Manuel Puro, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Rebecca Root
moderated by Tom Kerevan

Going from

For every actor there comes that moment when they’re reading the script when they know… without any doubt, unequivocally, that they HAVE to have this part.  That they HAVE to be a part of this Movie or TV show.

Make no mistake, the casting is the most important decision anyone will make in relation to your screenplay.

But what makes a notable, bankable or simply just amazing actor say ‘yes’?

It might come in the first ten pages or it might be the last line of the script, it might be a line or dialogue or it might be a brilliantly simple scene description.  Whatever it is or wherever it lands is irrelevant so long as it DOES land. And therein lies the challenge for all writers, how to write OUTSTANDING work that resonates with the cast who can potentially make or break your movie at the box office or your TV show in the ratings.

Actors are a breed apart and they will read your script with a very different eye to that of a producer, director or production designer for that matter.

They are the heart and soul of your characters, they will bring them to life and add layers, textures and idiosyncrasies to them that you could never imagine.

In this session, our panel of accomplished actors will reveal what it was about specific scripts that hooked them and turned just another read into a ‘must play’.  What was that moment, what was that line, what was that specific turn of phrase that made them put down the script, pick up the phone and tell their agent, ‘I’m In!’

Get insight into the actors thought and decision making process, helping elevate your writing and making it more castable.

Appearing in this session

Manuel Puro

Manuel Puro – Casting Director

Credits include: Moon, The Machine, Scar Tissue

Manuel has worked with industry heavy hitters including Guillermo del Toro, Richard Attenborough and Nic Roeg, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn.
Manuel Puro
Rebecca Root

Rebecca Root – Actor

Credits incude: Boy Meets Girl, The Danish Girl

Rebecca is best known for playing Judy in BBC Two’s ground-breaking comedy series 'Boy Meets Girl'.
Rebecca Root
Sanjeev Bhaskar

Sanjeev Bhaskar – Actor & Screenwriter

Credits include: Unforgotten, The Kumars

Sanjeev gained notoriety as creator and performer of the hit series 'Goodness Gracious Me'. Currently he stars in ITV's 'Unforgotten' and will soon be seen in 'Paddington 2'.
Sanjeev Bhaskar
Tom Kerevan

Tom Kerevan – Screenwriter - Producer/Founder of Cannibal Films

Credits include: Tear Me Apart

Tom's feature debut 'Tear Me Apart' premiered at the Austin Film Festival and he is currently working on his second feature ‘Gun’.
Tom Kerevan