Casting is all about finding the right actor for each role but given the current state of film financing, it can now be even more about putting a cast together that helps the financing of the film, its distribution, release and success at box office not to mention foreign sales. This makes for a delicate balance between suitability and bankability.
Matthew Lessall, a casting director I respect and admire has some very good comments this week in his blog
http://filmindustrybloggers.com/thecastingdirector/ about attaching talent to independent films; well worth reading and contains some important home truths for producers.
More government cuts have been announced for the film industry in Spain which is a source of great concern to all involved - it looks like it's going to be a rocky ride for the foreseeable future. However as the saying goes: "when the going gets tough, the tough get going" so it's going to be interesting to see who manages to get their films made and how...
On a more cheerful note, this week I went to see Bingo! - a play about two actresses, one well-established but past her peak and the other trying to break into the industry, who meet at a casting for the same role. Starring and written by Sonia Barba and Lorea Uresberueta. It was fresh, well-written with some witty dialogue and it certainly made this casting director laugh