Below is the generic email I sent to all potential candidates:
I am third year student at the University of Sussex making an expenses only graduate film in Brighton. My film, The Edge, is about an unexpected conversation between two strangers (male and female) who are contemplating suicide. The Edge is a short film that will only be 5-6 minutes in length. We have already casted the role of the male and we are currently looking for potential female actresses to audition for our film later this month.
Here is a character biography for the character of Imelda, the part that I have considered you for.
Imelda O’brien who’s in her late 60’s, is an Irish widow. (While I would ideally like Imelda to have an Irish accent it is not a necessity) Her hometown is Ireland, County Cork. Despite Imelda’s sad backstory (recently widowed, and disowned by her Irish family) she is a very bubbly character. Even when contemplating suicide she has an unusually positive outlook on life. She is now retired but used to be a drama teacher at a primary school in London. Imelda has no children as she is infertile, this is what led her to work alongside children as she had always wanted children of her own. At 35 she met her partner John, who taught at the same primary school as her in London. John died 6 months ago to a heart attack, now Imelda is completely alone in the world which has brought her to Beachy Head where she intends to end her life.
From looking at your previous work I feel you would be perfect for the part of Imelda, and would be very grateful if you could get back to me ASAP.
Thank you for your time,
I received some very quick responses from the actresses I had emailed: