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1981: Sarah – The Corn Mother 23/52

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I’ve been called in for an audition. About time to. Work’s been pretty thin on the ground for the last few months. Well, actually, the last few years more like.

The film’s script seems to have been knocking around for a while now. Somebody else I knew, I think, auditioned for it in the seventies. Nothing came of it. I don’t know if anything will now. You can but try.

When they sent me the script I got two for some reason, they arrived separately and they’re both quite different. I’m not sure which one I’m meant to have read or be testing for. I phoned my agent to ask her if she could find out which was the right one. She phoned me back and said nobody at the production company’s office seemed to know, so I’ll just have to wing it a bit I guess.

I’m up for the part of Ms Jessop. It’s sort of the lead. I say that because although she features pretty heavily near the start of the film, she disappears part of the way through, possibly chased out of her village by other locals who think she’s cursed their crops. In one of scripts she comes back as a form of night monster who terrorises the villagers that persecuted her. In the other one though… well, it’s hard to quite fathom what happens. She’s reappears, or at least her spirit or phantom does, or maybe it’s just that the villagers think she has and their guilt drives them mad.

Anyways, time to get ready; I’ve got a taxi booked for three o’clock. Best try and make myself presentable, smarten up a bit, put on a good front and all that. Wish me luck.


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