AN APPEAL has been launched to find actors for a new film set in the North East in the 1980s. 

The part of 15-year-old Lois, a lead role in the film titled Blue Jean, is described as coming to terms with her sexuality. 

“Growing up in Newcastle in the eighties without a mother figure, her life is totally devoid of positive female role models,” a character profile reads.

“An introvert with natural charisma, she’s athletic and well-versed at hiding her true self from the world.”

People with a playing age of 20-45 are also sought to play a range of female-identifying roles. 

Casting company Shaheen Baig Casting said no acting experience is required and successful applicants will be paid.

They are working alongside BBC Films and Kleio Films Ltd on the Blue Jean feature film, set in the North East in 1988.

The Northern Echo: A casting poster by Shaheen Baig Casting A casting poster by Shaheen Baig Casting

A description of the film reads: “It's 1988 and Thatcher's government has just passed a law that prohibits the promotion of homosexuality by schools and local authorities. 

"As such, PE teachers were prime targets for homophobic accusations. 

"Our film follows Jean, who is forced to lead a double life when her sexuality comes to the surface upon being confronted by one of her students in a lesbian bar.”

Interested applicants should email The closing date for applications is Tuesday, January 4.

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