open casting call back in February last year, looking for a young actress to play the lead role in new feature film Broken. Newcomer Eloise Laurence was cast in the role of 11 year old Skunk Cunningham, alongside 16 year old Bill Milner as her brother Jed.
Robert Emms (represented by Curtis Brown) plays the damaged 19 year old of the title, Rick Buckley.
Broken, is adapted from the book by Daniel Clay, with a screenplay by Mark O'Rowe and directed by Rufus Norris for Cuba Pictures.
The film will also feature original music by ELECTRIC WAVE BUREAU.
Skunk is 11, diabetic, and pretty cool. The summer holidays have just begun and her days are full of easy hopes. Then Mr. Oswald, the ugly man who lives opposite, beats up Rick, the sweet, but unstable boy next door after his daughter accuses the boy of rape, and Skunk's innocence begins to be drained away at a speed and in a way she cannot control.
Her home, her neighbourhood, her school - all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and a complex, broken world fills her future. Skunk seeks solace in the last remaining place where she knows she can find it - the unspoken friendship with sweet, damaged Rick - and falls into a chaos where suddenly, joyfully, she has choice thrust back into her hands. The choice to remain in this place she was never promised, or to leave it entirely - to live or to die.