Bradfordians with no previous acting experience have the chance to be cast in a new Channel 4 film.

Producers at Idle Work Factory are looking to cast actors aged between 13 and 40 for Jordon Scott Kennedy’s new short film, Youthless.

Inspired by the nostalgia of Jordon’s childhood, Youthless follows a small group of adolescents on a social housing estate in Bradford as they unknowingly embark on the last day of their childhoods.

The casting call is open to all with the role of Mickey providing the perfect opportunity to an aspiring Bradford-born actor.

Specific roles the production is looking to cast include:

  • Mickey – a 35-year-old man who thinks he’s God's gift to women and the hardest man on the estate, despite only ever fighting teenagers. The ideal actor is someone who’s lean/slim, unkempt, and can look scruffy.
  • Jud – a 13-year-old boy determined to prove himself to the older lads on the estate. Beneath it all, he is just a kid who is growing up way too fast. The right casting will be charming but rough around the edges.
  • Tish – a 13-year-old gobby character who is wise beyond her years and very emotionally-intelligent. She acts as a surrogate mother to everyone around her, including her mum. “She’s the girl you see on every estate carrying a baby on her hip,” producers said.
  • Mushy – Jud’s best friend, 13, just wants to be a kid in a world where there are none. He wears oversized jam-jars and children's clothes because he stopped growing years ago. He is cheeky, naive and speaks his mind with no filter.
  • Tara – Tish’s mum, 30, is a partygirl who still acts like a disobedient teenager and seizes any opportunity to wind Tish up. The right actor will have the ability to be childish, expressive and adept at physical comedy.
  • Dolly and Shaz – two 15-year-old hard-faced girls who act and dress way beyond their years as they try to enjoy a night out.
  • AZ and Ginley – 17-year-old estate bullies who find fun in manipulating younger kids on the estate.

To apply, film a video introducing yourself, the character you would like to play and a monologue, joke or short story under 3 minutes.

Applications can be sent to

Talking with Channel 4, Jordon described the aims of the film as “aligning itself with Bradford’s rich cinematic history of working-class stories. Only this time, it's made by an authentic working-class director who lived to tell the tale. An honest perspective on growing up in social housing, without patronising the audience and characters.”

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