CAST PROFILES

 

ANTHONY GREENE | "CRAIG"

Headcase was my first big acting gig, I got a pass and didn't have to audition for the part because I wrote it for myself!  Before that I had some experience with stand-up and comedy troupes but nothing like the scale of this film.  When it came time to cast the other roles for the film, I was able to read opposite the auditioning actors which I found to be an eye-opening experience. It was cool to see the process of how a movie actually comes together.  

One bright spot for me was having Leon Bearman around so much, he and I would constantly run through our lines together on our days off and I think that really showed in our scenes, especially when we went off script and improvised a little. I also really enjoyed working with Jodi Behan and Brad Siciliano, I felt we had real chemistry and they were all so incredibly easy going. 


JODI BEHAN | "KATIE"

Headcase was my first feature, before that I was just doing a lot of short films and just spending a lot of time in the acting class doing the "Meisner" technique which is all about being in the moment, being really present and listening and having authentic moments with that other person you're in a scene with.

Looking back, Headcase really taught me to make the best with what you have, for what little money you have find the most technically talented and passionate people - the best team that you possibly can! People who have the same quality who get your vision because it makes a huge difference.


LEON BEARMAN | "SEAN"

Up until Headcase I had only done theatre as a professional actor and one or two very, very, very low budget short films. I was working primarily in the events industry when Headcase came around - building stages, putting up lights, erecting sets, etc, etc.

At the beginning of 2008 Anthony Greene sent me the Headcase script. I was a little cynical at first as making a feature film is a very big undertaking and I think I suspected that Headcase wouldn't get off the ground. Along with Alex and Ken he was able to make it happen and I got to visit Canada for the first time.  It was an opportunity to have one of the leading roles in a feature film. It was my first feature film - I couldn't turn it down.  Filming Headcase allowed me to spend, in total, 9 weeks in The Beaches area of Toronto 
both filming and socialising with the locals. 

The rest of the cast were great to work with and I got on well with Ken Simpson, Alex Jordan, Lara Amersey and Alex Dacev right from the start and they were all really happy with what I was doing with the character which helped me trust them and them trust me. After my first day of filming was out of the way, I didn't worry or have any concerns about the making of the film and the rest of filming, for me, was a blast!


BRAD SICILIANO | "PIERRE"

Brad Siciliano is a New York City trained actor. He was accepted to the New York American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the oldest theater school in North America. After completing his studies in New York, Brad returned to his native Toronto, Canada, where he continues to work as an actor. Brad has also had the fortunate opportunity to be invited to attend a master class at the University of Toronto held by world famous acting teacher Uta Hagan.

Brad continues to expand his acting experience by working with some of Toronto's top acting coaches, like, Lewis Baumander, and Bruce Clayton. Brad has worked out of the Professional Actors Lab with world famous acting teacher and coach, David Rotenberg. Today Brad Siciliano finds himself being offered roles by international filmmakers.


SAFFRON CASSADAY | "JEN"

Before Headcase I had just moved back to Toronto after studying acting in NYC. It was one of my first gigs when I started auditioning. It was a great experience all around. I met a lot of great people who I've worked with since. I loved shooting in the Beaches, it's an area of Toronto I didn't know a lot about until shooting there.

Since Headcase I've acted in a handful of shorts and a few feature films.  I'm a part of a sketch comedy troupe called "Nocturnal Emissions".  Our comedy shorts are often featured on Will Ferrell's website Funnyordie.com and we produced a show a couple 
of years ago called "In The Key of Z" which aired nationally on Global TV.  I just finished editing and directing my first feature film, a documentary called "Cyber-Seniors".


BRIAN SCOTT | "BRIAN"

Prior to Headcase I was just slugging away, auditioning and trying to book roles, I had only done one feature previously. I had originally auditioned for the role of "Pierre" but Ken Simpson and Alex Jordan thought I'd be a better fit for character of "Brian". Y'know, so much of independent filmmaking is flying by the seat of your pants but when I came onto the set of Headcase I was very impressed with the level of professionalism and enthusiasm of the crew, which made me feel incredibly comfortable.  

 


ISAAC VISARETIS | "MICKEY"

I remember seeing several character breakdowns for this independent movie called Headcase. I was going to try out for the character of "Pierre" but for whatever reason I didn't end up auditioning for it. Then, several months later I saw another round of breakdowns for the same film and thought, "Well, here's my second chance" so I read for the part of "Mickey" and booked it right away.  

It's funny how things work out, because a few years later I ended up reprising the same role for another film  directed by Ken Simpson called "The Fall and Rise of Mickey" which was a much bigger part even though it was a much shorter film, so I'm glad things ended up the way they did!


ZORRO | "JACK"

I was sitting outside of O'Malley's bar having a cigarette, Anthony Greene comes up to me (I knew him through my son) and he says, "Look I'm doing this movie, it's kind of a drama /comedy thing, should only take a couple of hours, would you be interested?" So I said, "Sure, a couple of hours what the Hell?" Well it turned out to be weeks and weeks...Weeks and weeks!

The professional nature of all the people that I met during the production made me feel very blessed to have been involved in it and that's not bullshit.  Leon Bearman was also a highlight, he helped me a lot as a professional actor, he kept saying, "Less, is more, less is more" So I did so little it must've been a shit load!