Casting call goes out for doggie star

Dog auditions set for Saturday in Oak Bay for short film

Actress Maxine Miller has the lead role in Hattie’s Heist.

Actress Maxine Miller has the lead role in Hattie’s Heist.

Wanted: a dog willing to wear a disguise and participate in a bank robbery. The dog  should also be comfortable riding in the basket of a four-wheel motor scooter.

Before anyone thinks to contact the police, no bank robbery is planned. It’s a casting call for dogs to audition for a short film set to shoot in Oak Bay.

The film is called Hattie’s Heist and the dog plays the sidekick to an impoverished senior, Hattie, who embarks on a life of crime as a bank robber.

The pooch has a pivotal role in the plot of the story.

Dog auditions will be held this Saturday (Oct. 27) between 12:30 and 3 p.m. at Rotary Hall, 2451 Windsor Rd., where a panel of judges, including actress Maxine Miller, environmentalist Vicky Husband and Mayor Nils Jensen will select five finalists for the role.

The finalists will be posted to Facebook where fans can vote for the most likely felonious tail-wagger. One would-be star will be eliminated in each of five subsequent weeks with the winner going on to star alongside Hattie.

The pets must be available for at least two shooting days.

The canine star will receive an honorarium, a screen credit and a DVD of the film.

“We’re hoping that the film may be picked up as a series,” said Prudence Emery, the film’s writer and producer.

Information on the audition can be found at hattiesheist.com.

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