Big Screen Symposium

Join NZ, Australia and the USA’s top casting directors for an insight into the casting process, on what makes a good cast, how to exceed expectations and push boundaries in order to get the best possible results, and serve the story.

Celebrated NZ actress and director Jennifer Ward-Lealand leads a conversation with Kerry Barden (US) casting director of 13 REASONS WHY, SPOTLIGHT, WINTER’S BONE, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, THE HELP.

“It’s that instinct that you have to have with actors where there’s something special about them. It’s there with a lot of actors I know who are just living in a space of honesty…It’s not that they disappear into the character but they make the character live. It’s honest and authentic and compelling.” Kerry Barden, Casting Director, as quoted in