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Casting “The Pacifist,” a true story about toxic masculinity, queer identity and mental health in 1940s Oxford. Synopsis: Our protagonist is John Fulljames, an Oxford student (University College) who subscribed to conscientious objection at a time of intense patriotism and national fervour. An aesthete, good-looking and intelligent, Fulljames descended into a narcissistic gyre in which the motivations for his pacifism became increasingly conflicted and undecipherable. On May 17th, 1940, Fulljames argued with some pro-war peers at breakfast, having recently discovered that he will likely lose his legislative trial to test his pacifism. That afternoon, he took a gun and opened fire on those same peers, killing one and wounding two others. He handed himself in immediately, and was sentenced to four years in Broadmoor, and was released the year the war ended. His motivation to do something so horrendous remains unknown. The film is threaded with paradox: his professed socialism and virtuousness set against his narcissicsm, his pacifism against his murder, his effeminacy against the patriotic, macho and belligerent climate he finds himself in. Its sub-texts are his deteriorating mental health, his battle with the homophobia he likely experienced, the deleterious effect of war on the psyche, and, crucially, the question as to whether Fulljames chose to murder someone in order to escape drafting. No one explanation suffices: the confliction is all.

Denis Melrose
male 18-24
is an entitled public school boy, but secure in his privilege; he lost his eye as a child, and thus wears an eye-patch; he is Moffat\’s side-kick, and was shot by Fulljames, though he survived.
Ethnicity: White / European Descent

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Role No. 1

Role Title: John Fulljames

Role Description:

is our paradox-straddling lead; professing pacifism, he chooses to murder a peer; professing virtuous socialism, he remains deeply narcissistic; he is an effeminate, performative, deteriorating figure who may well have killed his peer in order to escape his own drafting into the army; he is The Pacifist, based on a real Oxford student during the Second World War.
Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Gender: MALE

Age Range: 18 To 24

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Role No. 2

Role Title: Leslie Herniman

Role Description:

John Fulljames’ ┬ábest friend: stalwart, understanding, frank.
Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Gender: MALE

Age Range: 18 To 24

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Role No. 3

Role Title: John Yallop

Role Description:

John Fulljames’ secondary friend: smart but shallow, impulsive, disagrees with what he perceives as Fulljames’ superficial and selfish objections to war.
Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Gender: MALE

Age Range: 18 To 24

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Role No. 4

Role Title: Charles Moffat

Role Description:

is an entitled, insecure public school boy with something to prove; he is John Fulljames’ foremost taunter, and the boy Fulljames tragically murders.
Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Gender: MALE

Age Range: 18 To 24

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