Biography Dox


Simon Wallon
Screening time  
27.03. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 5  

This documentary celebrates the little heralded and often misunderstood role of a casting director in the filmmaking process. With the full participation of famed casting director Bonnie Timmerman and many of the successful actors and filmmakers who have worked with her throughout her illustrious career – as well as an impressive showcase of rarely-seen audition footage from Timmerman’s extensive archive – this film dissects the alchemy of how a master casting director marries the glimmer of personality detected in the audition space with the with the specific demands of a screenplay. With this film, the director wanted to shine light on the vital contribution the casting director makes to the films that shape us.


Simon Wallon

Simon Wallom (1981, Saint-Cloud) is a French writer, director and producer. He lives and works between Paris and Los Angeles where he established his production company Kiss & Kill in 2013. Simon directed several short films like Flying Away, starring Michael Piccoli (awarded at the Sapporo Film Festival) or Loco, which addresses the rehabilitation after gang life in a community of Latinos in Los Angeles. In 2016, he directed Tati Fast, a documentary about legendary filmmaker Jacques Tati, for TV network Arte. Simon is currently involved in the development of several TV series, like Banh-Mi Merguez with StudioCanal. He is also producing Bret Easton Ellis’ directing debut, the horror film Relapse.

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France, USA
2022, 82'

Directed by:
Simon Wallon

Steeven Petitteville, Pierrick Reis

Edited by:
Simon Wallon, Michael T. Vollmann


Amanda Sthers, Thomas Augsberger, Simon Wallon

Produced by:
IDEA(L) 2600, Eden Rock Media, Kiss&Kill

Festivals & Awards:

Venezia IFF (2022)