'Dirt Road to Lafayette' on path to big screen

Kenny Glenann directing film from James Kelman script

LONDON -- Booker Prize-winning Scottish author James Kelman, BAFTA-winning director Kenny Glenann and U.K. production banner Matador Pictures have united to film "Dirt Road to Lafayette."

Glenann will direct from a Kelman script and the script has been developed with backing from Scottish Screen and the European Union's MEDIA program.

The backers have thrown open the lead role to all applicants, saying they are looking for a young male actor, 16-17 years of age, "if possible with musical ability and able to play a Scottish character."

The script follows recently bereaved Scottish father Tom and his son Murdo, who make an emotional journey from the Scottish Highlands to the southern U.S. Whilst in America, Murdo hears Zydeco/Blues music for the first time. Although a talented musician, Murdo hasn't played music since the death of his mother, but everything changes when he meets retired Zydeco legend, Queen Monzee-ay and her family.