Mela Hudson as Emma, and Tori Hall as Judy do an amazing job of creating characters you truly care about by the end of the film. Mela establishes early on that Emma has had a hard life and seems cold-hearted at first, only to have her emotional walls crumble by the end of the film. In contrast, Tori Hall plays Judy as the more innocent one, the one who seems to have had it fairly easy in life, only to find out that she’s got a darker and harder side when pushed the wrong way. The girls played their parts so beautifully that it’s hard to believe that they met just before filming began. They have the on screen chemistry of old friends, which adds a lot of believability to the film as a whole, and adds another level of caring about what happens to the characters.
Tori Hall and Mela Hudson on set for Split Costs (Photo courtesy J.B. Palmer)