Greenwich director appeals for public donations to finish film
A GREENWICH director is offering people a stake in his film through donating money.
Tim Porter, of Fishermans Walk, West Thamesmead, is creating a film set around the area and is appealing to the public to help finance the film.
Eileen is a feature-length sequel to a previous film the 23-year-old directed and is being made with the help of students from the Ravensbourne School.
Nineteen days into the shoot the team hit a financial black wall and decided to use a pioneering new funding tool to raise £3,500 to make the film which focuses on a teenager’s experience of sexual abuse.
By using a crowdfunding website, Mr Porter is hoping people will pledge donations in return for a range of mementoes.
For example, by contributing £1 the sponsor will receive the team’s “never ending gratitude”, a £100 donation will ensure a range of things including a mug and a mention on the credits while £250 gets a signed prop from the movie and an invite to the premiere. Anyone who donates £500 can get an executive producer credit.
The University of Westminster graduate said: “The film is being shot in and around areas that have significance in my life. For example Murphy's Waste, situated near the Greenwich Peninsula was where my grandad worked.
“The entire cast and crew are working for free on this project, so none of what you donate will go towards a pay check, it will all go towards the making of this film.
“Location renting, equipment hire and feeding our hardworking team is what this money is for.”
The project is supported by National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) and aims to raise awareness of child abuse.
Mr Porter’s previous film, Joshua, attracted rave reviews from a number of experts including Bafta-winning director Otto Bathurst and Guardian journalist Peter Bradshaw.
He has recently secured a position on The Prince’s Trust enterprise scheme which helps people aged between 16 and 30 set up their own business. This means his production enterprise, Pushing Buttons, will become a limited company by the end of this year.
For more information, visit kickstarter.com/projects/150954456/eileen-the-movie?ref=live