Very proud to announce I’m working on this film throughout 2021 in both producer role as well as writing the script for director Ben Thompson, who has been our fantastic DOP on past films such as Checking In and House of Screaming Death.
The synopsis will be released at a later date, but Borderland promises to be a violent modern-day drama/thriller that places its characters at the forefront of current human right violations pushing them to their very edge.
I cannot wait to work with Ben on this film, and supporting him to bring the script to life. He has fantastic visual ideas already, and I cannot wait to see them realised on screen! For now, here is the official teaser poster art!
This past week we’ve been filming back on You Are My Sunshine, and it has been both emotional and new in a strange way. Emotional, because the performances from everyone are just stunning, and are keeping us in awe! But new in a strange way because Joe and Tom are now both older and played by Charles O’Neill and Ernest Vernon who are now inhabiting the roles and taking over from their younger co-stars/variations (Jack Knight and Steve Salt).
So for myself, it’s been a happy set of challenges to direct one set of characters via multiple actors (and this will be extending to the character of Ethel too, previously played beautifully by Charlie Clarke and in block 3 by the equally wonderful Rosemary Manjunath).
One thing that does make life a little easier is the modern day setting, no longer are we limited by the design palette of 1970s decor and clothing (which is still great to play with of course!), but now we can present the more up to date story in a design way that is different and yet allows these same characters to exist in their own right, but not too far that they ever become too dissimilar to what comes before we have already shot.
Thank you also to Jonathan Butler who is the newest addition to the film in the form of John, Joe’s nephew and Ethel’s son, who acts as a generational bridge between the past and present! Just wonderful working with you!
So thank you to a wonderful cast/crew again and for the patience of folks who have also helped us (with locations and so much), such as my grandparents (whose home is now Tom and Joe’s), while a special thank you again goes to the Rev Colin Such who allowed us to use the graveyard around the Rushall Church (the same place we employed for House of Screaming Death), as well as Sophia French from Walsall Council.
I couldn’t do this without everyone! You’re all superstars!
It ‘s still here! If you haven’t already DONATED, please have a look over the campaign page for You Are My Sunshine! There are lots of perks to choose from for you to get involved with the making of this wonderful film that we are really excited about making!
Crowdfunding Campaign Link
We have also been releasing new posters, videos, interviews as well as other goodies! So heck out our social media page’s to see all the good stuff! We’ve also been welcomign new exciting and amazing cast memebers including Kiah Reeves as Mavis and Simon Bamford (Hellraiser, The Offer), who will be joining the film as Martin, Joe and Ethel’s stern father.
As mentioned, we have also been releasing a host of small videos too as well with some of our lovely cast! Have a snoop below!
We’ve been having meetings, discussions, scheduling tasks, locations scouts as well as going through waht each day of shooting will entail as well as welcoming our production runners to the film as well, some of them working in the camera department, some with the ADs, all of which are fascinating to watch and see them grow as their own filmmakers!
We are all really passionate about making this film, and we really would like your help to do this. Even just a £1 would be like GOLD to us! So please Donate, or SHARE if you can too, all over your own social media pages. Thank you!
Amazing few weeks chatting with the ever wonderful and supportive Sophia French at Walsall Council, who is not only a brilliant help with the locations and planning for You Are My Sunshine, but is also an unseen hero for helping us on both Sustain and House of Screaming Death too – honestly, without this lady, we couldn’t do half the stuff and use most of the places we get for these projects.
She is quite simply stunning and I’m always just so overwhelmed to get the council’s backing and help for these projects and beyond!
Thank you Sophia for your continued kindness and faith in us!
PS – She makes for a cracking writer too! Her work is great!
While we’re in the deeper stages of post-production on Sustain, there’s also a behind the scenes documentary being worked on by Evan Tapper, who was commisioned by producer Troy to snip together something that would tell you the story of how the film was made, with contributions from cast and crew from all stages of the film’s progress. From inception, pre-production through to the final stages with eventual pick-ups being completed this past year. Here’s a few shots from the documentary so far!
As you can see, lots of the cast and crew speak about their time on the film, how they got involved as well as lots of behind the scenes footage so you can experience what we were all doing to make this film a reality. All being well, the documtnary will be included on the eventual physical media release down the line.
Until then, and in case you missed it, you can watch the previously released featurette that was made while in pre-production and shows some of the actors at the first few readthroughs leading up to the film’s first shooting day.
Checking In returns home to Walsall this July as part of the first annual Walsall Arts Festival. This is a wonderful honour and the whole creative team and cast are thrilled!
The film will be screened at The Fountain Pub at 8pm on Monday 20th July. So come along and meet some of the crew and cast and help support local filmmakers.