Fireworks is a charming indie comedy about a teenage girl, Kat, who runs away from home to find her uncle Gillies, who she has secretly discovered is her real dad. But Gillies, played by the fantastic Ewen Bremner, turns out to have bipolar disorder. Without fully understanding this, Kat hatches a plan for them to make a homemade firework, with Gillies' medication as the essential ingredient.
The project is very close to the heart of director & co-writer Hannah Robinson as she grew up with a father who had bipolar disorder. She hopes that this comedy will help to destigmatise mental health conditions, as well as making people laugh.
The script was co-written by Hannah Robinson and Jonathan Hall, who first worked together on In The Mood, starring Kelly Brook as a tap dancing German spy. Their first draft of FIREWORKS won the Grand Prize in the American Screenwriters Association International Script Competition, Silver in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards for Drama, and the financial support of the Wellcome Trust. It has drawn comparisons to Little Miss Sunshine and Silver Linings Playbook.
The film is produced by Wendy Griffin, line producer of Red Road, Donkeys, and You Instead, who recently co-produced the indie rom-com Not Another Happy Ending.
The team have now launched an open online casting call to find a bright new talent to shine in the lead role of Kat. Find out more here, and watch the video below to get some tips on how to enter online.
(Photo of Ewen Bremner)
Funding and perks
We're very nearly there. We've secured some great cast and crew, we've got an award-winning script, and we've got some of the funding in place to cover the base costs. We've even got our location - a seriously idiosyncratic house by a beach - one of our favourites - near Edinburgh.
We're promising a brilliant, explosive film but we now need £15,000 to make Fireworks sizzle.
This funding will go into the big bangs and bursts of the film. It will help us build the hut that Gillies hides away in, a trebuchet (more on that later, but believe us, it's essential to the script!), art department, costume and prop costs, and ONE MASSIVE FIREWORK. It will also help us launch our big, bright firework of a film into the world.
Anything that you can contribute will go towards helping us reach our target and fulfil our ambitions for the film, and we hope that you will want to be a part of the journey of making this unique movie. In return, we've got some very cool perks for you.
Your Xmas Shopping Done!
We know that at this time of year, you would love to help out an indie movie crew, but you're also starting to focus on getting your Christmas shopping done, so we've tried to make a few stocking-friendly perks, which we aim to deliver in time for Christmas.
Know somebody who would suit their own mug with one of the words or phrases from the film emblazoned on it? The Director's mum will hand-fire one for you. Click here to find out more about Alison and see her in her studio.
Looking for a sweetie bag stocking filler for that sweet explosion of a person in your life? We have just the thing.
Love knitting? We have an exclusive knitting pattern from a hip London designer on offer.
We're also delighted that the world-renowned artist Hew Locke, famous for his Royal Family pieces, has created a special piece of art just for us. You can get your hands on an original, limited edition, SIGNED giclee print by Hew Locke right here.
And everyone knows somebody who would love nothing more for Christmas than their own hut to hide away in. We've got our very own hut builder on the case making perks for that very person.
Reaching our target would mean the world to us, and allow us to make Fireworks as bright, daring and spectacular as we want it to be. If we don't quite reach our target, we will use any funds that we do raise to leverage funding from other places. If we can show that we have the backing of all you guys, it will make it much easier to persuade film financiers to chip in too.
Destigmatising Mental Illness
Fireworks will be cool, charming, entertaining and fun. It's a great story, and it will look amazing. But for us, it's really important that the film also leaves a legacy. We want Fireworks to encourage people to start talking about bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.
1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental disorder at some point in their lives, and yet all too often we're afraid to speak about the experience. Let's get people talking about mental illness, instead of hiding it.
Other Ways to Show Your Support
Every contribution towards the target is a massive boost to us, and there are lots of other ways in which you can help too:
- SHARE this link on your Facebook wall, or through Twitter
- BLOG about us on Wordpress, Tumblr or Blogger
- LEAVE A COMMENT - we'd love to hear from you!
- SUBSCRIBE to our mailing list to hear all the news from the film
Thanks so much for getting to the end of the page - we hope you stick with till the credits roll. Maybe you'll be in them...