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Bodkin Ras is a dark Scottish thriller about a young fugitive who arrives in a remote Scottish town for a fresh start. A unique fusion of doc and fiction.
Kaweh Modiri
United Kingdom
4 Team Members

Dutch/Iranian filmmaker Kaweh Modiri achieved critical acclaim with his first short My Burglar and I, in which he made the man who broke into his home the unwilling subject of the film. He is now set to push the boundaries of genre by mixing documentary and fiction with his debut feature Bodkin Ras.

Bodkin is a fugitive on the run, looking to start over in Forres. He came to this remote corner of Europe to hide and lay low. This turns out to be impossible in a little town where rumours spread faster than the plague. People watch him vigilantly, but Bodkin manages to earn the trust of the community and finds a job as a park employee. Just when he thinks he can start building a lasting relationship with his new environment, disaster strikes. 18 year old Lily mysteriously disappears, and who is there to blame but the mysterious new arrival?

Watch the trailer below for a taste of this dark, unique thriller.

Hot Film-making Talent

Bodkin Ras is produced by Raymond van de Kaaij of Revolver Amsterdam and co-produced by Belgian company Inti Films and Blue Iris Films. The film is supported by Dutch Filmfund, Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Mondriaan Fund/BKVB and Voordekunst.

Kaweh Modiri’s short film My Burglar and I had its worldwide première at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011 and was awarded the René Coelho Award from the Dutch Institute for Media Art. It is the true story of a filmmaker who follows his burglar, and makes him the unwilling subject of his film. Following this, Kaweh’s first novel was published, which was longlisted for the Academica Literature Award. He wrote the short story of Bodkin Ras after a visit to the small town of Forres, in the North of Scotland, which became the inspiration for his debut feature film of the same name.

What We Need...

The film was shot in the summer of 2013, with a crew spanning six nations dedicated to the project. The crew camped out for two months in Forres while shooting took place. Kaweh has been working on this film for three years - he and the team now need your support to complete the film. 

We need £10,000 in order to cover the costs of finishing the film. These costs are vital to the film, and include:


We need 8 weeks of access to an edit suite and an editor. With the footage complete, this is the final and perhaps the most important step in the process.


In order to do justice to the location and cinematography, we need to complete the film with a fine grade. This will give the film a slick, professional quality and bring out the colours and textures of the location and characters.


Due to the mysterious and thrilling nature of the film, the soundtrack will play a huge part in the feel, tone and general atmosphere. We want to be able to provide a soundtrack that does the film justice. Kaweh has a musician whom he admires and with your help we will be able to work with him.

These finishing touches could make or break the film and could influence our chances of being accepted into festivals and cinemas. We need your help to achieve these vital elements.

Download the Movie! (and other perks...)

Contributors will be rewarded with exclusive Bodkin Ras content including digital artwork, signed scripts, film downloads and interaction with the cast and crew. Larger contributions will let you access perks such as an invite to one of the screenings, an overnight trip to the beautiful town of Forres and a credit in the film.

Kaweh Modiri is fast becoming an acclaimed and even collectable artist, so don't miss out on our exclusive Bodkin Ras perks.

Check out our full list of perks at the side of the page!

Bodkin Ras highlights what is exciting about independent filmmaking. It breaks boundaries between genres and explores mysterious and fascinating characters. Be a part of the rising independent film industry by contributing to this project and supporting a director, producer, crew and community whose passion shines through in this unique film.

We hope that you are able to contribute to us reaching our target, however if not there are other ways to help out - Tell a friend, share on social media, and spread the word about Bodkin!

Find us on Twitter and Facebook, and get #BodkinRas trending!

We can also be found on bodkinras.com - come and check out our Mashup Competition!

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  • £5GBP

    A huge Thank You on Twitter, Facebook and our website!

    3 claimed
  • £5GBP
    Postcard from Bodkin

    Get sent a one of a kind postcard from surprising locations each with a mysterious message from Bodkin Ras.

    4 claimed
  • £10GBP
    Bodkin Ras - 'Early Bird'

    There are advantages to being in on the next big name in cinema before everyone else, and this is one of them. Act fast to get a download of Bodkin Ras at the limited 'early bird' rate. Film will be sent to you after completion.

    10 out of 50 claimed
  • £10GBP
    Bodkin Ras Chocolate Pack

    Dark chocolate for a dark film... 5 delicious Scottish handmade dark chocolates, which are packed and tagged in Forres by local business Oh How Sweet. Perfect as a gift or for yourself! Packs include: -Dark chocolate ginger cream -Dark chocolate blackberry cream -Dark chocolate cherry cream -Cocoa dusted dark chocolate truffle -Dark chocolate salted caramel -Dark chocolate whisky cream

    10 claimed
  • £15GBP
    Bodkin Ras film

    Pre-order your copy of Bodkin Ras now, and help us make the funds we need to complete the film at the same time. Result! Film will be sent to you after completion.

    6 claimed
  • £20GBP
    The Director's Cut

    Get a rare version of the Bodkin Ras film - the Director's Cut - for a special insight into the director's vision for the film. Film will be sent to you after completion.

    4 claimed
  • £20GBP
    Bodkin Ras T-shirt

    A simple but fashionable t-shirt with the Bodkin Ras text logo on the chest. Available in white with black text or black with white text. Size and colour can be chosen once your contribution is made.

    2 claimed
  • £25GBP
    Forres Screening

    An invitation to the screening of the film in Forres, Scotland! Will be attended by cast and crew and followed by a Q&A. Date to be confirmed.

    5 out of 20 claimed
  • £30GBP
    The Writer's Bundle

    Digital download of the film and digital download of the script and original short story (story in Dutch)

    1 claimed
  • £30GBP
    The Artist's Bundle

    Digital download of the film and digital download of Bodkin Ras artwork

    1 claimed
  • £30GBP
    The Musician's Bundle

    Digital download of the film plus digital download of the soundtrack

    2 claimed
  • £40GBP
    Signed Poster & Film Download

    Get your hands on an A2 Bodkin Ras poster signed by none other than writer/director Kaweh Modiri, along with a download of the film. Will be sent to you after completion of the film.

    2 claimed
  • £100GBP
    The Director's Bundle

    Digital download of the film and bespoke Bodkin Ras film book containing photographs, artwork, production notes and original short story (story is in Dutch)

    0 claimed
  • £100GBP
    Movie Maker

    20-minute one to one online session with Kaweh Modiri to discuss your current or future film/art project plus digital download of the script and film

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • £1,000GBP
    One Night as Bodkin Ras

    Overnight stay for two in the town of Forres, the location of the movie, with Kaweh Modiri as your tour guide. Your visit will include a tour of the town and maybe even the chance to meet some stars of the film. Includes a night in the Carlton Hotel, a pint with Eddie, and other expenses while in town.

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  • £1,500GBP
    Producer Package

    A massive thank you from the Bodkin Ras team! Your name will be featured in the film's credits, website and IMDB. You will also receive the Bodkin Ras book plus a copy of the film and a personal thank you note from director Kaweh Modiri. A unique gift or a great opportunity for businesses.

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • £2,000GBP
    Collector's Edition

    For movie memorabilia collectors we're offering the chance to own the original messenger bag worn by Bodkin Ras in the film, filled with perks, with a secret clue sewn inside. Also includes a credit in the film plus a copy of the art book and our enormous gratitude

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