Fingers is a short crime drama based on the Biblical story of Salome and the martyrship of John the Baptist, reimagined in the murky underworld of a 1960s nightclub in London's East End. With a view to reexamining the scripture from a modern perspective - and with influences from Shakespeare to Scorsese - this is an exciting film that shines light into the darkness - and shows the consequences of making the wrong choice between good and evil...
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The biblical origins of the film can be found in the Gospels of Matthew (14:1-12) and Mark (6:14-27). We have tended to focus on Mark's version, since he provided more detail. You can read it here:
In adapting the source material we wanted to stay rigorously true to the beats of the story - but we were also given a lot of freedom, since there was so little information available. Our biggest decision had to do with point of view. Whose story were we telling?
The huge majority of protagonists in films, or indeed in The Bible, are male - and we wanted to challenge that orthodoxy, making Salome (who is not actually named in The Bible) our lead character, and making the key relationship of the film that between Sally (Salome) and her mother, Hen (Herodias).
In The Bible, the only thing we know about "the daughter of Herodias" is that she did a dance on Herod's birthday - and then asked for a favour on her mother's behalf. The nature of her dance is unspecified in the text, yet the traditional representations of Salome consistently paint her as a lewd, lascivious harlot - for which there is no evidence whatsoever.
We wanted to explore the idea that, as the newly "inherited" daughter of the new King (her uncle, her father's brother!) she may not have wanted to dance at all - and in that case - certainly couldn't have anticipated where that dance might lead... Perhaps she was just a young girl, unable to escape the circumstances, the family and the institution she found herself part of - no matter how hard she tried.
Alex did a lot of research, particularly into the historic legacy of the Kray twins, and perhaps more surprisingly - Shakespeare’s Hamlet - whose family situation perfectly mirrors Sally's. In fact, some scholars suggest that Shakespeare was using the same source material...
Crowdfunding is a great way for us to reach out and engage our community in the project, whilst also building an audience for what we believe is going to be a very exciting and relevant film.
WHAT WE NEED
The money we raise will be spent on:
- Kit hire - including camera, lights and sound
- Period Costume and prop hire - because it needs to
- Catering - so everyone is well fed and watered on
- - Travel expenses - for cast and crew to get to set.
- - Post production costs, like film development, processing and editing.
- We will also eventually need money to submit the film to
festivals, thereby reaching a wider international audience.
Rest assured any money we make OVER our funding target will go to good use!
WHAT YOU GET OUT OF IT
Apart from the warm fuzzy feeling you will receive from making your contribution, we also have a very exciting range of perks to say thanks. These include….
- -A digital download of the film
- -Invites to the cast & crew screening & the wrap party.
- -Various credits
- - A personalised mp3 of Alex Marx narrating your favourite short story/poem/bible verse (examples can be found in the media gallery)...
- -Themed walking tours of London
- -And more!
THANKS FOR READING!
We really appreciate your support. Even if you can’t personally contribute, it would be incredibly helpful if you could share this campaign with friends, family, your colleagues, your pets and anyone else you think might be interested.
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Many thanks and we hope to see you at the Premiere!