One bright spark - one explosive family!
Hannah Robinson
United Kingdom
4 Team Members


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...

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This campaign ended on December 18, 2013
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  • £10GBP
    'Bright Spark' sweeties

    Stocking Filler: The perfect wee something for the bold, colourful, fiery but super sweet person on your Christmas list. A pretty hand-packaged selection of explosive sweeties.

    16 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £15GBP
    Designer Knitting Pattern

    Our lead character Kat is rarely without her bright, colourful, cosy scarf. The iconic scarf is created by talented designer Carlo Volpi, using wool from Todds Hand Knits. You will get the full knitting pattern for the scarf, as well as a gorgeous illustration by Carlo, both as PDF downloads. Get cosied up, designer style!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £20GBP
    Fireworks phone skin

    Secret Santa: Sharpen up your mobile phone with one of these striking phone skins. Choose from 'SMUNT', 'YOU CAN BE TOO HAPPY' or the Fireworks logo. Which one suits you? Available for any phone model.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £30GBP
    Signed Script

    Delve deep into the workings of the script by getting your own copy, signed by the writers. Features classic one-liners such as 'Fuck off, robot', 'Eating squirrels is weird', 'Leave it lumpy', and the team favourite word: 'Smunt'. Scripts will be posted after the film release.

    3 claimed
  • £35GBP
    Homemade mug

    Family gift: The director's mum will hand-fire a mug for you and emblazon it with one of the catchy phrases from the film.

    17 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £50GBP
    Signed photo

    Easter break: Get an exclusive photo from the shoot, signed by the cast. The perfect selfie gift to counteract those badly-throught-out hankies your nan gave you. Or the ideal get-back gift for over-achieving relatives.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • £60GBP
    Set of hut drawings

    Classy present: Hut builder Euan Gray has created a beautiful selection of drawings inspired by his designs for Gillies' hut. This is a set of four prints of original drawings.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £70GBP
    Signed movie poster

    Summer holiday: OK, not actually a holiday, but a signed copy of the first print movie poster for Fireworks, signed by the Director. Special.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • £100GBP
    Professional consultation

    Get some one-to-one professional advice on any aspect of film-making, from directing, to scriptwriting, acting, acting, producing, even crowd-funding and social media. Choose your team member!

    3 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • £200GBP
    Set visit

    The ultimate insider view of the film. Join us on set for one day, grab some lunch with the cast and crew, see the Director and DOP at work, and experience the thrill of the film shoot. Not to be missed - only six available!

    1 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £400GBP
    Your name in fireworks!

    ... or somebody else's. Be the most impressive date ever by organising for your sweetheart's name to be emblazoned in fireworks using the art of lance work. Major points.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £500GBP
    Limited Edition Art Print

    World-renowned artist Hew Locke has created this exclusive piece for Fireworks fans, limited to a print run of 20. Your piece will be giclée printed, numbered and signed by the artist. A truly unique chance to own a piece of fine art, whilst also helping our film.

    1 out of 20 claimed
  • £500GBP
    Charity Supporter

    Become an official Charity Supporter for your chance to reach and support thousands of people touched by mental illness. You will get your logo on the credits of the film, as well as a permanent section about your charity on the 'Supporters' page of our website, including a detailed description of your services and aims, a photo, and prominent link to your website. Plus we will shout loudly about you through our social networks and in a targeted mailout to our database.

    0 out of 6 claimed
  • £1,000GBP
    Contributor credit

    This is one for the serious contributor. Invest £1000 in our film and you will be forever in our hearts, and in the film credits, and on the website...

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014

    Gillies' hut - delivered!

    Get the actual hut from the film, delivered to your door. The hut will be beautifully hand-crafted by our Hut builder Euan Gray. An iconic piece of film memorabilia, and a perfect hideout.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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