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A documentary that follows the life of breast cancer survivor Nic Naish.
James Lane
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United Kingdom
2 Team Members

Mother, wife, daughter, cancer survivor.

Nic Naish is a woman living an unordinary life. Married with one daughter, she is the third generation of her family to contract breast cancer; the first to survive.

In 2012, as a response to her long treatment, she decided to run the London Marathon for the charity Breast Cancer Campaign.

This feature-length documentary starts with Nic’s very personal journey as she trains to run the marathon. She is, in her own words, an ordinary person. But she has had to deal with a set of extraordinary events in her life. But she isn’t one to be defeated and it’s her massively positive attitude to life that touches and inspires so many people.

Her story will be told through her own very frank and detailed insights into her life, as well as those of family, friends, mentors, trainers, doctors and charity workers. People who have had and continue to have specific contact through her illness, as well as those who are more intimate with her and knew her before her cancer diagnosis.

As the film progresses the story broadens out from Nic’s training regime to follow the questions, the discoveries and unconventional approaches she’s taken to her cancer treatment. It is a process that opened up a new world to Nic and radically changed her life to the point where she has changed career to concentrate more fully on health, and particularly cancer, awareness in her local community. She is now bringing her experience to bear with involvement with the NHS to help develop new approaches to research and treatment.

So the basis of the film is the very personal journey of one cancer patient which then develops a broader perspective about current cancer research and treatment.

What we need and what you get

Until now we have funded this film ourselves. We have nearly completed filming and we now need to edit it. As we filmed Nic the story evolved to reflect her own life changes, therefore the project has become more ambitious in it's scope and will take more time to complete in the edit suite.

The money we need is to allow enough time to make this film as powerful as possible. It will go to completing filming, paying an editor and covering costs of film festival fees, DVD production and distribution.

In return, we have some very unique perks which will appeal to you whether you are coming from a personal health perspective, a documentary filmmaking background or if you want one of Nic's beautiful, one-off pictures.

The impact

The point of making the film is twofold. Initially we hope that Nic's story will inspire and encourage people regarding their own lives and of those around them. If they make a positive step to resolving certain difficulties then brilliant. Job done!

Our main aim is to help increase awareness of current activities regarding cancer research and treatment and to give those working in health and cancer charities another tool with which to do this. To this end we need to complete the film and get it in front of as wide an audience as possible.

In order to do this we will first enter the film into appropriate film festivals to hopefully get it screened and even more importantly in front of TV commissioners. If the film gets on TV then our job of getting it to a wide audience will have begun.

Once we have put the film through the festival circuit we will then put the film online. This will then widen the audience further and hopefully result in increased awareness of the importance of cancer research.

As a secondary objective we also plan to create DVD's of the film which we will sell. The profits from these sales will be given straight to the charities that Nic already supports.

The team

James Lane - Director and Producer

I have been making films for 17 years in both a commercial and personal context. Telling Nic’s story will be one of the most important films I have ever made. It’s a story that has already inspired many people and bringing it to as wide an audience as possible is my central aim for the film. 

As a filmmaker I feel a responsibility for using this powerful medium to tell important stories and show an audience that there can be a shared human experience in how we tackle life. Nic has inspired many people who have heard her story so far and I am certain this can only benefit more people undergoing difficulties, whether they are health related, or not.

Mark Tew - Editor

Mark brings two things to this project. His wealth of editing experience over many years of filmmaking and a very personal interest in the story of Nic, having lost his own father to cancer in 2012. He is a passionate filmmaker and will undoubtedly help create a film of lasting value to a broad community.

Other ways you can help

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Some of Nic's paintings

The kids

Portrait of Nadia (acrylic on canvas)

Trees Diptych (acrylic on canvas).

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  • £5GBP
    Thank You!

    Every pound will help us complete the film and we can’t thank you enough for taking an interest in what we’re doing. You’ll get a ‘Thank you’ credit in the film credits and a ‘Thank You’ on our Facebook Page and Twitter. Not to mention our sincerest and heartfelt thanks.

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  • £10GBP
    Digital download

    This is fantastic, we're starting to build an audience! You will get an HD digital download of the film and a 'Thank you' credit on both the film and our social media channels.

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  • £25GBP

    Once the film has been through the necessary festival circuit we will be releasing the DVD. This will give you a permanent copy of Nic's story to watch any time. You get one DVD and the 'Thank You' credit too, as above.

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  • £35GBP
    DVD + Digital download

    Now you can watch it anywhere. You will get one DVD and one HD Digital Download of the film to watch anywhere on anything. The 'Thank You' credit is also included.

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  • £50GBP
    Eat well

    You get to go for a coffee/green tea/drink of your choice with Nic and James in local health cafe, Green Cuisine, here in Worthing. We'll buy you lunch too! Chat about the film, Nic's training or diet regime, anything at all in fact, for 1 hours. Please cover your travel and accommodation costs to Worthing. You will get a DVD copy of the film too and the 'Thank You' credit.

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  • £50GBP
    Drink well

    Come for a juicing session with Nic! She will make you all manner of delicious fresh juices and tell you about their benefits. You can talk about diet, fitness, health issues for 1 hour. Please cover your travel and accommodation costs to Worthing. You will get a DVD copy of the film too and the 'Thank You' credit.

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  • £50GBP
    Skype well

    If you can't make it to Worthing, you can have a Skype chat with either Nic or film director James Lane instead. This can last up to 1 hour and we will send you a DVD, an HD download and give you a 'Thank You' credit on the film too.

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  • £150GBP
    Walk the dog

    Go for a run with Nic and Solomon, her German Shepherd shadow! Up to 2 hours. It's more about the conversation than the running but you choose the balance and how many hills are included. We will send you a DVD, HD download as well as give you a 'Thanks You' credit too.

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  • £150GBP
    Boxing session

    Join Nic at her boxing gym and have a go and then have a chat about her fitness and diet regime that has been central to her recovery from breast cancer. 1 hour boxing session followed by a 1 hour chat with Nic plus all the extras (DVD, HD download and Thank You credit).

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  • £150GBP
    Filmmaker Skype chat

    Have a chat with James, the director, about making a documentary film. You can choose the nature of the chat whether it focuses on finding an emotive subject or on the more technical and logistical side of documentary film making.

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  • £350GBP
    Pretty as a picture

    Nic is an artist who regularly paints portrait commissions. Send her a photo of any subject matter and she will paint you a portrait from it. Acrylic on canvas. 10x8 inches (30x20 cm). Please add $20 for delivery outside the UK. We will send you a DVD, HD download and give you a Thank You credit too.

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  • £350GBP
    Tickets to preview screening

    You get two tickets to the preview screening to be held in Worthing or Brighton, UK. Please cover your travel and accommodation costs. We will also give you DVD's, HD downloads and the Thank You credit.

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  • £700GBP
    Portrait + Preview tickets

    You get both the £350 perks. Have your portrait (or that of a friend, loved-one or pet) painted on canvas from a photo and you also get to come to the special preview screening in Sussex. Please cover your travel and accommodation costs. You also get the DVD, HD download and Thank You credit.

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  • £1,300GBP

    Nic will paint a mural for you, at your organisation or home. Up to 6x4 feet (2x1m) and of any chosen subject matter (within reason). Please be prepared to cover Nic's travel from Worthing, UK and accommodation costs, where appropriate. You will need to be able to brief Nic very clearly on what you require (preferably supplying reference images). You can have a choice of whether the mural is painted directly onto a wall, or on to boards which can then be installed.

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  • £1,300GBP
    Executive Producer credit

    You get an Exec Producer credit on IMDB, the film credits and web presence. You will have contributed significantly to ensuring this film gets completed! We will send you the DVD and HD download too.

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  • £2,500GBP
    Mural + Exec Prod credit + Tix

    You get both the £1300 perks. Nic will paint you a mural and you get one of two Executive Producer credits on IMDB, the film credits and web presence. Thanks to you this film will get completed, no doubt now. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for this generosity of spirit. In addition you will get 2 tickets to the preview screening, 2 DVDs and the HD download too. Please cover your travel and accommodation costs for the screening and Nic's for the mural painting/installation.

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    Wellness Executive Producer

    If you would prefer, you can pick from the £50, £150 and £700 level perks as an alternative to having a mural. You also get the Executive Producer credit on IMDB, the film credits and it's web presence. We will give you 2 DVDs and the HD download as well. Please cover your costs for any travel and accommodation as above.

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