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In a lawless 1980, in a defeated school, one teacher takes a stand against a vicious, and surprisingly old, gang.
Makelight Productions
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Brighton and Hove
United Kingdom
4 Team Members

In a lawless 1980, in a defeated school, one teacher takes a stand against a vicious, and surprisingly old, gang.

A few years ago...

A time of chaos. America's schools have become battlegrounds.

George Washington High School is a powder keg waiting to explode. The teachers are demoralised by juvenile, crazed gangs. It seems no one is strong enough to fight back and give the kids a chance...

Except one teacher. Eve Lamb, battered and almost broken by her last school, arrives to bring civilisation to the urban jungle. Eve is here to teach Home Ec. and give these kids a Tomorrow.

All goes fine until Eve crosses top gang THE PUNK ROCKERS and its leader, the 17 year old genius Hans Koontman. Koontman is the dark mirror image of Eve, realising beneath her civilised facade is a born killer.

The stage is set for a final confrontation...Who will survive School of 1980?

Would you like to see some films we've made?

We have made award winning films that have been screened across the world!

House of Trafalgar is an epic short by the 'School of 1980' team.  Directed by Mark Tew, written by Simon Messingham. Only available online during our campaign!

Who Goes There? is another short film directed by Mark and written by Simon to give you an idea of what's to come:

Why make School of 1980?

Inspired by the VHS nasties of the 80s,
we want to make a film you cannot look away from. A film that grabs you by the throat and makes you watch. The funniest, craziest, fastest ten minutes you've ever seen.


Welcome to George Washington high, our fictional US 1980s school where our story is set.  We are very fortunate to have the cooperation of The Pauline Quirke Academy in the UK, who train children in the performing arts and will be involved in the making of  'School of 1980'.

What do we need from you?

We need you to help us raise £7000 which we will be used to pay our cast and crew. We will be also be using your contributions for locations, fabulous set design, costumes and great food to keep us fuelled.

Our key production team: Producers/Directer/Writers will not recieve a penny (Or dime!) from your contributions.  All the money raised will be used in the making of the film.

And in return we are offering you great 80s inspired perks, including -

  • Exclusive 80's Soundtrack 
  • HD Digital Download of School of 1980
  • Exclusive 'School of 1980' Poster Artwork from Tim Bollard (2000 A.D)
  • Original Props from the set (Including T-Shirts, Weapons and More)
  • Original Signed Scripts from the Director, Cast and Crew!
  • Be a teacher and feature IN THE FILM!

And much more!

Find us on: TWITTER or  FACEBOOK

Who are we?

Mark Tew, Writer and Director:

Mark has worked on numerous commercial and independent productions over the years, producing work for MTV, the BBC as well as working with American Express and Europcar.  In 2012, Mark completed the comedy short House Trafalgar with Future Sun Films and writer Simon Messingham, which was an Official Selection at a number of film festivals across the UK. The Collaboration with Future Sun Films continued with the short Who Goes There? in 2013; which Mark also directed and co-produced.   Mark also brews his own ale.

 Simon Messingham, Writer:

Simon is a writer and actor. His broadcast writing credits include the BBC series The Dave Saint Show with John Thompson. He co-created the series Tales of Uplift and Moral Improvement, starring Rik Mayall. In 2003 he was commissioned by the UK Film Council to co-write the feature Goth Holiday. In 2011, Simon produced and wrote the comic musical Disco at the Brighton Festival Fringe. Simon has written nine novels for the BBC’s Doctor Who series, most recently The Day of the Troll audio novel read by David Tennant. In 2005, he won the British Fantasy Society short story competition with his story Baby. As part of Future Sun Films he wrote the comedy short films House Trafalgar and Who Goes There? and appeared in both.

Megan Bay Dorman, Assistant Producer

Megan is an assistant producer and actor. She has a long history of working in production, stretching back to her teens when she developed a keen interest in theatre production. She then went on to cut her media production teeth in radio, gaining experience over 7 years at a variety of stations, including BBC Radio 1, Xfm and BBC Sussex. Megan has worked with Mark and Simon and Future Sun Films for two years now, as well as on a variety of productions for BBC 2, PBS, NASA, American Express, Europcar and the Open University.

How else can you help?

Help us by sharing this page with your friends on your social media sites.

YOU can help us make this happen!

Please share by clicking the appropriate buttons at the bottom of this page. 

So come on, join the gang. 

Class dismissed!

 - Mark and Simon

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raised by 90 people in 1 month
43% funded
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£7,000 GBP goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 11, 2013
Select a Perk
  • £10GBP
    Homeroom Champion

    Personalised A+ Letter from the Principal. PLUS a heartfelt "Welcome to George Washington High" thank you on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £20GBP
    Ghetto Master!

    Exclusive Digital Download of the Soundtrack. PLUS all of the above!

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • £20GBP
    Ghetto Master Blaster

    *NEW!* Now get an HD Download of the Finished Film! PLUS all of the above!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • £30GBP
    Play Hooky

    HD Digital Download of 'School of 1980' when completed. PLUS all of the above!

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • £30GBP
    Play Hooky DVD

    *NEW!* DVD of the Finished Film with Great Extras Including the Award Winning House Trafalgar! PLUS all of the above!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • £50GBP
    I Aced The Final!

    Exclusive 'School of 1980' Postcard with Artwork by Tim Bollard of 2000AD and Judge Dredd fame. PLUS all of the above!

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014

    Liquor License

    Half cask of award-winning Brighton Bier. That's 72 pints! PLUS an onscreen credit PLUS all of the above

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £100GBP
    Extra Credit

    Invitation to hang out with us at the Cast and Crew Screening! PLUS an onscreen credit. PLUS all of the above!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • £125GBP
    Home Ec. 101

    A Totally Righteous Signed Script. PLUS all of the above!

    0 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • £250GBP
    Hall Pass

    Limited and Exclusive Prop from the film set! PLUS all of the above!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • £500GBP
    Teacher's Pet

    Be a Featured Extra! (includes photo of you in 1980s costume) PLUS you get to bring a friend to the screening. (flights and accommodation not included) PLUS all of the above!

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • £1,000GBP
    Be The Prom Queen/Quarterback!

    Executive Producer Credit PLUS have your own cameo in the short. Be a teacher pushed to the edge! (flights and accommodation not included) PLUS all of the above!

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
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