Why this Film?
My name is Eke Chukwu. I'm the writer/director of Zoe and the Astronaut, a Feature-Length Sci-Fi, Drama shooting in London this August.
I've always been drawn to compelling stories that champion the human spirit and it's fight for survival. Stories that reach down and touch hearts and trigger emotion. Stories where the characters dare to dream of bigger, better lives. Stories in which they find the courage to strive for those dreams. It's the passion for these stories that have inspired me to make Zoe and the Astronaut a reality. A film about a young woman's struggle to overcome her illness and her dreams of a better life beyond the pain of therapy.
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Live as if you were to die tomorrow"
Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948)
Zoe has suffered with Leukemia her whole life. When Zoe's condition worsens after the latest course of treatment, her Doctor gives her a few months to live. Zoe, heartbroken, responds by resigning from life completely while her parents, John and Elizabeth, try to lift her spirits and fail.
One day, in a field near her home, an Astronaut falls from the sky, crash landing in a space pod amongst the Trees. John and Zoe rescue him from the wreckage and take him home.
The Astronaut, known only as Jacques begins to unravel a mysterious tale. He was born in space on a lost mission shuttle and has managed to navigate his way back to Earth as the sole survivor.
New to all things on the Planet, Zoe spends her last days teaching Jacques about the wonders of Planet Earth.
Zoe’s Parents, seemingly over-protective of her, attempt to shelter Zoe from becoming too attached to Jacques.
However against their hopes, Zoe and Jacques fall for each other.
As Zoe’s Parents begin to investigate Jacques' past, it becomes clear that he isn't all he claims to be.
We intend to make a high-concept, high quality film that will cater to a broad and diverse audience. The film combines elements of Drama, Romance and Science-Fiction that will appeal to fans of these genres across the demographic.
We will target International Film Festivals including those that qualify for Oscar and BAFTA Shortlisting.
We are a team of young, up-coming, talented filmmakers with industry experience and a slate of short films under our belts.
With this funding, we can achieve our realistic, yet modest, budget and bring this Feature Film to life with quality production values at a fraction of the true cost.
What We Need & What You Get
We have a whole host of perks available to Thank you for your contributions ranging from downloads of the Film to Executive Producer Credits on IMDb.
We already have some private funding in place to get started and need your help to fully realise this ambitious project.
None of your money will be spent on cast or crew wages as we are all working for free towards a common goal. All of your contributions will go into making this film possible! Here is a list of some of the production aspects that your contributions will help pay for:
- Travel expenses
- Car and Van rental
- Production Design & Props
- Festival Submissions and Promotion
Films on this subject matter can be difficult but are excellent vehicles for raising awareness, opening discussion and shining light on delicate topics such as Terminal Illness.
Zoe and the Astronaut accesses and explores these topics and themes through a poetic Love Story that is both Tragic and Uplifting, Breathtaking and Magical.
Anything that you can contribute to this campaign will help us to bring this exciting and ambitious Film Project to life.
We would be greatly honoured to tell the world that you were a vital part of it.
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Ian Reddington as 'John'
Lisa Moorish as 'Elizabeth'
Kirsten Foster as 'Zoe'
Max Scully as 'Jacques'
Sapphire Joy as 'Yasmin'
Cornelius Macarthy as 'Doctor'
Lara Heller as 'Kate'