Alice is happily married, the only thing out of sorts is that she has one foot bigger than the other. After placing an ad, she finds an opposite foot double, Hayley, and they start a rather uneasy shoe shopping friendship. One day Alice comes home to find that her husband is in fact leaving her for Hayley. To add insult to injury, Hayley has taken back all the other shoes she bought, leaving Alice with only one shoe of each pair.
So begins her demise into madness, and our film begins.
We find her walking and counting her steps all the way to her local pub, wearing one shoe, hoping to find the new couple there and embarrassing them. It only serves to embarrass herself. As a different shoe comes out each night, and is left as an offering outside the pub door, we slowly watch her recovery.
Why this film? This Story?
When I read stories by Marian Keyes, I see the whole thing in pictures, it comes to life for me off the page. These are the stories I want to tell, I understand them from the inside. I immediately contacted her publisher, and so this journey began. I have worked hard to prove that I can tell her stories as they were intended, and last year was rewarded with the rights to ‘Shoes’, my starting point.
Marian’s work is often described as ‘chick lit’ but I don’t find it light and fluffy at all. It is easy to read, very funny and very entertaining, but all her subject matter is very real. ‘Shoes’ is about a woman being heartbroken and left by her husband, the fact that we find it funny doesn’t make it less real, it is often how woman cope.
To be able to portray this in film is very important to me, we all have times of madness, but it doesn’t diminish who we are, our intelligence or our relevance, that fact that we laugh doesn’t make it less painful. It is a very important message for many woman all over the world, we seem to take our setbacks differently than men, we wear them on our skin, but to show that women can come back from this is important to me. My aim is to be able to take ‘Shoes’ to the screen and do its characters justice through honesty and humour, as Marian intended.
Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. Though she was brought up in a home where a lot of story-telling went on, it never occurred to her that she could write. Instead she studied law and accountancy and finally started writing short stories in 1993 “out of the blue.” Though she had no intention of ever writing a novel (“It would take too long”) she sent her short stories to a publisher with a letter saying she’d started work on a novel. The publishers replied, asking to see the novel and, once her panic had subsided, she began to write what subsequently became her first book, Watermelon. It was published in Ireland in 1995, where it was an immediate runaway success. Its chatty conversational style and whimsical Irish humour appealed to all age groups, and this appeal spread to Britain when Watermelon was picked as a Fresh Talent book. She has gone on to write twelve novels and two collections of journalism and short stories, all of which have been bestsellers. Marian is now published in thirty-three languages. Marian's latest novel, The Woman Who Stole My Life, is published by Penguin (November 2014). She was born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin; she spent her twenties in London, but is now living in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony. She includes among her hobbies, reading, movies, shoes, handbags and feminism.
Having spent the last 20 years working in the film industry as a First Assistant Director, Director and ,more recently Producer, this is my first short film. This project is very important to me for many reasons, and I love the team that has assembled to help me .
Brooke plays Alice, our heroine. Brooke’s screen credits include;‘Legend of the Seeker’, ‘Spartacus’, MTV’s new show ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ And the films ‘Predicament’, ‘Ice’ and ‘Slow West’, which recently won the World Cinema Drama Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Brooke is currently in Toronto working on a television series.
Antonia plays Hayley. Antonia has been acting professionally since she was 12. Her debut role was in 1997 playing Mandy McFarlane, in the television series, 'Mirror Mirror'. Followed by the role of Jem in William Shatner's 'A Twist in the Tale'. Antonia’s next project was the immensely popular series 'The Tribe' from 1998 until 2003. As a young adult, Antonia worked on three separate series of 'Power Rangers'. In the last few years. she played leading roles in three feature films: 'Timeslow', 'The Cure' and 'White Lies' - the latter of which was selected by New Zealand as its entrant into the 2014 Academy Awards.
Taylor plays Steven. Taylor Graduated from The NZ Drama School at the end of 2013 and has already landed three roles in local New Zealand Dramas, including core cast on the yet to be released 'Filthy Rich'.
Andrew spends most of his time behind the camera, but when he comes around to the other side, it is magic! A graduate of the New Zealand Film and Television School, Andrew was one of the original members of multi-Oscar winning effects guru Richard Taylor’s WETA effects team, leaving after 11 years of monsters and mayhem (including 'Heavenly Creatures', 'The Ugly', 'The Frighteners' & the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy) to move into production. In 2010 Andrew produced David Blyth’s cult classic, 'Wound'. Recently Andrew has served as producer on the low-budget Kiwi rom-com 'How To Meet Girls From A Distance'. Last year Andrew produced 'Deathgasm' which is currently doing the festival rounds to audience and critical acclaim.Andrew also enjoys a successful side-line as an actor. He starred as ‘Spanners Dad’ in 'The Devil Dared Me To', and has had featured roles in 'Power Rangers' and 'The Legend of the Seeker', Jane Campion’s 'Top of the Lake'.
Michelle is playing Naomi, Alice's friend. Michelle has been involved with numerous New Zealand stage and screen productions since graduating from UNITEC's School of Performing and Screen Arts. Her most recent theatrical performances include The Book of Everything and The Blind Date Project with Silo Theatre, and The Moving Theatre Company's The Pitchfork Disney. Other stage highlights include Auckland Theatre Company's The Crucible, Silo's Holding the Man and The Real Thing, Potent Pause's Eigengrau, and The Pantry Shelf with Team M&M. Michelle is well known to New Zealand audiences after being cast as Louise Nicholas in Consent -The Louise Nicholas Story, directed by Rob Sarkies, which won Best Television Feature at last year's New Zealand Film Awards. Michelle has enjoyed playing roles on television's Shortland Street, Go Girls, The Almighty Johnsons, and tele-movies Piece of My Heart and Irirangi Bay. She has also appeared in New Zealand films I'm Not Harry Jensen and Apron Strings. Michelle recently performed in the short film Pelorus, directed by Alex Sutherland, which premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival earlier this year.
Robyn Grace - Director/Writer
Robyn studied Drama & Film, and English Literature at Victoria University in Wellington, she went straight on to start a career in the theatre, working in lighting, stage management, publicity and eventually Directing, with the critically acclaimed “Dry White and Friendly”. She also directed Alan Brough in his Comedy sensation “You’ve been a bad bad boy Elvis” which toured from NZ to the Montreal Comedy Festival. With itchy feet she headed off overseas which started a new phase in her life, and after four babies returned to the work force as an Assistant Director in the film industry. She has worked extensively in New Zealand on many productions including big US funded features “30 Days of Night” and “Deathgasm” (for which her worked earned her an Associate Producer credit as well), and dramas, “Legend of the Seeker” and “Spartacus”. And great New Zealand funded features such as “The Most Fun You Can Have Dying” and “The Weight of Elephants”. She also worked in South Africa on the hit “District 9” for Peter Jackson’s company Wingnut Films. Robyn has also Directed three series of “Korero Mai” which is a Maori language based drama for TVNZ.
Dave Garbett - Cinematographer
Director of Photography David Garbett won the NZ Film Awards 2014 best cinematography award for his first feature film as DP, 'Everything We Loved'. He had previously won the NZ Film & TV Awards 2008 cinematography award for the TV series Ride with the Devil, his first TV series as DP. He was director of photography on 'Spartacus: War of the Damned' and 'Spartacus: Vengeance' and was Second Unit DP on 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena'. He previously on 'Legend of the Seeker' as Second Unit DP. He was Director of Photography on two seasons of the BBC TV series 'Atlantis'; Second Unit DP/Steadicam operator on the US feature film 'Z for Zachariah'; and ‘A’ Camera Operator/Steadicam operator for 'Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans'. He is currently DP on 'Ash vs Evil Dead'.
What we will use the money for-
- Will cover the costs for all the equipment, the location fees, any of the costumes that we haven't managed to beg, borrow or steal.
- Will mean we can PAY the crew. Who will be giving up their Christmas/Summer holidays to work on it!
- Will mean that we can make a good start on the post production.
Risks and challenges
I have managed to assemble such a great crew and cast with so much experience, that our risks are purely based on not having enough money to shoot it. If we get the funding, we are all more than capable of making a great short film, and have done so many times before. The other thing is , If we are delayed in any way, the two female leads and the DOP are all committed to other projects overseas, so we would have to wait another 6 months before we could attempt to shoot again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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