What we need to do and why we need to do it:
"The UK Gold" is a unique documentary on many levels.
From day one, we decided to make a film that is genuinely independent, undiluted and without any concession to national broadcasters, corporate funders or production companies - many of whom have serious financial considerations with advertisers who are actually exposed in the film as avoiding tax on a serious scale in developing countries.
The film is unique in its production: a creative team of 13 men and women - producers, runners, sound recordists, musicians, illustrators, animators, editors etc - all worked on the film for over a year, without any pay, because they were seized by the themes of the film and the urgent necessity to convey them to public audiences.
It's unique in its subject matter: despite wide coverage and public debate over the last few years relating to international tax avoidance, it is almost unheard of for any media outlet to question the role the City of London as the tax haven capital of the world, or the dominant role played by the network of overseas British territories in sucking money from nation states that the people of those countries desperately need.
And it is unique in its form as a documentary, in that it takes on these dense themes in a stylish, creative way; using animation, music and innovative, beautiful photography to arrest audiences that may not be naturally drawn to a political documentary. Critical reviews of the film are very strong in this regard.
We are now in a position - having had a number of large and small theatrical screenings and received strong feedback and reactions - to complete national and international distribution agreements that will enable audiences across the world to watch the full documentary on television networks, via DVD, in theatres and via download.
The full cost of this distribution process to us as a collective will amount to £15,000. Included within this figure are overheads such as multiple tape transfer costs, archive footage fees, legal fees, language translation costs, DVD and Blu-Ray production fees and distribution administration costs.
So we are appealing to you to join our collective effort to ensure this film is fully distributed. Having funded production entirely ourselves - almost invariably by people contributing their skills and equipment without any charge, but also with direct personal financial contributions from our team - we now need to enlarge our collective for this final push across the line.
Both the core themes of this film and the appalling consequences of a systemic network of tax avoidance are huge and complex in scale. The heart of this system is the distortion of democracy in the UK and in other nations across the world. The solution to this problem IS democratic.
We need people to contribute on any level they can, to enjoy and absorb the film, to share it within their own communities and to enlarge the debate to the stage where full exposure is actually acheived and fundamental change becomes a reality.
Risks and challenges
Given that we have completed production of this project, have audience sampled it with large scale screenings and received very positive critical reviews from national and international media, have won festival awards and selctions, and that we have now been offered full international distribution (and it is distribution costs that we specifically seek) there are no identifiable risks and challenges, other than those associated with the larger, political challenges connected to the themes of the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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