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Action/thriller feature film exploring illegal bicycle racing in London. Stars Eleanor Tomlinson, John Hannah & Camilla Rutherford
Action/thriller feature film exploring illegal bicycle racing in London. Stars Eleanor Tomlinson, John Hannah & Camilla Rutherford
565 backers pledged £55,115 to help bring this project to life.

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HUGE THANK YOU! New Stretch Goal - 60k!

Massive thank you to all our backers for helping us reach our goal! Because of your support we now will be able to create some brilliant action scenes in ALLEYCATS! We can't thank you enough!

The amazing news is that we've already reached over £52,000 so we're going to keep pushing until the deadline! This is a truly independent film and every pound really does count, so if you are still thinking about pledging, please do it! We're getting really ambitious and we're going to INCREASE OUR GOAL TO £60,000!

Any extra money we raise will help to make ALLEYCATS a better film with truly thrilling action scenes. Please keep sharing on Facebook and Twitter!

THANK YOU!

The Alleycats Team

What is ALLEYCATS?

Alleycats is an independent action/thriller feature film; exploring the underground world of illegal bike racing in London. These races take place throughout the world and are called Alleycats.

For a full synopsis visit: www.alleycatsfilm.com/

My name is Ian Bonhote and I am the Director. I was introduced to real life Alleycats by a courier friend of mine and instantly became completely hooked on this underground world of bike racing. I even took part in some of the races. I have been developing the film for five years now and I want to bring the unique shooting style I have developed from making many commercials and short films to the forefront of this film.

Alleycats will be an action-packed, stylish film with a pumping soundtrack that will show a side to London that you have never seen before.

Who is your cast?

We have a fantastic cast already attached! Rose Wicksteed is our brilliant casting director and we are now finalising the details of the feature cast.

Stay tuned for further announcements!

Eleanor Tomlinson - JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, ANGUS THONGS AND PERFECT SNOGGING and the up-coming BBC series: POLDARK.

John Hannah - FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, SLIDING DOORS, THE MUMMY trilogy and SPARTACUS.

Camilla Rutherford - GOSFORD PARK, ROME, THE DARJEELING LIMITED, DIMENSIONS and FLEMING.

Sonoya Mizuno - EX MACHINA, HIGH STRUNG and VENUS IN EROS.

Juan Cely - BLOOD AND RAIN, THE PASSION OF GABRIEL, EL LABERINTO and THE PROMISE.

Virgile Bramly - INCEPTION, POINT BLANK, THE LINE OF BEAUTY, MADERLAY and the upcoming PICNIC IN GAZA.

Frederick Schmidt - SNOW IN PARADISE, STARRED UP, SECOND COMING and the upcoming PATIENT ZERO.

Hera Hilmar - DA VINCI'S DEMONS, ANNA KARENINA, THE FIFTH ESTATE, GET SANTA and LIFE IN A FISHBOWL.

Sam Keeley THE OTHER SIDE OF SLEEP, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, DREAM HOUSE and BAFTA award winning series MISFITS and THE BORGIAS.

Who are you? 

Ian Bonhote. My career has earned me credits spanning commercials, music video and short films, as well as co-founding the Production Company Pulse Films (pulsefilms.com) with fellow producers Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford. 

As a Director, I have created campaigns for Gatorade, Nike, Puma, Pepsi, as well as music videos for Mumford & Sons, Morcheeba, Jamie Cullum, Tom Jones, amongst many others. I have extensive experience working with entertainment and sports celebrities, including Tiger Woods, Blank Vlasic and Thierry Henry.

Andy Ryder is our Producer, he has extensive experience within the TV and film industry working on major Hollywood blockbusters (Including Batman - The Dark Knight), feature documentaries, large budget drama/docs, music videos and commercials.

Andy has also produced five high quality short films which have all gained entry to major festivals worldwide.

It's your first film... Do you know what you're doing?

It may be our first feature film, but we are very experienced, having produced and directed many commercials, music videos and short films. Furthermore we have already shot a short film based on Alleycats. This proves the concept and gives a good feel for the action thriller elements in the finished film. Check out the trailer for the short film - it was made with virtually zero budget, so imagine what the feature film could look like!


Anyone who pledges £5 or more will receive access to see the full short film in all its glory.

OK... Where does Kickstarter come in?

Action scenes are expensive! Especially sequences which require us to perform dangerous stunts and close London streets. For Alleycats to work, it will depend on the action sequences within the film being effective. Every penny from backers of the campaign will go directly towards making these action scenes, so that we can ensure Alleycats is an amazing, fast-paced, action film that does justice to the culture. 

Action from our short film! However for the feature we will need to choreograph bigger sequences and close roads!
Action from our short film! However for the feature we will need to choreograph bigger sequences and close roads!
 

Who else is involved?

Many of our heads of department are already in place and we've attached a number of film industry experts. These include: 

Robert Jones, Executive Producer - THE USUAL SUSPECTS, GOSFORD PARK and THE CONSTANT GARDENER.

Wayne Marc Godfrey, Executive Producer - THE CHINAMAN, CAKE and LONDON FIELDS.

Emma Lamont, Producer - THE LAST CHANCE SCHOOL. Previously worked in distribution on projects such as AWAY FROM HER and THE COUNTERFEITERS. 

Simon Uttley, Max Kinnings and Anthea Anka, writers - THE PROFESSIONALS, REBELLION, SKULL ISLAND - BLOOD OF THE KING; a King Kong sequel, BATTLECREEK, BAPTISM and ACT OF GRACE.

The Rewards

Our fantastic rewards are many and varied. In return for their support, backers will receive rewards ranging from (but not limited to): 

As well as this - If you would like a reward signed then all it takes is an extra £25 donation!

Among our rewards, backers will have the chance to own our exclusive 'Spoke Cards'!
Among our rewards, backers will have the chance to own our exclusive 'Spoke Cards'!
Similar T-Shirts to this up for grabs!
Similar T-Shirts to this up for grabs!
Some of our storyboards!
Some of our storyboards!
One of the bikes up for grabs!
One of the bikes up for grabs!

We have also created a really fun, addictive game that links in with our film.   Fans can share their scores with us and we hope that with this project we will create not just a film, but a community as well.

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What if I want more than one reward?

We've tried to design the rewards in such a way that it's easy to group them together for the package you want. If however there are separate rewards, or you'd like multiple rewards for gifts or any other reason, please get in touch with us directly to discuss.

Other Important Questions

What happens if you don’t reach your target?
Kickstarter is an all or nothing model! If we don’t reach our target no-one gets charged. That’s why we need you… and your family and friends! So please, even if you can’t donate, help us by spreading the word on Twitter, Facebook or word of mouth.

How do we contact you?
Via our Twitter and Facebook pages! We want to share the creative process with you and are constantly updating on our social media to give you an insight into what exactly goes into making a feature film.

https://twitter.com/alleycatsfilm

https://www.facebook.com/thealleycatsfilm

EMAIL: alleycatsfilm@gmail.com

If you have any questions or suggestions for rewards that you would like, please just leave us a comment.

Risks and challenges

As with anything in life, there is a risk and making films is no different.

We aim to start shooting in March and have the film completed by September, and although we feel it is a realistic date, quite often schedules change due to weather, crew/cast not being available for certain dates.

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    A HEARTFELT THANK YOU - and the knowledge you have helped to make independent film making a reality!

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    SHORT FILM & DIGITAL POSTER - Be one of the first people in the world to see the short film ALLEYCATS. We'll send you a link to see the film and a digital poster.

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    FEATURE FILM - Now we're talking! Receive an HD copy of the finished film when it's released digitally (includes all rewards listed above).

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    SOUNDTRACK - You must be a fan of some kick ass beats! Not only will you get an HD copy of the film, you'll also receive the composed soundtrack.
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    BONUS FOOTAGE & MAKING OF - Behind the scenes access. You'll get a wealth of bonus footage and exclusive "making of" clips when we send the finished film.
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    DIGITAL SCRIPT - Are you a film buff? This is your chance to own the original script in digital form! (Includes all the rewards listed above)

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    DVD OR BLU-RAY- lets get physical! When the film is released on DVD and BluRay we'll send it straight to you on your chosen format (includes all rewards listed above).

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    EXCLUSIVE STORYBOARDS - Get your hands on some of the original storyboards printed on high quality card, framed and SIGNED by the director, Ian Bonhote. With this reward you will forever own an exclusive piece of the film! Our brilliant storyboard artist Kieron Edwards has worked on several well known productions including Misfits, Banana, and Solstice (includes all rewards listed above. PLEASE NOTE: this is a limited edition reward - it is not included in ANY other reward package).

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    3 x EXCLUSIVE 'SPOKE CARDS' - Spoke cards are used as a 'badge of honour' for competing in alleycat races and this is your chance to own the ones featured in the film! (Includes all rewards listed above)

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT - Show your support for ALLEYCATS on your back! We'll ship a shirt right to you in your choice of S, M, L or XL. These T-shirts will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers! (includes all rewards listed above).

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    LIMTED EDITION POSTER - Show your support for ALLEYCATS by hanging this poster in pride of place at home. These posters will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers! Final design will be revealed closer to the release of the film (includes all rewards listed above).

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    NAME ON THE END CREDITS + DIGITAL REWARDS - Your name on the end credits of the UK theatrical release as a Kickstarter funder of our film! (includes rewards at the £20 level).

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    GRAFFITI TAG! How about getting your name on screen DURING the film? Have your name or a tag of your choice featured on a graffiti wall! This will also include your name on the end credits. (Also includes DIGITAL REWARDS at £20 level. Tags must not be inappropriate and are subject to the Producer's discretion).

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    PRE-RELEASE SCREENING TICKETS - get to see the film with members of the cast and crew at this exclusive screening before general release. You'll receive two tickets to this event (includes all rewards listed above, travel expenses not included).

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    EXCLUSIVE BIKE PROPS
    Like bikes? Like films? Perfect! Get your hands on some exclusive accessories which will have featured in the film! We're talking top end products from the highest quality bike brands! The bundle will include a messenger bag, tool bag, and bike lock as well as some of our unique spoke cards and a foam can cooler. (Also includes DIGITAL REWARDS at £20 level).

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    POST PRODUCTION PACKAGE - Find out what goes into making a film in this behind the scenes package that will give you a visit to watch the edit. PLUS you will be taken to lunch by the Director and Producer! (includes all rewards at the £125 level, travel expenses not included).

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    DELUXE POST-PRODUCTION PACKAGE - You'll be given access to watch not only the edit, but the grading, the sound mixing, EVERYTHING that goes into making the film after the actual filming is wrapped! PLUS you will be taken to lunch by the Director and Producer. (includes all rewards at the £125 level, travel expenses not included).

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    NEW BIKES - Due to popular demand we are releasing some more bikes! If you wanted a bike used in the film but missed out before, why not grab yourself one of these? (Not quite as high-spec as the previous bikes, but still great items!)

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    SET VISIT AND LUNCH - Meet the cast and crew and then have lunch with the director and producer! (includes all rewards at the £125 level, travel expenses not included).

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    GET ON YOUR BIKE - We'll be using a number of bikes whilst filming ALLEYCATS and now's your opportunity to own some film history. We'll even have it signed by the cast and crew! (includes all rewards at the £125 level).

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - So you want to be a big-shot, industry recognised, Associate Producer huh? Line up alongside the big names of the film! (includes all rewards from £1000 level and below).

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Funding period

- (35 days)