About this project
We are delighted to have met our target so quickly, thanks to all our backers. However, we are still looking to raise more money. If we can we have a greater opportunity to make this film something truly special. Our new target is to raise £5000, it's ambitious but not impossible!
A Bad Penny is a comedy drama feature film which follows Penny, a 29 year old car park attendant trying to deal with the mundanity of her job while she processes the aftermath of her break up. The film dips into magical realism as a form of escape for Penny, as she daydreams her way through life and work. Our aim is to represent a lesbian character whose identity is not solely defined by their sexuality, whilst also not reducing it to a token attribute.
The inspiration for the film is primarily drawn from uniquely British comedies, such as Alice Lowe's Prevenge, Rachel Tunnard's Adult Life Skills and Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy, as well as films such as Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
We are currently in the full swing of pre-production. We have secured a number of experienced professional actors including Katherine Press and Craig Russell. We will also be using original music recorded by Cornwall-based artist Trundlebee.
We'll be keeping this page updated with our progress, including pictures of locations, confirmed actors and general project developments.
Much as we'd like to, we can't fund this film alone! The money raised on Kickstarter will go towards our cast, props, sets and locations. Whilst A Bad Penny is no sci-fi epic, we aim to create a film that is of the highest quality. We really do want the film to reflect the passion that has gone into making it!
Katherine Press playing - PENNY
Katherine is a professional actress with screen credits including Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Captain America and Stephen Poliakoff’s Dancing on the Edge, in addition to the role of Ophelia in Trevor Nunn’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead in the West End. Following professional ballet training, Katherine studied at the University of Cambridge, where she worked with directors including Tom Attenborough, Jamie Glover and Josh Seymour, produced multiple theatre productions, and served as President of the Marlowe Society.
Callum Clarke playing - EVAN
Callum is a professional actor with credits including BBC's Our World War and Sky's The Tunnel. Most recently he has played Arestes in Frank McGuinness’s adaptation of Electra. He trained for two years at Identity School of Acting.
Natalys Willcox - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Natalys is a comedy writer and director with experience in improvisation and stand-up. Her most recent project was the short mockumentary film Summoning, on which she collaborated with Callum Clarke, Harry Faint and Brittany McNellis. Natalys also recently completed a BBC Comedy Production placement on David Mitchell’s BBC2 sitcom Upstart Crow.
Mike Brown - PRODUCER
Mike is a producer and graduate of the School of Film & Television at Falmouth University. His most recent short film, The Reunion, won best 10-15 Minute Film at Falmouth Film Festival and the Royal Television Society Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Drama.
Giulia Franchi - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Giulia has shot and edited multiple documentary short films, which have taken her from Cornwall to Costa Rica, and featured subjects from beekeepers to champion bellyboarders. In 2016 she edited drama short Ego Complex and her most recent project, Babies & Bellyboards, is in post-production prior to festival submission.
Brittany McNellis - CAMERA/MAKE-UP
Brittany has worked in various capacities on productions on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently in the make-up department on Jamie Adams' latest improvised feature film Songbird. She was also Director of Photography and Head of Special Effects on Summoning, written and directed by Natalys Willcox. Brittany specialises in special effects make-up, receiving her training at Metropolitan State in the USA and with Neil Gorton in the UK. She was recently invited to film and edit a behind-the-scenes film about Gorton Studio training courses.
Harry Faint - HEAD OF SOUND
Harry has worked in the sound department on several short films, using his academic studies on sound disciplines in industry to benefit his practice. Graduating from Falmouth University with a first class degree in Film, Harry continues to pursue opportunities to work on films that represent the underrepresented. Harry previously worked on Summoning with Natalys Willcox.
David Everitt - EDITOR
David is an experienced freelance editor and cameraman, with qualifications in HND Moving Image and a BA Hons in Applied Media. Having always had a creative mindset David is now applying his skillset towards narrative filmmaking, having previously edited videos for businesses including Plymouth University, Fal River Cornwall, Cornwall Maritime Museum, and the Eden Project.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest obstacle is time. We are a very ambitious team and have plenty of hard work to do before we can show you our film.
Our intention is for 'A Bad Penny' to be ready for festival submission in Summer 2018.
We have a shooting schedule set for early Summer 2017, with leeway built in for any delays or issues. This allows us plenty of time for post-production and troubleshooting any obstacles that we may need to overcome.
Obviously we hope that this doesn't happen, but in case it does we'll be ready and prepared.
We hope you'll enjoy watching 'A Bad Penny' as much as we enjoy making it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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