About this project
New - Stretch Goal - £30,000!
Our Initial target of £18,156 was enough to shoot Self-Help for the very minimum BUT we still need to reach £30,000 to complete our budget and finish the film. So please jump on board, become a Backer and help us make the best British female-led jet-black comedy horror ever!
--- If we reach over £25,000 we will make a Special Behind-the-Scenes Video and RELEASE IT TO EVERYONE --
What's Self-Help about?
Self-Help: A Serial Killer's Guide to Life is a female-led, satirical, darkly comic feature film by the BAFTA long-listed team who brought you multi-award winning, pitch-black comedy short: This Way Out, screened on HBO & Sundance Channel Europe.
It's set against the back-drop of the lucrative Self-Help world - we've all read, seen or heard a 'step by step guide to live better' (or more attractive or more successful or more frickin positive..). Well, this film is a hilarious, hysterical and horrifying fun-poke at the sometimes ridiculous, often self-fulfilling side of the Self-Help industry and those of us who are seduced into consuming it.
Self-Help: A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life is about Louise Farnt. She’s lost-in-life and a total self help addict - but when she’s taken by personal guru wannabe (and borderline psychotic) Val Stone she finds herself on an unwitting killing spree of violent self discovery - around the south-coast of England's most 'alternative' therapies.
Written & Directed by award-winning Staten Cousins-Roe, with Director of Photography - James Layton, (Downtown Abbey, Sherlock, Diana with Naomi Watts, This Way Out). And Acting stuff by Olivier award-winning Katie Brayben and a host of other EVEN more fabulous people that we can't yet announce.
Why is this film important?
Women in Film. Seriously. Not only do we have two female lead characters, but we're also planning a gender balanced crew too - with our goal for at least 50% women on our team.
We're horrified that of the top 100 grossing films in 2015: women comprised only 22% of protagonists and 33% of speaking roles. (http://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/research/). Not in THIS film!
What did people say about This Way Out?
‘This Way Out brims with bone-dry comedy that’ll have you rollicking in your seat. An absolute gas for every minute of its running time, it ought to make writer director Staten Cousins-Roe a name to look out for.' – Matt Oakes, silverscreenriot.com
‘Much like the manager of a boutique Euthanasia Clinic this film ticks all the boxes’ – Josh Allen, oneandother.com
Twitter comments: "Excellent and Hilarious."@ExpensiveVase "Loved this dark comedy"@EMSVEN13 "Wonderfully acerbic."@VHSrevival
Check out the trailer of This Way Out (Click on the £1 reward to see the whole film..):
Spread the word! For updates FOLLOW us on Twitter via @PoppyRoe, @TrixiePig (KatieBrayben), @StatenCr (Writer Director) & @FMPictures or Please LIKE us at: https://www.facebook.com/FMpics- Tell other film fans! Tell your friends! We need you.
Why we need your help, where will your money go?
Every penny we raise will go towards making the quality of this feature film better - EVERY bit of funding will give us more time, more make up, more special effects - MORE. We learned, on This Way Out, how to make something for not much - and how to stretch each penny. We're EXTREMELY excited about this project and with YOUR backing we can take it to the moon and back...or make an award winning, Film-Festival busting, Gut-Splittingly Entertaining MOVIE, (I mean I like the moon but I like the movie idea better).
Plus Katie and Poppy aren't cheap...just kidding, they're incredibly cheap.
Writer Director - Staten Cousins Roe
Staten was born on the South coast of England (But don't hold that against him). His first film This Way Out screened at over 30 international festivals, won multiple awards - inc. Best Comedy at Aesthetica Film Festival & OffBeat Comedy Award at the Festival Du Cinema European (Which sounds good doesn't it?). PLUS now Staten's developing it into a TV series with What Larks Productions (Jo Brand's, Damned - Ch 4).
Katie Brayben - Louise Farnt
Katie won Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award in 2015 for her performance as Carole King in Beautiful the Musical (her fellow nominees were Gemma Arterton, Tamsin Greig and Beverley Knight). She most recently played opposite Jessie Eisenberg, Alfie Allen, Kunal Nayyar & Annapurna Sriram in The Spoils. And filmed on the new series of Doctor Who and the movie version of Rupert Goold's King Charles III, written by Mike Bartlett, reprising her role of Diana Princess of Wales.
Watch Katie doing some of her acting/singing 'fing at the Oliviers here (She's alright isn't she?)
James Layton - Award winning Cinematographer
Poppy Roe - Val Stone
Giles Alderson - Co-Producer
Laura Coffey - Assistant Producer
Digital Downloads, Video Messages from the team, Posters, Set Visits, Cast & Crew Screenings, even BEING IN THE FILM! and actually BECOMING A PRODUCER. Wow. Just. WOW.
THANK YOU. To celebrate the flood of support from early backers we're sending a hilarious digital Bloopers Reel of the film (Yeah, we already know there's going to be a lot of mayhem) to ALL Backers! !
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is keeping Katie and Poppy under control - if even one of them gets loose, we could be making a very different film!
But seriously, the biggest challenge will be keeping to a tight production schedule. The hard work will be on set making sure we get our days, and that all the moving pieces come together in the right way.
Distribution is always a challenge for low-budget films, but then we were told that before making This Way Out and we had it screened on HBO Europe and across the world so we're confident that with a feature film we can make even more of an impact. Plus everything we've learned on This Way Out will be put to use on maximising the exposure of Self-Help: A Serial Killer's Guide to Life. We're planning on a launch to top tier festivals and then a distributor launch through festival exposure and our already made contacts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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