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Hilarious, female-led jet-black comedy horror about a woman's journey through the sometimes ridiculous world of Self-Help
Hilarious, female-led jet-black comedy horror about a woman's journey through the sometimes ridiculous world of Self-Help
390 backers pledged £27,312 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Self-Help: A Serial Killer's Guide to Life
Self-Help: A Serial Killer's Guide to Life

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..):

Stay Involved!

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. 

Katie & Poppy on location: This Way Out
Katie & Poppy on location: This Way Out

 

On a frickin cliff: This Way Out
On a frickin cliff: This Way Out

 

James with a big fecking camera (ours is nice and thrifty)
James with a big fecking camera (ours is nice and thrifty)

 

Staten with loads of tech stuff - yeah!
Staten with loads of tech stuff - yeah!

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

James has filmed on massively awarded projects (did we mention This Way Out?). He's vastly experienced - having worked as Steadicam/ Camera Operator on: Sherlock, Humans (CH4,) Downton Abbey, Fortitude (Sky), Diana to name a few.  He's worked with actors including James Franco, Glen Close, Natalie Dormer, Naomi Watts, Amber Heard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp and more. Phew!


Poppy Roe - Val Stone

Poppy has appeared in so many TV commercials you will recognise her and not realise why...freaky. She was in & co-wrote short comedy The Leisure Class for the US, produced by HBO ‘Project Greenlight winner’ Jason Mann - the Feature of which was Exec. produced by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon.  

Giles Alderson - Co-Producer

Award-winning producer/director Giles co-Produced This Way Out. He recently produced & directed feature The Dare starring: Richard Brake (Batman) & Bart Edwards (Fantastic Beasts) for Millennium Films (Expendables). He also made The Girl Whisperer starring Ralf Little. His flair for charming comedy & quirky dark drama has made him a visually creative force.

Laura Coffey - Assistant Producer   

Laura has worked at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, served as Deputy Director of Digital for the Cabinet Office, presented at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, helped launch a new bank, and founded an education start-up. She knows how to run projects that deliver.

Rewards

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.

Visit us on set and be a movie mogul (Cigars not included)!
Visit us on set and be a movie mogul (Cigars not included)!

 

Grab a super cool Self-Help tote bag!
Grab a super cool Self-Help tote bag!

 

Grab a Limited Self-Help teaser Poster designed by Gavin Andrews!
Grab a Limited Self-Help teaser Poster designed by Gavin Andrews!

 

Update 23/01/17:

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.

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    Watch our Short film!

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    Thank-you Video from Katie & Poppy!

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    HD Digital Copy of Self-Help!

    Download your very own HD digital copy of Self-Help! Watch it as many times as you like! You're gonna love it.

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    The DVD of Self-Help!

    We will send you your very own DVD of SELF-HELP to treasure!

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    EARLYBIRD! You in the Self-Help Credits!

    SPECIAL LAUNCH DAY ONLY EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT (Normally £50)! Your name in the Thank You credits at the end of the Film! That's YOUR NAME up there on the big screen! And on the world's top movie database IMDB too! This makes you practically famous.

    *All contributors at this level and higher will have their names added to the Thank you credits of Self-Help & IMDB.

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    Ticket to the Screening of SELF-HELP!

    A TICKET to the exclusive screening of SELF-HELP in a fabulous venue in Central London (This Way out screened at BAFTA!) with the Cast & Crew! With a Q & A after!! A fantastic, special experience!

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    Limited Edition Mug!

    Your very own Limited Mug with a special Self-Help: A Serial Killer's Guide To Life design on it. Feel smug every time you drink your tea :)

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    NEW! DVD & You in Self-Help Credits!

    A winning combo! Your name in the Thank you credits of Self-Help (& IMDB) PLUS your very own DVD of Self-Help!

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    2 Tickets to Screening of SELF-HELP!

    Two TICKETS to the exclusive screening of SELF-HELP in a fabulous venue in Central London with the Cast & Crew! With a Q & A after! Impress others - you know very cool people who make movies n'stuff.

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    NEW! Limited run Iconic Poster

    NEW! Own the iconic Self-Help poster (choice of the portrait teaser poster on the main page or the chosen poster artwork made after the film)
    Designed by the brilliant Gavin Andrews. Signed (if you want us to!) and shipped to you!*

    *This perk includes Your name in the Thanks Credits & IMDB, and the digital download of Self-Help.

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    MAKE: 100 LIMITED Signed Script & DVD!

    A LIMITED Edition Script with On-Set annotation and Director's notes.
    WITH a special DVD of Self-Help - all signed by the Director, Katie & Poppy
    (and anyone else even more fabulous we find knocking about...)

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    NEW! Self-Help Tote Bag!

    Self-Help Tote Bag! Get a super cool tote bag with the iconic Self Help title artwork (pic on the main page) on it!* Designed by the brilliant Gavin Andrews!
    PLUS the Self-Help DVD.

    *This perk includes Your Name in the credits and the digital download! Phew that's good.

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    LIMITED Personalised Thank-You Song!

    LIMITED - when they're gone they're gone! We'll email you a personalised thank-you video message SUNG to you by Katie Brayben (She is an Olivier winner for Best Actress in a Musical after all) and Poppy.

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    Skype chat with Katie, Poppy & Staten

    A Skype chat! You'll get an hour to talk to Poppy, Staten & Katie about filmmaking, Self-Help, or whatever! Maybe have some friends over for a screening and we'll do a Q&A afterwards!

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    EARLYBIRD! Ultimate Package!

    SPECIAL LAUNCH DAY ONLY EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT (Normally £250)! The Self-Help Poster, DVD, Script - ALL signed by the Director, Katie & Poppy. Two tickets to the Exclusive London Screening. AND the Self-Help Mug!

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    Ultimate Package!

    The Self-Help Poster, DVD, Script - ALL signed by the Director, Katie & Poppy. Two tickets to the Exclusive London Screening. AND the Self-Help Mug! The whole damn lot!

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    EARLYBIRD! Associate Producer!

    SPECIAL LAUNCH DAY ONLY EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT (Normally £500)! An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Credit on the Film and on IMDB!! You are pretty darn AMAZING.

    You will receive (digital) Production diary, EPK, Script, Behind the scenes Pictures, Concept art and Storyboards.

    Plus 2 tickets to the Exclusive screening.

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    Associate Producer!

    An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Credit on the Film and on IMDB!! You are pretty darn AMAZING.

    You will receive (digital) Production diary, EPK, Script, Behind the scenes Pictures, Concept art and Storyboards.

    Plus 2 tickets to the Exclusive screening.

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    EARLYBIRD! ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PLUS!

    SPECIAL LAUNCH DAY ONLY EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT (Normally £1000)! An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Credit on the film and IMDB!!

    Everything in the Ultimate Package. Plus the (digital) Production diary, EPK, Behind the scenes Pictures, Concept art and Storyboards. Plus 2 Tickets to the Exclusive screening.

    PLUS, if you fancy, you can visit us ON SET*! Be treated like a star (if a star gets to stand watching a monitor drinking tepid tea out a polystyrene cup..on movies they do!) meet the cast & crew and, if you feel like it, (and we can make it work on the day of your visit) be an Extra or be Part of the Crew too! OR, if you can't make it, have a lovely Q&A Skype chat with us straight after the shoot to find out how it went!

    *Accommodation & transport not incl. Transport provided from station to set. Filming around South Coast, near Brighton.

    Includes:
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    • Signed Self-Help Script
    • Limited Edition Self-Help Mug
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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PLUS!

    An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Credit on the film and IMDB!!

    Everything in the Ultimate Package. Plus the (digital) Production diary, EPK, Behind the scenes Pictures, Concept art and Storyboards. Plus 2 Tickets to the Exclusive screening.

    PLUS, if you fancy, you can visit us ON SET*! Be treated like a star (if a star gets to stand watching a monitor drinking tepid tea out a polystyrene cup..on movies they do!) meet the cast & crew and, if you feel like it, (and we can make it work on the day of your visit) be an Extra or be Part of the Crew too! OR, if you can't make it, have a lovely Q&A Skype chat with us straight after the shoot to find out how it went!

    *Accommodation & transport not incl. Transport provided from station to set. Filming around South Coast, near Brighton.

    Includes:
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    • Signed Self-Help Script
    • Limited Edition Self-Help Mug
    • Signed DVD of Self-Help
    • HD Download of Self-Help
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!

    An EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Credit on the film & IMDB. You are pretty much THE BOSS, we are making this film for you.

    You're now part of the movie making process, you're one of the team. You'll have a say on the edit on the film - we'll send you a rough cut of Self-Help prior to release and ask for your thoughts. You're a movie maker now. And who knows, if things go well this could be a partnership that runs and runs.

    You'll also get 6 tickets to the screening, the Set Visit, the Skype Chat, the Dvd's, the poster, the personal message, basically if you see it above and you like it - it's yours...

    Contact us on: contact@forwardmotionpictures.com to talk more about this reward.

    *Accommodation & transport not incl. Transport provided from station to set. Filming around South Coast, near Brighton.

    Includes:
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    • Signed Self-Help Script
    • Limited Edition Self-Help Mug
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    • HD Download of Self-Help
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Funding period

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