What is Balcony?
Balcony is an independent short film, a drama set in London, currently being supported by Film London as part of the London Calling Plus Scheme which aims to give support to London's new and emerging talent, mentoring up and coming Directors, Writers and Producers.
After initially applying to the Film London scheme late last year we were longlisted and then after additional script revisions and a final pitch we were lucky enough to be shortlisted for the award. In total Film London had 621 applications for the London Calling scheme so we are very excited to have been selected.
Why we need your help??
Although we already have some funding in place, from a variety of sources, we really need your help to raise additional funds so that Balcony gets made as it should be. We have a strong script, a great team, the support of Film London and now we just need your help to make the project stand out from the crowd. We explain below exactly what the extra money will go towards.
ANY DONATIONS WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELPING US REACH OUR GOAL AND WILL BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED. WE HAVE A SHOOT DATE OF THE 22nd MAY SO TIME IS TIGHT!
1. LOCATIONS. The script is ambitious and will be shot in central London. Finding the right location will really help to set the scene for Balcony and the costs associated with shooting on council estates in the middle of one of the worlds most expensive cities is prohibitive to a short film with a small budget.
2. STUNTS - The script contains an ambitious stunt scene in which a young girl falls from a Balcony. We would ideally like to make this scene as realistic as possible which will require a stunt expert and additional equipment all which adds to the extra cost.
3. CASTING - Having to hire a casting director requires money but we feel that having the right cast will really add authenticity to the project especially since we are attempting to secure the services of a named actress for the role of Tina and also to find an unknown young actress from a minority background to play the role of Dana.
￼TINA, a troubled teenage girl, is attracted to DANA, an Afghani girl, whom Tina imagines is oppressively victimised by her controlling substance abusing father, KARIM. Initially, we trust Tina and admire her protectiveness of Dana from the other kids at school and on the violent estate, but as we watch their friendship blossom we come to suspect that something is off. Our fears are answered when Tina tries to make a move on Dana and is rejected, unraveling her false perceptions. Enraged, Tina pushes Dana from a balcony to her death. However, as we witness the intolerant community mistakenly place the blame upon Karim, we realise that the abusive horrors Tina led us to believe were inflicted upon Dana are actually a projection of what Tina is personally enduring. We are confronted by the fact that while Tina has got away with murder, she too is a victim and a dangerous product of a society that fails to see reality with an unprejudiced eye, leaving us questioning on whose shoulders we can place blame.
I wanted to tell a story that captures the daily injustices, individual and institutional, in an environment like the estate I grew up on, a place that struggled with racial tension and simmering rumours. A place where it was often better to keep your mouth shut than get involved. BALCONY intends to provoke as we follow a violent teenage girl's account of a forbidden relationship with a Middle Eastern girl who is the victim of prejudice and shame. Through the protagonist’s blinkered perspective, the film aims to point a finger at the viewer to say that this is what happens when we avoid reality and allow discrimination to dominate.
The narrative structure of BALCONY is influenced by David Michod’s ‘Crossbow,' but occupies a world closer to ‘Fish Tank’ and ‘My Brother The Devil’. It also has similar character traits from ‘Notes on a Scandal’ where rumours fuel the lead’s obsession of an imaginary love. BALCONY pushes the narrator’s unreliability to explore the repercussions of the conjecture and gossip in a broken environment. From the opening, the film intends to touch the audience with a sense of dread that slowly tightens its grip, as our perception of reality crumbles and our own assumptions are challenged to leave us with a memorable viewing experience.
Who are we?
Toby Fell-Holden. Is a British writer/director based in London. He graduated from Columbia's Film MFA in 2013 and his thesis film 'Little Shadow' was long listed for a Bafta and nominated by the Casting Society of America (CSA). He wrote the short 'Subordinate' which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2014. He has been awarded fellowships fro the Moving Picture Institute and Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences. He was also a Sundance Screenwriters Lab Finalist.
Tom Kimberley studied producing at the Media Business School in Spain, following the course with experience at the British Film Institute and Paramount Pictures International. Prior to the Media Business School he spent ten years working in post production at some of the world’s leading post companies. He is currently working at Umedia within the International Film Sales department, where he regularly attends the film markets and festivals representing producers and films.
Ali Mansuri earned his MFA in Producing and Directing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. While in Los Angeles he gained development experience at Mandate Pictures and at 2929 Productions where he worked for the Head of Development. In London, Ali has been a script reader for Heyday Films and Cascade Pictures.
We have attached Amanda Tabak from Candid Casting who has been a casting director for over 20 years and has vast experience of casting actors for features, commercials and music videos. http://www.candidcasting.co.uk/
Some of her credits include: Slap (Bafta Nominated, 2014) The Most Beautiful Man in the World (Bafta Nominated, 2003) Wasp (Oscar Winner 2005)), Kidulthood
Director of Photography.
David Raedeker - We have recently attached David Raedeker as DOP for Balcony. David won best Cinematographer at Sundance in 2012 for his work on My Brother The Devil.
Winner BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Sundance 2012 Winner BEST EUROPEAN FILM Europa Cinemas Award Berlinale 2012 Winner GRAND JURY PRICE LA Outfest 2012 Winner BEST NEW DIRECTOR London Film Festival 2012 Winner BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY New Visions Manaki Borthers FF 2012 Nomination for Technical Achievement in Cinematography LONDON CRITICS CIRCLE FILM AWARDS 2013 Nomination for Technical Achievement in Cinematography EVENING STANDARD AWARD 2013
Risks and challenges
As with any film production you have risks and challenges - but thats part of the excitement and we already have plenty of experience between us, the support of Film London and other film professionals so we're pretty confident of completing this film to an incredibly high standard but as with any production things can change so what we have written above may vary due to circumstances beyond our control, but it's gonna be awesome regardless....Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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