After getting dumped for the eleventh time in a row, the main character, Frankie (27 years old), discovers to her dismay that she has a loser in love gene, which predisposes her to chronic failure and rejection for the rest of her life. And Frankie is not alone. It is estimated by scientists that one in five people have the gene for romantic misfortune (the D-type gene).
Frankie is distraught. What’s the point of meeting someone new, if you already know how it’s going to end? With no cure in sight, (apart from lifelong celibacy/taking up a hobby), the future looks bleak. But Frankie refuses to accept her fate. She’s not going to spend the next fifty years stamp collecting ALONE. She decides to embark on a quest to change her romantic future.
THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COLLECTIVELY DUMPED 72 TIMES. How many times have you been dumped?
WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR
We shot the film in summer/autumn 2014 on location in London and now we're looking for funds to complete the project!
Your money will go towards:
- Filming additional scenes
- Sound Design and Mix
- Visual Effects
FOR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, PLEASE CONTACT US
In addition to this Kickstarter campaign we're also offering equity in the film. For investment opportunities and further information, please visit our WEBSITE or contact us directly at email@example.com
The project began its life as a short film called LUNCH DATE, which was funded entirely on Kickstarter (thanks to 87 fantastic people).
The premise: Getting dumped always hurts. Even more so, when your boyfriend sends his 13 year old brother to break the news.
To watch the original one-minute kickstarter video pitch where writer/director, Sasha Collington, dressed up as a schoolboy in the name of art:
‘Lunch Date’ went on to screen at film festivals across the United States, including Aspen Shortsfest (where it won a Special Jury Recognition Award), Palm Springs Shortfest, Woodstock Film Festival, Lunafest, Boulder Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival, St Louis Film Festival, Santa Barbara Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival amongst others. It had a limited theatrical release at the famous Chinese Manns Theatre in Los Angeles, and was picked up by television broadcaster, KQED, in California.
And now, three and a half years later, the short film is going to become a FEATURE FILM: 'Love Type D'.
- We will ask someone out (or dump someone) on your behalf by video message!
- Appear in the film as an ancestor of the main character! Your face will be photoshopped into a very old photograph from the turn of the century.
- A character in the film will have a fake tattoo with YOUR NAME on it and a cross through it, because you dumped this poor person and broke their heart.
- Appear in our video of dumping cliches!
- Your very own digital ‘Are you D-Type?’ flowchart. Test yourself and all your friends!
- A character from the film will follow you for a year on twitter.
- Digital download of the film, DVDs, posters, badges and much more!
WHO ARE WE? (good question)
Sasha Collington (right) - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Sasha is an award-winning writer and director. She has an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She won a Skillset Bursary, a Postgraduate Bursary from SW Screen and a John Brabourne Award to attend the MA, during which time she wrote and directed five short films. She was selected for the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam where she spent five months developing her feature screenplay, ANOTHER ANNA and was also selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus. Her most recent short film, LUNCH DATE, which was funded entirely on Kickstarter, screened at film festivals across the USA, including Aspen Shortsfest (where it won a Special Jury Recognition Award), Palm Springs Shortfest, Lunafest, Boulder Film Festival and many others.
Michael Halpern (left) - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Michael earned a Masters Degree in Business and a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University. In 1976, Michael founded the law firm of Michael Halpern, P.A. which practiced law in Florida for thirty five years. Michael served as President of his local bar association and was twice honored by the Supreme Court for his pro bono representation of the indigent and the elderly. Michael began his business career with the development and operation of bars and restaurants in South Florida. He subsequently expanded his business interests to include the development and operation of hotels, residential, and commercial properties, and now film. Michael currently serves as President and Chairman of seven hotel and real estate companies as well as three charitable foundations.
Maeve Dermody - FRANKIE
Maeve Dermody is currently filming a 3-part BBC Christmas special, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, in which she plays a leading role alongside an amazing cast including Sam Neill, Aidan Turner (POLDARK), Charles Dance (GAME OF THRONES), Miranda Richardson, Douglas Booth (JUPITER ASCENDING, NOAH). Maeve has recently completed filming on an Australian/Italian co-production, THE SPACE BETWEEN. She has starred in numerous TV and film projects, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Australian Film Institute (AFI) and the Film Critics Circle Of Australia (FCCA Awards).
Oliver Farnworth - THOMAS (Frankie's Ex-Boyfriend who sends his 11-year-old brother to dump her.)
Oliver Farnworth's mysterious character, Andy Carver, Les Dennis’s long-lost son, has gripped Coronation Street’s seven million viewers. Oliver appeared as series regular Florian Dupont in MR. SELFRIDGE alongside Jeremy Piven (ENTOURAGE). He has also appeared in numerous theatre productions, including playing Lysander in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for the British Shakespeare Company, Blackmore in D.H Lawrence's THE WIDOWING OF MRS.HOLROYD at the New Vic Theatre, and in the West End: Holding The Man at Trafalgar Studios, and most recently opposite Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) as Tony in BEAUTIFUL THING at the Arts Theatre, London and UK Tour.
Rory Stroud - WILBUR (Thomas's 11-year-old brother)
Rory Stroud started his professional career early, appearing in PETER PAN with David Hasselhoff (BAYWATCH, KNIGHT RIDER) at the Wimbledon Theatre. Soon afterwards he was cast to play Bobby Beale in the BBC’s award winning soap, EASTENDERS, where he notoriously turned his hand to the murder of his sister, as 10 million viewers shockingly discovered in March. Most recently he appeared alongside George MacKay (PRIDE, SUNSHINE ON LEITH) in the Eugene O’Neill comedy, AH, WILDERNESS! at the Young Vic, and was described by the famous theatre critic, Quentin Letts, as “excellent”.
Elin Phillips - DEBRA
Elin is originally from Bridgend in South Wales and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009. Elin played lead character Rhian in two series of the Tony Jordan drama CRASH. Other TV credits include DOCTORS, S4C dramas ZANZIBAR, GWAITH/ CARTREF and Y SYRCAS along with sitcom IHA SHEELAGH. Her stage credits include the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatr Clwyd, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. She is a highly skilled voice artist and has starred in a number of BBC Radio 4 dramas.
Tim Marriott - MALCOLM
Tim Marriott has appeared in a wide range of touring, repertory and West End theatre but is, perhaps, best known as the thoughtful deputy manager, Gavin, in seven series of the hit 90’s BBC sitcom, THE BRITTAS EMPIRE, which is rumoured to be returning to the BBC next year. Other TV appearances include British Airman, Tigger Thompson, in ALLO ALLO, THE BILL, DOCTORS, LUV, AN ACTOR'S LIFE FOR ME and THE MAIN EVENT. Tim left the stage to become Director of Drama at Eastbourne College in 2000 but was persuaded back into comedy by director Sasha Collington.
Asif Khan - DEEPAK and Ruth Bratt - JENNY
Asif Khan (left) - DEEPAK
Asif trained at RADA. His theatre credits include: Handbagged (2015 UK Tour, Tricycle London/Eleanor Lloyd Productions), Love, Bombs & Apples (Arcola Theatre), Multitudes (Tricycle Theatre), Mixed Up North (Out of Joint), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Queen of the Nile (HullTruck), Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi (Arcola Theatre) & Snookered (Tamasha/Bush Theatre) – Winner of Best New Play (Manchester Theatre Awards). Film & Television includes: Spooks (BBC), The Dumping Ground (BBC), Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC), Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (Sky1) and BAFTA winning Plot to Bring Down Britain's Planes (Channel 4).
Ruth Bratt (right) - JENNY
Ruth is a writer-performer; the second series of her BBC Radio 4 show with Lucy Trodd, 'Trodd en Bratt Say Well Done You', is due for broadcast in November. The first series was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award for best scripted comedy. She is a founder member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which is currently running in the West End at the Apollo Theatre. As well as improvising in Showstopper, she is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players, 1/3 of Panthercannon and ½ of DnR, and guested on What Does The Title Matter Anyway? at the Edinburgh Festival with Clive Anderson. TV credits include both series of People Just Do Nothing (BBC3), both series of Mongrels (BBC3), Vic Reeves’ The Ministry of Curious Stuff (CBBC), Derek (C4), Midnight Beast (E4), Edge of Heaven (ITV), Quick Cuts (BBC4). Radio includes The Best Laid Plans and both series of Sarah Millican’s Support Group.
Philip Duguid-McQuillan (centre) - ANDY
Philip is originally from Bradford and trained at Birmingham School of Acting. Philip's theatre credits include Rudge in the History Boys at Theatre by the Lake. He’s also enjoyed playing the lovably eccentric and painfully shy Luke in the original cast production and transfer of Paines Ploughs’ ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ written by Tom Wells at The Bush Theatre. In great contrast he played Dan White in the verbatim play ‘Execution of Justice’ at Southwark Playhouse, a challenging performance as the man on trial for the assassination of Harvey Milk. Recent screen credits include playing gauche tag-along boyfriend Tim in feature film ‘Making It’ and feature, Eliminate: Archie Cookson.
Emeka Sesay - KEVIN
Emeka studied at Southwark College of Performing Arts, and a one year course at Anna Scher Theatre School making his professional acting debut in Faust at the young vic theatre in London 2011. His theatre credits include: Platform People at The Old Vic Theatre, Hamlet at the Young Vic Theatre, The Grandfathers at Soho Theatre, Celebrity Gala at The Old Vic Theatre. His film credits include the role of David in BAFTA nominated short film Good Night, Sam in The Sweeney with Ray Winstone and Jamal in feature film Still with Aiden Gillen.
Alexandra Evans (centre right) - CECILIA (Thomas's new girlfriend)
Alexandra is based in London full time and has been working between London and LA. She recently worked on Hallmarks new film alongside Rupert Penry Jones, Colin Mcfarlane and Amy Masrton. This year she also became the new and first presenter for the RBS 6 nations. Her previous work in film includes: the Martin Amis movie adaptation of London Fields which comes out next year, the Redistributors, the Thompsons and Dragons of Camelot.
Sophie Fletcher - MARIANNE and Will Firth - JOHN THE INTERN.
Sophie Fletcher (above left) - MARIANNE (The office boss)
Winner of the Funny Women writing award 2014, Sophie is an actor, writer and one half of comedy double-act Heffernan & Fletcher. Recently Heffernan & Fletcher were finalists at Sketchfest 2014. They won the Hat Trick Short and Funnies Award in 2013 for their sketch 'Baby' and were finalists of the Gilded Balloon’s Best New Sketch Act 2013. H&F first worked together when they co-founded sketch comedy group, The History Girls in 2008. Best Show Award nominees at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2012, The History Girls won an Audience Award at Manchester’s Co-filmic festival in 2011 and were semi-finalists in the Laughing Horse New Act Competition 2010. With Objective Productions (Peepshow) they filmed a series of sketches for BBC Online Comedy and had a sell-out show at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh 2012. Heffernan & Fletcher’s debut show as a double-act, 'Roll It In Sequins', created in collaboration with the Soho Theatre, opened at the Leicester Comedy Festival at played at the Underbelly in Edinburgh 2013.
Will Firth (above right) - JOHN THE INTERN
Will always loved acting and would regularly be involved in his community theatre growing up. His first experience acting in England was when he attended East 15 acting school where he did the one year foundation course, and then subsequently the three year BA acting course. He has appeared in several drama school productions including KING LEAR, ROBIN HOOD and had his first experience of performing on a professional stage in London at the Tristan Bates theatre. It was there he had the pleasure to work with Director, Mike Alfreds, on BLOOD WEDDING by Federico Lorca where he played the Moon. LOVE TYPE D is his first film role.
Samuel Jones - THE SMALL BOY
This is Samuel's first film role. He is part of LHK youth theatre production and has taken part in numerous pantomimes and musical theatre. He currently studies at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).
Luke Halpern - RESTAURANT SINGER
Luke Halpern is a junior at Tulane University. He was excited to make his film debut working with Sasha Collington. Other credits include the soldier in L'Histoire du Soldat, Riff Raff in the Rocky Horror Show, and Benny in Rent.
Victoria Emslie - SUSANNA and Tom Rooke - HENRY
Victoria Emslie (above left) - SUSANNA
Victoria Emslie is a British Actress with an MA in Arabic and French from the University of St. Andrews and an MA in Acting for Screen from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her credits include The Christmas Candle (2013), The Theory of Everything (2014), The Danish Girl (2015) and Downton Abbey (2015).
Tom Rooke (above right) - HENRY
Tom is best known for roles in popular British film and TV, such as Atonement, RockNrolla, Murphy’s Law, Midsummer Murders, Wounded, Demon, the Penalty King. He’s just finished filming ‘SICK’ with (OSCAR winning director) David Winstone, Tom is currently starring as the lead in (BAFTA and Olivier award winning) director John Godber’s ‘On the Piste’
Tristam Summers - JAMES and Roshni Rathore - ZARA
Tristam Summers (centre left) - JAMES
Tristam has recently finished filming on ITV's INSPECTOR LEWIS as Adam Capstone and is currently reprising his role of 'Tom Pepper' in EASTENDERS (BBC). Other television credits include: GAMECHANGERS (BBC); RICHARD III: THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER (Channel 4). Film credits include: LOVE LIKE HERS (Stada Media); The Sacred Thread (I.O.M. Pictures), K.SWISS PROJECT (Achilles Entertainment); MIXED DOUBLES (Milton Media); BELONG (JD entertainment). Tristam is also the UK voice for one of the largest multinational communication organisations & has worked in this capacity on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE; as well as the comedy GIBB & WILL & many household brands.
Roshni Rathore (centre right) - ZARA
Roshni Rathore trained at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Her theatre credits include: Mountains (The Old Red Lion Theatre), The Most Incredible Nothing (BAC). Film and TV credits include: Outside Bet, You Know The Way Nostalgia Feels (short), The Southbank Centre Goes Bollywood, 80's Vampire Flick, A Touch of Cloth (Sky 1).
Dan Starkey - ROLAND (Nobel Prize winning moth specialist)
Dan trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he won the Peter Ackerman Prize for Comedy.Television credits include: Strax in Doctor Who; Inside No. 9; Wizards vs. Aliens; The Sarah Jane Adventures and Casualty (BBC). He was also on the winning team from Trinity Hall, Cambridge on Christmas University Challenge 2014. Film includes The Ten Pieces (BBC Music); Fix (Dynamo Films); Interview EK:897 (Afternoon Brew Productions). Dan has been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, and appeared in over 80 radio plays and broadcasts. Notable appearances include The Archers, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, Wordsmith, The Incomparable Witness, Dickens Confidential, The Late Mr. Shakespeare, Scoop, Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop and Henry VIII. He has also recorded numerous audio dramas for Big Finish Productions.
Christopher Schneider - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Christopher Schneider studied cinematography at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and The London Film School where he cut his teeth on hundreds of shorts. Apprenticing for Adam Kimmel, ASC, on Never Let Me Go which was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, he has since photographed features all over America, in the UK and in Canada. Love Type D marks his fourth collaboration with director Sasha Collington. For more info and to watch Christopher’s showreel: http://www.csschneiderphotography.com
John Murphy - EDITOR
John Murphy is a freelance editor based in London with over seven years experience in the film and television industry and an MA in Editing from the National Film and Television School. He has edited a broad range of fiction, documentary and commercial projects including Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s DAU. His films have won numerous awards at festivals including Hot Docs and been nominated for the Griersons. He is currently working on a TV drama series for Red Productions and Sky. http://www.johnmurphyedits.co.uk/
Harry Dodd-Noble - SUPERVISING PRODUCER, PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Harry graduated from the National Film and Television School with a diploma in Production Management working on a number of successful projects. Prior to this, he gained experience at Curtis Brown, Independent Talent and Working Title. Since graduating, he produced the short ‘Lunch Date’ working with Director Sasha Collington, has assisted on a number of films including the Film London Microwave Projects (including ‘iLL manors’ directed by ‘Plan B’) and is currently in post-production on his latest short. As well as physical production, in 2013 Harry was working for the film finance company Motion Picture Capital whose projects included the Wachowskis TV venture ‘Sense8’ and a remake of the BBC series ‘Blake’s 7’. He was also involved in the preparation of the BBCs newest Digital Arts Project ‘The Space’ .
Jane Frisby - CASTING DIRECTOR
Jane Frisby has cast numerous feature films including 'Turbulence' (Director Adam Kossoff, Producer Richard Taylor), 'Hear My Song' (Director Peter Chelsom, Producer Alison Owen), 'Shopping' (Director Paul W S Anderson, Producer Jeremy Bolt), 'Boston Kickout' (Director Paul Hills, Producer Paul Trijbits), 'The Man Inside' and 'Stormhouse' (both for Director Dan Turner, Producer Dean Fisher), 'Learning To Breathe' (Director and Producer Dan Turner), 'Interview With a Hitman' (Director Perry Bhandal, Producer Dean Fisher) and many more.
Mimi Milburn-Foster - COSTUME DESIGNER
After getting a BA (hons) in Textile Design from Central Saint Martins, Mimi gained further experience in design and construction for fashion through internships with some of Britain's leading fashion designers, including Zandra Rhodes and Alexander McQueen. She entered the world of Costume for film by applying to design short films for up and coming graduates from the film studies courses in London. Here she spring boarded into broadening her network, designing many short films, commercials, TV dramas and several feature films, as well as assisting in other areas of the costume department for some seriously talented award winning designers - always adding to her experiences, and making every effort to expand her knowledge and aspire to greater things.
John Bailie - CAMERA OPERATOR
John started working as a Freelance Camera Assistant and Clapper Loader in 1985, working mainly in documentaries, commercials and music videos. Progressing to Focus Puller in 1991 in commercials for Ridley Scott Associates, he moved into Features and TV Dramas on such films as “Underworld”, “Below”, “Colour Me Kubrick”, “Made of Honour” and most recently on “Fury”. Experience as a Camera Operator goes right back to his documentary days, and also occasional B Camera work in TV Dramas as well as a screen credit for B Camera on the Universal Feature film “Doom”(2005). John was the Camera Operator on Sasha Collington’s short film “Lunch Date” and has also served as Cinematographer on the short films “In Passing” (2009) and “The Perfect Murder” (1994).
Risks and challenges
There are many risks and challenges to making a film, or for that matter any creative project. The good news is that we've already shot most of the film, so that's already one worry you can put aside. We're on the home stretch and we have a very talented team in place who are experienced in what they do. Sasha and Christopher have already run one successful Kickstarter campaign (which delivered exactly what it promised), and are excited to be here again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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