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Struggling in poverty to support her sick brother, determined Anna begins work in a electronics factory to pay for his treatment. Read more

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Struggling in poverty to support her sick brother, determined Anna begins work in a electronics factory to pay for his treatment.

Hatfield, UK Shorts
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The Message

In China, hundreds of thousands of poverty-stricken workers hand-assemble electronic components which go on to become smartphones, tablets, games consoles and other devices for leading companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Sony.

In 2010, more than a dozen of these workers committed suicide, which led to investigations which revealed poor working conditions, long hours, and underage employees.

What if this happened in the UK? While this film is a work of fiction, we hope to trigger a wide-spread discussion about what we take for granted, and the continuing abuse of human rights. The Britain we will depict is far from the safe and comfortable one we know...

The Story

How Are You? is set in a dystopian Britain and follows Anna, a 17 year old who lives in a rural area with her small family. When her younger brother falls ill, resources are stretched and there is little hope for his recovery. Then Anna comes across a new electronics manufacturing company, producing beautiful gadgets and gizmos for the wealthier people in the world. She makes the difficult decision to leave her brother's side and travel to London, lured by the prospect of a good income.

But, of course, it doesn't turn out quite how Anna expected.

The film will be between 8-10 minutes in length.

The Team

We are a group of students at the University Of Hertfordshire, beginning our journey into the film industry. The stakes are high and we're throwing everything we've got into this production. Unfortunately, what we've got doesn't include vast sums of cash.

Producer - Laurence Tuck

Director - Matthew Small

1st Assistant Director - Faris Ali Qazi

Production Design - Samia Naifeh

Director of Photography - Jann Yean

Sound Design - Asra Hussain

The Money

Around half of your money will be required to hire out the space we will be filming the majority of our film in. A few hundred will go into production design - we want as much of your money as possible to be on the screen. The rest will cover actors' expenses and food. We are also putting a lot of our own money into this, as much as is necessary. Any funds we receive over our target will further improve the authenticity of the set and therefore create a more immersive film, making the spread of our message much more effective. We are also going to be looking at entering the completed film into UK film festivals.

Every penny you entrust with us will be received with indescribable gratefulness. We are doing our best to make a powerful little film which we all care about very deeply, so thank you for being a part of it and helping it come to life.

Risks and challenges

We're dealing with sensitive topics, but we don't want to tiptoe around them without being noticed. There's a balance to strike and months of consideration have gone into every line of the script to be sure the message will come out in the right way, and that effort will continue.

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