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A  short comedy-drama film. On a disastrous musical retreat, John, George & Ringo replace dead Paul with Billy, a shy local lookalike.
A short comedy-drama film. On a disastrous musical retreat, John, George & Ringo replace dead Paul with Billy, a shy local lookalike.
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Paul is Dead is a comedy-drama short film in the vein of Withnail & I, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Almost Famous, inspired by the archetypical bizarre rock & roll conspiracy theory. 

The Lake District, 1967. Hungover and at each other's throats, John, George and Ringo must convince Billy Shears, a sheepish rural lookalike, to join their band after Paul dies during an experimental-drug filled musical retreat.  

Braving a perilous mountain hike to bury Paul at the summit, they each must face up to their own inner conflicts and calamitous personal shortcomings if they are going to make it through the journey and stop the band from falling apart. 

From left to right: Reid Anderson (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Perplexed Music) Anton Tweedale (Lock In, Strangers) Basil Marples (God Save the King) Ashley Pekri (Solace Of Orpheus)
From left to right: Reid Anderson (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Perplexed Music) Anton Tweedale (Lock In, Strangers) Basil Marples (God Save the King) Ashley Pekri (Solace Of Orpheus)

With this film, we intend to pay homage to the great character comedies we love, and aim to recreate their wit, warmth and charm, along with finally putting to screen a hilarious conspiracy theory that has entertained music fans since 1966.

We also aim to capture the human spirit of the world's most beloved band. Four enigmatic men, each with their own flaws, yet who ultimately were star-crossed icons carrying a message of love and togetherness. 

The Team

This is a graduation film from the University of The Arts London, BA Film Practice. Previous graduation films from this course have gone on to great heights, including a BAFTA nomination for best short film and award wins across the globe.

Writer / Director George Moore's previous work with the same creative team (including award-nominated Director of Photography Harry Green, internationally experienced Producer Laura Martin Laderas and Co-writer & Production Designer Stuart Armstrong) has been well received on the international festival circuit, notably receiving a Special Achievement Award and nominations for Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Director, alongside numerous festivals selections.

The film will be shot on location in the Lake District with completion scheduled for mid-May.

Photos taken during our location scout in December
Photos taken during our location scout in December

 How To Help

We are looking to raise £2500 to complete the film's budget, which will go towards accommodation, transport, catering, and festival submission fees, on top of the £1150 we have already raised, which has been put to use for costume, props, cast fees and expenses.

Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, so we need all the help we can get to reach our goal before the funding closes! Thank you - please press the green button to pledge now!

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Risks and challenges

Every project comes with its own unique risks and challenges.

The film will be shot on location in the Lake District, which means the weather is a big factor to consider. With your help, we'll be able to secure rainproof gear, and limit our risks to hiding from Paul McCartney's lawyers.

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