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A short, period absurdist comedy, surrounding a group of women who work for a 1960s Manhattan dishwasher sales company, 1-800-D-DIRECT.
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1-800-D-DIRECT is an ambitious, bold and stylised short comedy set in 1960s Manhattan. 

A little over a year ago, co-producers/writers & actors Haley Bishop and Gemma Yates-Round planted the seed of this film around their kitchen table. It happened fairly organically during their usual morning banter, but the true inspiration sprouted from a desire to create the roles they so deeply desired to play. It has since blossomed into a piece of work they are immensely proud to put their names to.

Gemma Yate-Round as Frances & Haley Bishop as Joyce
Gemma Yate-Round as Frances & Haley Bishop as Joyce
Just SOME of our amazing crew so far!
Just SOME of our amazing crew so far!

Over the last six months, Gemma & Haley assembled a powerhouse of talented filmmakers to pull off this ambitious short, culminating at the end of June with our major shoot where we captured the bulk of principal photography. 



However the film is far from completion, and we are seeking support in the form of finishing funds to help us bring 1-800-D-DIRECT to life. We are yet to film a major scene that will be shot in the style of a 1960s commercial, which means kit fees, location and costume hire. We also have crucial post-production expenses to cover such as colour grade, music composition & the film festival circuit. 

This film needs to be told! It explores themes of gender role reversal in an era so limited for  women in the workplace, as well as presenting us with female empowerment in a hilariously original way. We are so proud of what we have achieved thus far and what is yet to come for this special short film.  

And.... what is yet to come you might ask? Well....we want the spunky ladies of 1-800-D-DIRECT to hit the festival circuit and spread the D love. And that is exactly what we plan to do. A strong festival and marketing plan is being pieced together to give this film the exposure it not only deserves, but needs! We have high hopes for this bright, clever & sassy female driven comedy, so we will be putting a strong emphasis on festivals looking for these qualities. 

Separately we hope to use 1-800-D-DIRECT as a proof of concept, a launchpad of sorts to garner some feature buzz. 10 minutes just won't be enough for you, trust me....

Click on a pledge, you won't regret it. THANK YOU! 

Risks and challenges

With any independent short film there are always going to be speed bumps, potholes & at some point a major road block. NO EXCEPTIONS. The beauty of this project is we've been there, we've done that! The major hurdles were overcome in the lead up & during the major shoot. We're not saying it's smooth sailing from here on in, but we're almost at the finish line. Our biggest challenge now is completing post within budget allocations and submission deadlines....EASY!

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    Signed 1-800-D-DIRECT film poster!

    Get a high res digital copy of our film poster! Signed by our Director and lead cast!

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    Personalised 1960s poster advertisement

    Ever dream of being a 1960's housewife? Well for pledging £25, we will make your dreams come true by placing you in your very own 1960's advertisement!

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    D-DIRECT gals will do your dishes!

    Name the time, name the place! We know dirty dishes and we'll clean em like you've never had em cleaned before! nb

    if you live overseas you will have to pay for our flights ;)

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    Roll out the red carpet!!

    You're officially invited to the private screening of 1-800-D-DIRECT! Join the cast and crew for a bubbly & some LOLs at our London debut.

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    Help Us Help Youuuu

    Have you ever wanted to make your own film? By Pledging £500 or more, the D-Direct team will do a 1 hour consultation with filmmakers, business people, writers, actors, or any pledgers, looking to enhance their creative development skills. Plus you'll get a special thank you at our screening!

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    Producer credit 1-800-D-DIRECT!

    Let us credit you as a major supporter of the film with a producer credit.

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