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A documentary that journeys to the heart of one of New Zealand music's most dramatic stories, Martin Phillipps and The Chills.
A documentary that journeys to the heart of one of New Zealand music's most dramatic stories, Martin Phillipps and The Chills.
604 backers pledged NZ$ 66,044 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOAL - To boost the films marketing budget. We want to ensure that audiences worldwide will hear about this documentary in the best way possible.

Our new targets are: 

$65,000 - TRAILER Will allow us to beef up our trailer budget so we can present a world class documentary in the same league as our favourite music docs.

$70,000 - US PUBLICIST Hire the best publicist for our yet to be confirmed US festival premiere in early 2019 to help us stand out from the crowd.

Late last year, we were filming with The Chills lead singer Martin Phillipps when he was informed he had a 30% chance of dying within six to twelve months if he did not make substantial lifestyle changes. His subsequent decision to reconcile with the world and confront past mistakes has provided the foundation for a compelling and dramatic documentary narrative.

Martin has been called a lyrical genius and he and The Chills are credited as one of the founding pioneers of the iconic Dunedin Sound - the ground-breaking musical movement that inspired many seminal musicians around the world and helped usher in a new-found sense of cultural worth in New Zealand. 

Life has been rocky for this influential musician, he has battled with addiction and depression and it’s taken an exacting toll on his health. Despite the setbacks though Martin has retained an unrelenting commitment to the music and his meticulous collection of pop culture, music and art.

      
Incredibly candid, Martin has welcomed us into his life.
We will accompany this extraordinary character as he comes to terms with his musical ambition and confronts the key people who influenced the music, along the way uncovering the history of the band and the origins of the Dunedin Sound. 

Combining never seen before archive, with an intimate current day story and backed by a killer musical soundtrack, our film, alongside Martin, picks apart his lifetime of memories, and as his precious items are discarded and redistributed, discovers the story behind it all. 

Journey with Martin as he learns to cope with past decisions and life threatening repercussions. Meet a creative uncompromising in his vision for the music. Discover the humorous and charismatic side to a lyrical master never seen on film before. 

 

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Busting out of a picturesque university town at the bottom of the world in the late 1970s, The Chills were at the forefront of the musical movement 'The Dunedin Sound.' 

The highest profile band on iconic indie label Flying Nun, by the 1980’s The Chills had become the darlings of US college radio along with the likes of The Pixies and R.E.M and established themselves as, in the words of R.E.M’s Mike Mills, ‘the second best band in the world’.

The honesty and passion of the songs invoked the loyalty of fans with anthems like ‘I Love my Leather Jacket’, ‘Pink Frost’, ‘Doledrums’, ‘Heavenly Pop Hit’ and ‘Kaleidoscope World’ The Chills’ music found its way into lounges in the UK, Europe and the US, and was promoted by influential DJs, including late BBC host John Peel. 

Submarine Bells and its key single, 'Heavenly Pop Hit', were a high water mark, the album reaching No.1 and the single No.2 on the New Zealand charts in 1990. 

The Chills are regularly included in lists of the most important songs or albums of the 1980s and have the honour of being number 14 in the Nature’s Best Top 100 Songs of All Time with Pink Frost, a song that has had over 2 million plays on Spotify.

Now 25 years after their last record, Martin Phillipps has reinvigorated the music and the band is on the rise once more. Listen to the sounds of one of New Zealand’s most important musicians:

 

The budget for this film will allow us to produce to the technical and quality level expected of an international film festival feature documentary. 

We have already filmed some incredibly intimate footage, including documenting Martin’s health journey and The Chills sold out New Zealand tour earlier this year. 

But now we need to keep up the momentum, filming key events for Martin’s personal journey and music. 

Your contribution to our goal will make that a reality and allow us to do a huge amount of work towards the successful completion of this film!

 

 

 

Notable Pictures is a leading producer of factual television, documentary and short film, distributed across digital, television and theatrical. Committed to producing quality content that engages, provokes and entertains, we are a company that likes to champion the underdog, challenge the status quo and reflect deeply on the world in which we live.

Previous works by the team at Notable Pictures:

 

 

For me this documentary is a project that is one in a million. Over numerous calls I have grown to be more and more captivated by the artistic hurricane that is Martin Phillipps.

This documentary is more than just a documentary about good music, or about a man going through conflict. This is a documentary about a man who has been through the lightest of light, and the darkest of dark. This is a film about the human experience and we have been granted unconditional access to this journey. 

I truly believe that you as the audience will receive a lot from witnessing this story. We as humans try to conceal these desolate moments. Martin has agreed to expose all this for a once in a lifetime opportunity, an insight to a personal world we often keep hidden from each other.

- Julia Parnell | Director | Producer
 

Rob Curry: "I started making this film as a simple live performance and interview project. By the end of the weekend, I was fully aware that there was potential for a much more substantial work in both the quality of the music and the back story. I have dedicated over two years in pursuit of this film and I can assure you it’s going to be incredibly powerful."

Julia Parnell:"This film has it all death, drama and luminous music, but it’s Martin’s unrelenting pursuit of his creative vision in the face of the greatest odds that is really inspired me in the creation of this film.”

Tim Riley: "The creative development of this film has been the most rewarding experience of my career to date. I was at Canterbury University in the early 1980s when the Dunedin Sound was just starting... now over 30 years later, I have the huge privilege of bringing this music and the story to the world.”

Nicola Peeperkoorn: "I am inspired by Martin Phillipps and the phenomenal music he has created, but I am also surprised at how little New Zealander’s know of the huge international influence this band had. The more I learn the more passionate I become about sharing this important slice of NZ music history."

 

The Producers already have strong support from the international film industry, including:

A great many people and organisations have put their financial backing to this film but if we can’t raise the final funds it becomes nothing. Your support will make all the difference. Please help us cross this final hurdle.
See you at a screening in 2019!
Much love,
Julia and the team.

 

Risks and challenges

There are always risks when it comes to securing the level of budget needed to make a world class film.

But, being experienced filmmakers with a track record of success, the chances of that happening, particularly with all of the support the film has gained thus far, is unlikely.

Ultimately, we are a tenacious bunch of people dedicated to making this film, and however it all plays out you have our commitment that we won’t let this special film fail.

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    Gratitude and Updates ($10USD)

    We'll be showing you the love with exclusive updates, and images throughout the making and release of the film.

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    Martin Phillipps and The Chills ($20USD)

    Your own cosy at home viewing, with popcorn flavoured to perfection just the way you want it.

    As soon as it's available online, you will already have a link secured.
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    Old Poster New Single ($30USD)

    Nostalgic street-cred for your living-room walls + The Chills latest single on all your digital devices.

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    Adorn your at home cinema with your street-cred art. Blast prescreening tunes as you pop your pop-corn. Then snuggle on down to your own private viewing link of the film.

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    Signed BBC Sessions Vinyl ($54USD)

    The Chills Legendary "Peel Sessions" remastered for your listening pleasure.

    These copies will feature Martin's signature, making them an extra special Christmas present.

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    Signed Kaleidoscope World LP ($75USD)

    A classic vinyl must-have for all devoted fans, delivered ready for your Christmas stocking.

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    Your Name in the Credits ($75USD)

    Feel the full power of our thanks when you see your name beaming back at you from the cinema screen. And receive a private viewing, so you can watch it again at home.

    You helped make this film happen :P

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    Facetime our Fabulous Director ($85USD)

    Ask our female director your burning filmmaking questions while she is on set.

    Not a filmmaker? Just geek out, say hello to Martin and see all the behind-the-scenes action.

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    Limited Ed. Silver Bullets LP ($100USD)

    Eye-catching Chills bling for your turntable. Fire records is exclusively creating for the Kickstarter campaign, a sliver version of the Silver Bullets LP. Only available for our dedicated backers. There will only be 50 created, and one of them can be yours.

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    Martin Phillipps Artwork Print ($150USD)

    Martin Phillipps is well known for his comic book pop art, now you can have a piece for your wall. Limited edition run of 100, your friends in the know will be jealous.

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    Martin Phillipps Mystery Box ($150USD)

    Martin’s personal collection of books, CD’s, DVD’s and toys, is cluttering up his house. You get to have a personalised selection of Martin’s treasures alongside some Chills memorabilia and help him clear some valuable shelf space!

    Martin has touched these too!

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    Missed out the first time? Martin is making 5 more!!

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    FIRST Run of New Album ($200USD)

    O.M.G *heavy breathing*
    Be the first to get your hands on a white label 12" of the yet to be released new album.

    While you're waiting we will send you a digital version of an old poster and the new single.

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    Hand Written Lyrics ($250USD)

    Martin will the hand write the lyrics to a Chills Song of your choice. Can I get a HELL YEAH!

    Frame them and display them in a place of honour in your house. This will be the perfect artwork for any adoring fan.

    Lyrics will be written on Lettersize/A4 cardstock.
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    MARTIN HAS AGREED TO DO FIVE MORE!

    Martin will the hand write the lyrics to a Chills Song of your choice. Can I get a HELL YEAH!

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    Limited Ed. Pictorial Book ($250USD)

    Make your coffee table a beautiful shrine to the film and the band. Filled with behind the scene photos, exclusive for the Kickstarter.

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    Martin's Mega Mystery Boxes ($250USD)

    Missed out on the previous rewards - worry not.

    Martin has agreed to make 2 extra special boxes for 2 lucky backers.

    Martin’s personal collection of books, CD’s, DVD’s and toys, is cluttering up his house. You get to have a personalised selection of Martin’s treasures alongside some Chills memorabilia and help him clear some valuable shelf space!

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    Endangered Vinyl ($300)

    Like the kiwi this vinyl is endangered. We are literally clearing Fire Record's shelves to bring you... the SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL 12" LP and the ROCKET SCIENCE 7" SINGLE.

    Perfect for the completist (like Martin). We'll chuck in a The Chills T-shirt, a totally cool tote bag, and handwritten note from the man himself to prove you're a No.1 Fan.

    Only 3 available, and can be delivered by Christmas. #HoHoHo #TreatYoSelf

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    The Ultimate Fan Pack ($710USD)

    Prove your stripes as the truest of true Chills fans by scoring yourself this wicked bundle - only available as a Kickstarter perk.

    In this reward you will get:
    - A Screening Link for the Film
    - The Old Poster and New Single
    - Your Name in the Credits
    - The BBC Sessions Vinyl, signed
    - A FaceTime from Set with our Director & Martin
    - A Limited Edition Print of Martin's Art
    - A Limited Edition Pictorial Book
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    Limited in number, unlimited in awesomeness.

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    Discover Martin's Dunedin

    Your chance to discover Dunedin and see where the magic happened with the man himself. Literally smell the nostalgia as you visit iconic Dunedin music haunts such as The Empire and The Chills first rehearsal space.

    An unforgettable experience. Travel to and from Dunedin not included. Tour date negotiable.

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    Martin's Original Art ($3500USD)

    Better than any old print, secure Martin's own elaborately decorated deck.

    One of kind - hand illustrated by the man himself. With a story behind every image, be the envy of all, with this on your wall!

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    Private Solo Gig with Martin

    Martin can play to 100 of your closest friends, or just you... no judgment

    A unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience for you, our ultimate supporter.

    Gig is limited to NZ only, sorry.

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