What is "Honest Lies"?
Gabriella Apicella runs a fortnightly creative writing group for women exiting prostitution. Struck by the poignancy of a story written by one of the group members, she has adapted it for the screen, and is filming it on 28th July.
Being co-founder of the UnderWire Film Festival, a screenwriter and an active feminist, Gabriella is concerned with the representations of female characters on our screens. This story authentically and touchingly portrays a prostitute who does not conform to the “happy hooker” stereotype or the eroticised glamour of “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”. Instead, it presents the person; the woman; so often forgotten, and so rarely heard.
The aim of this project is to make a high quality short film that will be entered into film festivals around the UK and Europe. It is hoped that public and festival screenings will provide an opportunity for the issues around prostitution laws to be discussed, and provoke a change in attitudes towards those affected.
Once the film is completed a public screening event will be held to draw attention to the subjects raised.
What do we need £2K for?
Whilst all the cast and crew are working for the bare minimum of expenses and/or a small “thank you” fee, there are unavoidable greater costs to be met in order to produce the film to a high standard.
The budget will be used to pay for the location (an independent business premises that will be closed for the day in order for filming to take place), and to meet post-production costs.
It is also hoped the generosity of the writer in allowing her short story to be adapted for screen can be acknowledged with appropriate financial compensation.
If fortunate enough to go over £2K, those cast and crew members who can be paid for their time will be, and a fund will be put aside for film festival submission fees,
Gabriella Apicella co-founder of the UnderWire Film Festival, board member of script development organisation Euroscript and freelance screenwriter is Producing, and has adapted the screenplay from the original short story.
Emma Croft is Directing, and will be acting in one of the lead roles. She has over 2 decades of film and TV experience, during which time she has worked with Colin Firth (Master of the Moor), Lynda La Plante (Trial and Retribution), John Hannah (Kleptophilia), James Fox (As You Like It), Suede (The Tour Films) as well as on many prime time TV shows.
Sarah Ward has acted alongside such greats as Anthony Perkins and Donald Pleasance, and is returning to the screen after a 20 year absence.
Peiman Zekavat is a documentary filmmaker whose film “The Third String” opened the Iranian Film Festival in 2011, and will serve as DOP.
Stephen Morrison is 1st AD having worked previously with Director Nicola Quilter of Rocket Room on short films “Sperm” and “Coma”.
Paul Brewster composer, musician, songwriter, and founder member of the infamous Bunk Junk & Genius recording studio in Fulham is providing an original soundtrack for the piece. He has worked with artists such as: The Orb, Hans Zimmer, Kylie Minogue, The Pet Shop Boys, William Orbit and Robert Fripp.
Gabrielle Hamilton an actress with 60 years film and television experience plays in a cameo role.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge once the film is complete will be to get it shown in as many festivals as possible. This will give the Producer the opportunity to arrange for press coverage that will highlight the plight of women in prostitution.
A risk that may occur is a delay in post-production which could mean missing submission dates to two key short film festivals that are taking place at the end of 2013 and early 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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