STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!!!
£6,100 is our stretch goal. This will help us to pay for an original score, giving CATCH the unique soundscape it deserves.
CATCH - A short film about antibiotics resistance
"In the absence of urgent corrective and protective actions, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, kill unabated."
Dr Margaret Chan, World Health Organization Director-General
We wanted to make CATCH to change how people look at antibiotics resistance; not just as a crisis for 'big pharma' and governments, or a microscopic arms race. Instead, we want the audience to see the human effect of a very real global health problem, and take away a new, more personal perspective on the issue.
CATCH depicts a possible near future where all antibiotics have failed. The film follows a father, Tom, and his daughter, Amy, quarantined in their house during a lethal bacterial pandemic. Their fragile existence is threatened when one of them gets sick.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND CATCH
Antibiotics are the drugs we use to fight bacterial infections. Through misuse and overuse, they are losing their effectiveness at an alarming rate, making antibiotics resistance one of the most significant emerging public health threats today:
- A World Health Organization report released in April 2014 stated "this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
- An estimated 50,000 people die in Europe and the United States each year from infections resistant to antibiotic drugs.
- Without antibiotics, things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could be fatal. And medical procedures such as chemotherapy and organ transplants become near impossible.
- As the drugs fail, the world becomes a more dangerous place, and we all become more vulnerable.
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By contributing to this project, you are enabling us to finish CATCH, and get it out for the world to see.
We shot the film earlier this year with the help of a talented and dedicated crew, self-funding and support from a small group of generous backers.
We plan to submit CATCH to world-class film festivals, before hosting the film for the benefit of the general public on an interactive website.
In order to do all this, we need to pay for a professional suite of post-production finishing, including things like colour grading, sound design and mastering. All the stuff to make the film ready for the big screen. And that's where you come in.
As a Kickstarter backer of this project, we'll keep you updated on CATCH's progress through final post-production, dates and locations of festival screenings and news of other events.
By backing us today, you'll be joining a community of people who want to support brilliant acting and beautiful filmmaking about an urgent scientific issue that matters to us all.
The film's two stars are Lollie McKenzie and Henry Douthwaite.
At just 11-years-old, Lollie is a remarkable emerging talent. She played Matilda in the enormously well-received West End musical of the same name from September 2013 to September 2014. CATCH is Lollie's film debut.
Henry trained at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and has performed with the National Theatre and on the West End stage. On screen, he has appeared in programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 5. Henry stars in the feature film Off-Piste due for release in 2015.
THE TEAM BEHIND THE FILM
Paul Cooke is a factual TV producer, writer and filmmaker. He studied undergraduate physics at the University of Manchester before receiving his Master's in Science Media Production from Imperial College London (where he met Dom). For the last five years he has been making science TV, working on shows such as Discovery’s Outrageous Acts of Science and BBC Horizon. Paul co-wrote and co-directed CATCH.
Dominic Rees-Robers is also a factual TV producer and director. After completing a doctorate in Molecular Parasitology at Imperial College, he continued his study at Imperial with an MSc in Science Media Production (where he met Paul). Dom has worked with some of the UK's leading production companies on TV programmes that have told the inspiring life story of Professor Stephen Hawking, shown how Earth works from space and revealed the science behind some of YouTube's craziest stunts. Dom co-wrote and co-directed CATCH.
Alexa Waugh is Line Producer on CATCH. She is a production manager at a leading independent production company in the UK, and has experience both in front of and behind the camera.
Stephen Overs is the Producer of CATCH. Steve is a producer at one of the most prestigious and successful production companies in the UK, working on a variety of commercials, music videos and short films.
Piers Leigh is CATCH's Director of Photography. His talent with the camera has seen him travel the world capturing extraordinary footage for primetime TV, commercials and film. He has worked as cinematographer and director of photography on productions for BBC Horizon, Discovery Channel and PBS Nova amongst many others.
THE ADVISORY TEAM
CATCH is being overseen by creative Executive Producer Richard Burke-Ward, recipient of more than 20 awards including an Emmy and multiple Royal Television Society awards.
To make sure CATCH was firmly rooted in the real science, we turned to some of the leading voices in the field to act as expert advisors:
- Professor Laura Piddock, Deputy Director, Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham & Director of Antibiotic Action
- Dr Ruth McNerney, University of Cape Town & formerly of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Professor Tim McHugh, Director, Centre for Clinical Microbiology at the University College London
- Dr Nick Brown, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge & member of the Royal College of Pathologists
Thanks also to the Royal College of Pathologists who have already lent their support to the public engagement project surrounding the film.
Risks and challenges
Making an independent film is tough. But with the generosity of so many brilliant people - including supporters like you - we are sure we can finish CATCH to the standard it deserves.
We have negotiated competitive deals with top post-production houses to ensure we get the best value for money. Our rushes are quadruply backed up and aside from a major post-house going bust, we should be good.
The experienced team behind CATCH take their commitments seriously, and we won't let any risks overcome the prospect of completing the film.
We're all about transparency and accountability, so if you would like to discuss any concerns you might have about the project, please let us know.
Thank you for taking the time to read about CATCH and (hopefully) for your support.
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