"I often think that, apart from the dead, those who suffered the most at Hillsborough were many miles away at homes scattered throughout Merseyside... their Saturday afternoons ripped apart by events at a football ground that they could do nothing about. All they could do was wait for news." Anthony Teasdale, Hillsborough survivor
On April 15th 1989, over 24,000 Liverpool Football supporters travelled to Sheffield for a football match. 96 men, women, and children never came home.
SATURDAY is a short film about how the Hillsborough stadium disaster unfolded for one family back home in Liverpool, as seen through the eyes of LIAM (8), whose older brother MARK is at the match.
What is SATURDAY?
SATURDAY is loosely based on my own memory of the day. By setting this short away from the scene of the disaster and focusing on the immediate impact on families back home in Liverpool, I hope to approach this story from a fresh perspective.
Although the loss of life at Hillsborough has been well documented, people often overlook the fact that 24,000 Liverpool fans were in the stadium, and their families watched helplessly as the horror unfolded back home. I want the audience to understand that during these moments the disaster affected the whole of Merseyside.
What is Hillsborough?
On Saturday April 15th 1989 a fatal crush occurred on the terraces of the Hillsborough football stadium. It was the worst disaster in British sporting history where 96 men, women and children died and hundreds more were injured.
This avoidable tragedy became known as Hillsborough. The impact on the survivors and the bereaved families was compounded by a smear campaign immediately instigated by the police to blame the fans for the disaster. The tabloid press promoted these lies, to deflect from the Police's fatal mismanagement. The campaign for justice has been fighting for 24 years to reveal the truth.
A successful short film can win awards, screen at film festivals or be shared online, but most never really find an audience. We are making this film to reach BEYOND the filmmaking community and take this story to as many people as possible! We want to make a film for those who have supported the fight for justice since the beginning and also draw a new audience to the facts of the Hillsborough disaster.
Kickstarter is a unique opportunity to bring this project to life through a community of passionate supporters who understand the importance of this story and want to help to bring it to a wider audience.
Why this story, why now?
2012 was a monumental year in the fight for justice. The Hillsborough Independent Panel (HIP) report was published in September, absolving supporters of any blame and exposing the scale of the shameful cover-up by authorities. The truth that the families, survivors, and people of Liverpool have known all along is now in the public domain. A new inquest into the disaster has been ordered and now the fight is focused on those responsible for public safety on the day being held fully accountable.
The overriding purpose of this film is to continue to spread the truth and to add to the support behind the justice campaign. As the 25th anniversary of the disaster approaches next year, we want to commemorate those who lost their lives and remember all those still affected.
The film will be dedicated to the dignity, courage and bravery of those families and survivors who simply refused to give up the fight for justice.
Who are we?
JESSICA LEVICK - PRODUCER Jessica Levick graduated from the National Film and TV School Producing MA in 2008. Her first feature, the feature documentary PERSONAL BEST, was released in cinemas in 2012.
Why do we need £24,000?
Every penny raised (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly into the budget for SATURDAY and we have big ambitions for the film.
Your CONTRIBUTIONS will help us to do the following:
- Shoot on location in Liverpool for 3 days
- Travel, feed and accommodate Cast & Crew
- Use archive TV footage: absolutely essential for the film's ending
- Vintage props & production design: to recreate the period detail - including hiring police uniforms
- Pay Cast & Crew at least Minimum wage
- Hire Camera, Lighting and Sound gear for 3 days
What you get for your support?
We know that in today’s economic climate EVERYONE is skint! Which means funding short films – especially something as ambitious as SATURDAY – is getting harder and harder.
But to try and sweeten the deal, we have put together some pretty decent rewards. With pledges starting at just £1, every contribution will take us one step closer to making the film a reality!
PLEDGE £5 AND BE THE FIRST TO WATCH THE FILM ONLINE
PLEDGE £25 TO ATTEND THE PREMIERE CINEMA SCREENING
PLEDGE £40 TO BE A NAMED EXTRA WITH AN IMDb CREDIT
PLEDGE £100 TO SPEND THE DAY ON SET
PLEDGE £150 TO SPEND THE DAY IN POST-PRODUCTION
PLEDGE £200 TO OWN ONE OF THE VINTAGE LFC SHIRTS USED AS PROPS IN THE FILM (SIGNED BY CAST & CREW)
PLEDGE £2000 TO BE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
These are only SOME of our rewards. Please check out the bar on the right hand side of the page!
It’s not just about the funding, you can be a massive help by just spreading the word and encouraging others to support SATURDAY.
Join our Facebook page, follow our updates, or get involved and talk to the production team on Twitter by using #saturdayShort
And you can start today by just sharing our Kickstarter page!
We really appreciate all your support, however big or small, to help us reach our funding target – THANK YOU!
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Mike and the SATURDAY creative team xxx
Risks and challenges
With the vast experience of our team we are confident we will create a short film that will screen at international film festivals and attract a wide digital audience. However, as with anything in life, there are risks and making films is no different…
Our biggest challenge will be getting the film into production and completing the process by the start of 2014. Although we feel it is a realistic date, quite often schedules change due to weather, crew/cast not being available for certain dates. We are confident we will achieve this goal, but the original start date might slip a little.
When the campaign is over, we will keep you in the loop every step of the way, from pre-production right through until our first screening. We will deliver every reward promised as quickly as we can, but your patience will be very much appreciated!
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