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A fictionalised account of how the Hillsborough stadium disaster unfolded for one family back home in Liverpool

Liverpool, UK Shorts
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"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. 

Why Kickstarter?

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?

I am an independent filmmaker originally from Liverpool. SATURDAY was selected to participate in the prestigious Nisi Masa European Script Pitch 2013 where it was awarded one of the top 3 prizes

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 £1 TO RECEIVE REGULAR POSTS AND UPDATES...

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! 

Finally...

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saturdayshortfilm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saturdayshortfilm

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!

SPREAD THE WORD   |   SHARE THE LINK   |   LASH-IN A QUID 

Mike and the SATURDAY creative team xxx

JFT96

YNWA

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!

There is a detailed section of FAQ’s listed below, but if you want to ask us a question, email info@saturdayshortfilm.co.uk at any point and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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    25 backers

    THANK YOU – every penny really does help and you are now a vital part of our film’s community! You will receive regular Behind the Scenes Production Updates and we’ll post a “THANK YOU” on our official Facebook page.

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    90 backers

    You'll be THE FIRST to watch the film online once it's completed! (The film will be online for 48 hours before the password expires). You will receive regular Behind the Scenes Production Updates and we’ll also post a "THANK YOU" on Twitter and our official Facebook page.

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    44 backers

    THE BEHIND THE SCENES PACKAGE: A PDF download of the script, plus directors notes, and EXCLUSIVE digital production stills. PLUS everything in the FIRST to watch £5 package,and our eternal thanks!

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    76 backers

    THE DIGITAL PACKAGE: A DOWNLOAD of the film to keep, plus A PDF download of the script, directors notes, and EXCLUSIVE digital production stills AND a "THANK YOU" in the film's credits! And everything in the FIRST to watch £5 package.

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    27 backers Limited (33 left of 60)

    THE EXTRA PACKAGE: Be an extra in THE FILMS' MOST IMPORTANT SCENES. Join us in Liverpool and help create the films' dramatic climax (travel not included) as well as a "THANK YOU" in the film’s credits! You will also receive everything included in the DIGITAL PACKAGE.

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    SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING PACKAGE: An invite to a screening event in Liverpool (travel not included) where you will get a SNEAK PREVIEW of the film PLUS an intro + Q&A with the filmmakers. As well as everything included in the DIGITAL PACKAGE, you will also receive a signed DVD of the finished film with EXCLUSIVE on-set features.

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    19 backers Limited (181 left of 200)

    DVD PACKAGE: For the short film fans out there, you will get a signed DVD of the finished film with EXCLUSIVE on-set features AND a DVD of the director’s previous short films – which have screened at the prestigious LONDON FILM FESTIVAL and LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL amongst others. We will also send you emailed script notes on your short film script (the script should be no longer than 30 pages long), as well as everything included in the DIGITAL PACKAGE & FIRST TO WATCH PACKAGES including a “THANK YOU" credit on IMDb and in the film’s credits!!

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    23 backers Limited (17 left of 40)

    THE NAMED EXTRA PACKAGE: Choose your own character name and appear on IMDb as A NAMED EXTRA in the film, as well as your name in the film's credits! You'll join the CREW + CAST for half a day on the set in Liverpool to film your scenes as an extra, including dinner or lunch on set.PLUS everything in the DIGITAL PACKAGE and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE. *travel not included in any of the rewards

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    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    THE FILM FAN PACKAGE: You will get everything in THE NAMED EXTRA PACKAGE and THE DVD PACKAGE - so you will be IN the film AND see it being made, plus have your name in the film's credits AS WELL AS getting a copy of the film & Mike's short films on DVD to keep. PLUS you will have a one-to-one session about your own film project! PLUS everything in the DIGITAL PACKAGE and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE. *travel not included in any of the rewards

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    6 backers All gone!

    SPEND THE DAY ON SET: An EXCLUSIVE invitation (for two) to shadow the director / producer / DoP during filming AND have a one-to-one session about your own film project! You will also receive everything offered in the DIGITAL PACKAGE and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE, plus a “THANK YOU" credit on IMDb and in the film’s credits. *travel not included in any of the rewards

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    SPEND THE DAY IN POST-PRODUCTION: An EXCLUSIVE opportunity (for two) to either sit in during the FINAL GRADE or the completion of the SOUND MIX: when the finishing touches and final creative tweaks are put in place! You will also receive everything offered in the DIGITAL PACKAGE and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE, plus a “THANK YOU" credit on IMDb and in the film’s credits. * travel not included in any of the rewards

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    THE PROPS PACKAGE: Your chance to own an EXCLUSIVE PROP featured in the film! 1 of 2 Red Liverpool shirts as worn by LIAM, signed by the cast & crew. You will also receive everything offered in the DIGITAL PACKAGE, and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE (travel not included), plus a “THANK YOU" credit on IMDb and in the film’s credits.

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    1 backer All gone!

    THE PROPS PACKAGE: Your chance to own an EXCLUSIVE PROP featured in the film! 1 of 2 Red Liverpool shirts as worn by LIAM, signed by the cast & crew. You will also receive everything offered in the DIGITAL PACKAGE, and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE (travel not included), plus a “THANK YOU" credit on IMDb and in the film’s credits.

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    THE PROPS PACKAGE: Your chance to own an EXCLUSIVE PROP featured in the film! A Yellow Liverpool shirt as worn by LIAM's brother MARK, signed by the cast & crew. You will also receive everything offered in the DIGITAL PACKAGE, and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE (travel not included), plus a “THANK YOU" credit on IMDb and in the film’s credits.

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    3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)

    THE SPECIAL THANK YOU PACKAGE: Be there at every step of making our film!! This is a combination of the SPEND THE DAY ON SET, NAMED EXTRA (at this level, it is optional to be an Extra! – you can stay behind the camera if you prefer) and the SPEND THE DAY IN POST-PRODUCTION packages*! You will also receive everything offered in the DIGITAL PACKAGE, the DVD PACKAGE and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE, plus a “SPECIAL thank you" credit on IMDb and in the film’s credits. *travel not included in any of the rewards.
    If you increase this option to over £500, we will credit you as CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on IMDb and in the film's credits!!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE! Wow... THANK YOU! In return for your very generous support, I will name my first born after you (and YES, this applies to all 10 of you!!!!)!! You will also be given the official honour of EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! You will receive a credit on IMDb and in the film’s closing titles, AND an invite to the London Cast & Crew screening! We will submit THE FILM to your nearest film festival — whether in the UK or anywhere else in the world, and if we get in, the director will try and meet you there for the screening of the film!! Plus everything in the SPEND THE DAY ON SET PACKAGE, DIGITAL PACKAGE and the SNEAK PREVIEW PACKAGE. *travel not included in any of the rewards

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