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A short film: Shakespeare’s most formidable couple, driven by grief and ambition become fixated on the future.
A short film: Shakespeare’s most formidable couple, driven by grief and ambition become fixated on the future.
A short film: Shakespeare’s most formidable couple, driven by grief and ambition become fixated on the future.
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Due to the great response we've had on the first day of our campaign we are stretching our goal to £2500, which will allow us to enter the next level of film festivals - thank you so much for your contributions so far!!

THE FILM

'Damned spot’ has been in the making for 18 months, it is a British short film that we are very proud of, however we now need your help.

So, what’s the film about? Ultimately it is a film about a husband and wife dealing with the effects of grief. 

Officially the synopsis is: 

After being left powerless by a devastating event the Macbeths are desperate to feel in control again. Shakespeare’s most formidable couple struggle with the psychological battle of heartbreak and grief. It changes how they relate to one another, how they approach situations and how they see the world around them. 

Then an opportunity so full of potential to change their bleak circumstance, drops into their laps but it comes at a grave price. Driven by this mind-altering grief, love and instinctive ambition they contemplate doing something so damning that it will alter the political landscape forever. 

Using the original text this modern adaptation focuses on the often-overlooked influence behind the ambitions and subsequent actions of the Macbeths - the psychological impact of repetitive grief.

Not convinced by the traditional take on the ‘evil’ character of Lady Macbeth and her ‘easily manipulated’ husband and fascinated by their relationship dynamic, Lauren adapted two scenes of Macbeth. With a modern take on their equality of power and decision-making, ‘Damned spot’ casts a different light onto the common expectations of the play whilst maintaining all textual elements. 

“I wondered if anyone would be interested in working on a Shakespearean short film, I thought people might think it was too ambitious and inaccessible. 

I was wrong, I was amazed by how many people were taken by the idea of humanising these characters and the challenge of portraying that on film. Without the support and time of all of our crew and the companies who loaned set and costumes this film would just be a shell. 

However now comes a new challenge; to get it into film festivals. I want the beautiful work produced by our team to be seen by as many people as possible, you never know who may be in the audience looking for a DOP, composer, make-up artist etc. and that is where you come in. 

With each film festival we need to pay a submission fee, these submission costs soon mount up! The money you pledge today will go towards getting ‘Damned spot’ into film festivals and hopefully opening up opportunities for our crew.

If you can, please pledge, even a £1 can make a huge difference, and if you cannot afford to back the project then a tweet or a share of the link to this page is just as helpful! Thank you so much for your time!”  Lauren Midwinter – Director & Producer 

THE TEAM

‘Damned spot’ was adapted for film 18 months ago but 6 years previous to that it was originally developed & performed for theatre with Kimberley playing in the original stage version. For the film adaptation we collaborated with Rachel Carter of Paperbird Productions. Royal Shakespeare Company actor Peter Hinton joined the film adaptation playing opposite Kimberley who reprises her role. In a nod to its theatrical roots, we shot in Stratford-upon-Avon with a wonderful crew, including Ben Cook & Johnny Rhodes as Co-Directors of Photography. Post-production has been completed by a team of detailed creatives who have delivered incredible work, crafting and polishing the footage captured by the team. 

SET, COSTUMES & PROPS

We have also been very lucky, with donations in kind: 

For further information about the film, cast and crew head here: http://bit.ly/damnedspotK

The film has been shot, edited and prepped but what we need your help with is to get the film seen. Your money will fund film festival submissions and marketing so that as many people as possible can see all the hard graft that our team has put into it.  

To back this project please click the green button on the left hand side.  Thank you for your pledge.

Risks and challenges

With independent film you have to constantly think of imaginative ways to achieve what you want, without the big budgets. We have begged, borrowed and stolen (and then returned, obviously) but there are certain things that we cannot be creative about (film festival’s aren't keen on Monopoly money for submissions). We want people to see this film, which means we need to submit it to film festivals. With each film festival you need to pay a submission fee and this soon mounts up!

To back this project please click the green button on the left hand side. Thank you for your pledge!

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