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Neo-noir thriller. A Journalist investigates his son's death in the Brighton underworld.
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High Water is a neo-noir thriller set and shot completely in the city of Brighton & Hove, UK.

12/09/18 UPDATE: We've now hit our Kickstarter target!! Thank you to all who have pledged. We really appreciate it. We are going to continue to fund raise here and our new stretch goal will be £4000.

Story

The plot centres on a journalist who investigates the drug-related death of his twenty-year-old son revealing a trail of murder and intrigue, that leads back to his family and those around them.

The film doesn't shy away from featuring issues such as homelessness and drug taking. The style is dark, a modern noir. Grief, loyalty, love and regret are the themes explored. The line between the light and dark is thin, and the main character moves between the world of the 'haves' and 'have nots' and back again.

Adrian Annis plays Vince Sand
Adrian Annis plays Vince Sand

This a full length (90 minute) feature film, and we are Black Rock Films, a group of filmmakers and an independent outfit. We're making our second feature having previously made the children's adventure movie Young Hunters: the Beast of Bevendean. That film is currently on Amazon Prime.

High Water Poster by Osomi
High Water Poster by Osomi

Making a film can seem like an end in itself, but really, it's only the beginning. We intend to get the film out there in front of a paying audience. To that end we already have a relationship with US Sales Agent Princ Films Inc, and UK sales outfit Evolutionary Films (who themselves have close links to Brighton).

Who are we?

Our team includes Annie Warburton (Producer), Ewan Gorman (Director), Jonathan Glendenning (Editor), Jay Proctor (Production Designer), Mark Bader (Cinematographer) and Kelly Michele (Costume Designer).

Our cast includes:

Jonathan Hansler, Adrian Annis, Emily Haigh, Ciara Pouncett, Nick Schofield, Marc Sinclair and Charlie Blackwood.

High Water will be a stylish and cinematic film. We want to make something about the dark side of Brighton and about the realities of life, that don't always fit into the picture postcard image.

High Water was written by Ewan Gorman and novelist Phil Williams, who are both from the area. So far we have cast the film and we are extremely pleased with the quality of actors who are involved.

Our Plan

The plan is shoot the movie in early 2019. The end result is to sell it in the international market.

Emily Haigh plays Jessie Rayne
Emily Haigh plays Jessie Rayne

An online streaming release for the film is a priority, and a DVD release is a must. We also aim for a limited theatrical (cinema) release via Picturehouse's "Our Screen" service. This is cinema on-demand, which means we will be able to arrange a screening at a cinema near you. You can also set up your own screenings!

The director is a big Alfred Hitchcock fan. His favourite Hitchcock thrillers are The 39 Steps, and The Lady Vanishes. His influences are (amongst others) Directors such as Michael Mann (Thief, Manhunter), John Huston (The Treasure of The Sierra Madre, The African Queen) and William Friedkin (The French Connection, To Live and Die in L.A.)

Our production schedule:

  • Pre-production: September-December 2018
  • Shooting: January - March 2019
  • Post Production: March - April 2019
Location: The Palace Pier
Location: The Palace Pier

The film is being made with the support and assistance of Film Brighton. This is a new community company helping to get feature films made in the city of Brighton & Hove.

This film has been written so it can be made on a micro-budget. As well as Kickstarter we are raising finance from other sources. We are all absolutely passionate about this film project. We all know it doesn't take pots of money to make a great movie. It's a real challenge to make a great movie on a small budget, and a very enjoyable one!

And, in the end it will all be worthwhile because it will be our film. Filmmaking is a team exercise and so if you pledge you become part of the team. It's a team thing!

High Water IMDB Page

Some of our rewards:

High Water Tee Shirt
High Water Tee Shirt
Scoundrel Bike Tour
Scoundrel Bike Tour
Attend the Gala Screening
Attend the Gala Screening

High Water director, Ewan Gorman, spoke to Latest TV about Film Brighton. He chated with Guy Lloyd about their plans to make five small budget feature films in the next 18 months:

Please remember, your credit or debit card is only charged if and when we hit the target. And then you are only charged what you have pledged. You will receive your rewards, and we get to make the film. Everybody’s laughing!

If we miss our goal your card will not be charged.

Please do visit the Black Rock Website for more details on the project.

We'll be posting regular updates to this project. If you have any questions please do contact me. Thanks for your support.

Risks and challenges

There are risks and challenges associated with making this film. Money is one thing, but a lot depends on the motivation and commitment of the team.

We respect each and every person that pledges in this Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to complete the film, first and foremost.

We will endeavour to communicate with all of our Kickstarter supporters concerning the project and the delivery of the rewards. If we don't deliver you will get a full refund.

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    Special Thanks on the website

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    Welcome to the club!

    You'll receive email updates on the production of the film. Plus, you'll receive a digital copy of the official High Water Theme by Ed Kurkjian.

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    Bumper Sticker

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    High Water the Finished Film

    Be the first to watch our finished film online! You'll receive an exclusive temporary streaming link to view the finished movie in the comforts of your own home.

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    Special Thanks Credit

    You'll get a "Special Thanks To" credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB. You deserve it.

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    Digital Download of the Film

    You'll receive a HD Download of the film. After all, you helped get it made! Your name will appear in the closing credits, "With Thanks To".

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    DVD Copy of the Film + Thanks

    DVD release of High Water. You'll also get a "With Thanks To" credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    T-Shirt

    Exclusive Tee with the High Water poster on the front. See the picture below. Let us know your size: XL, L, M, or S. Other colours are available apart from the white (pictured). Navy and Grey.

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    High Water Poster

    This is the original poster designed by Osomi, see the picture above. It is A3 size (297 x 420 mm). If you would like the item signed by the director and producer of the film then please let us know.

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    Attend the Gala Screening

    Walk the Red carpet at this exclusive event. This reward includes entrance for one person and will be held at a Cinema in Brighton, UK. An invitation is included to the drinks reception afterwards. Get your pic taken by our official photographer. (Travel to Brighton and accommodation not included).

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    Signed DVD of the Film

    High Water DVD release, with the disc signed by the Director and Producer of the Film. You'll also get a "Special Thanks To" credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    Signed Group Photo of the Cast

    An A4 (210 x 297 mm) size colour photo, signed by each of the cast. A very rare item! You'll also get a "Special Thanks To" credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    Be an Extra in the Film

    There are lots of options available: Be in the pub fight scene, or walking at night on Brighton seafront, or dinning in Brighton Knight's restaurant. Make it into the final cut of the movie, and get a credit on the closing credits and IMDB.

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    The Clapperboard From The Shoot

    This is the orginal clapperboard used on-set for High Water. This is a manual varierty (not digital) and will be in "used condition".

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    Scoundrel Bike Tour + Download

    A creative process roll around the thinking spots, locations and studios involved in High Water. This ride will be in Brighton, UK and the reward does include bike hire. The tour will last 2 hours and will take place on a weekend. (If you are travelling, please note it does not include travel and accommodation.)
    You'll also receive a "With Thanks" credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    Autographed Script Pages and Scenes

    This unique reward is a selection of pages from the original on-set script of lead actor. You'll also receive a "With Thanks" credit on both the end of the film and IMDB.

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    Dine with The Director

    Enjoy a three course meal with the film's director at a wonderful restaurant. There'll be an exclusive photo opportunity, and a digital download of the movie is included. You'll also receive a "Special Thanks To" credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    Hang out on Set for a Day

    This unique reward sees you visit the shoot and be around the filming of High Water. This includes lunch with the cast and crew and the many photo opportunities available. This takes place in Brighton, UK. (unfortunately travel and accommodation is not included)

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    Voice Cameo "Station Announcer"

    Voice Cameo Role in the film. Play the Station Announcer at Brighton Railway Station.

    In an important scene one main character tries to leave the city. As she walks through the station an announcement is made over the PA system.

    This reward is ideal for those who cannot travel to the UK for filming, as the role can be recorded remotely.

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    Voice Cameo "Race Commentator"

    Voice Cameo Role in the film. Play the Race Commentator at Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium.

    The lead charcter Vince, visits the stadium during a race meeting to talk to an allie.

    Vince's friend is betting on a dog race, and loses. This reward is ideal for those who cannot travel to the UK for filming, as the role can be recorded remotely.

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Claim your title as "Associate Producer" of this film. Big thank you for helping to get HIGH WATER made. This will go on future movie posters, the end credits of the film and The IMDB. This reward includes an invitation for two people to the Cast & Crew Gala Screening of the film.

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    Cameo Role in the Movie

    Play the barperson in the Bow Street Runner pub. Serve a drink to the lead character, and keep your head down as a fight breaks out in the bar. You'll also receive a credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    First Draft

    The first draft Film Script, with the writer's original scribblings, typos and crits included! You'll also receive a "With Thanks" credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    Cameo Role In The Film

    Play the Cafeteria Attendant in the All Night Cafe. Serve the lead character Vince his tea, and Jessie her breakfast.

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    Cameo Role In The Film "Squatter"

    Play a squatter lying against the wall in a derelict building. The lead character Vince Sand will step over you as he searches the premises.

    You'll also receive a credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    Cameo Role In The Film "Gang Member"

    Play a member of Tom Crombie's gang, and appear in a bar fight squence. This is a pivital scene in the film.

    You will also receive a credit on both the end of the movie and on IMDB.

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    Executive Producer Credit

    Receive the title of "Executive Producer" of the movie. This will be placed on the film's closing credits, as well as on IMDB. Two tickets to The Cast and Crew Gala Screening are also included.

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    The Gold Package

    This package is suitable for those interested in a number of rewards. It provides excellent value. 6 items are included including a credit as "Executive Producer".

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    • Associate Producer Credit
    • Attend Gala Screening (two tickets)
    • Be an Extra in the Film
    • High Water Poster
    • Digital Download of the Film
    • Hang out on Set for a Day
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    Final Draft

    The Director's final shooting script, used on-set. Will include scribblings, notes and amendments.

    You'll also receive a "With Thanks" credit on both the end of the film and on IMDB.

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    • The Directors Shooting Script
    • Attend Gala Screening (two tickets)
    • Receive a credit on the film's Closing Credits and on IMDB
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    The Platinum Package

    This package provides excellent value. 11 Items; including a credit as "Executive Producer" and a visit to the set for a day. We will send the items as soon as they are available, and anticipate finalisation in May 2019.

    Includes:
    • Attend Gala Screening (two tickets)
    • Autographed Script Pages and Scenes
    • Be an Extra in the Film
    • Digital Download of the Film
    • Hang out on Set for a Day
    • Signed Cast Photo
    • Receive a credit on the film's Closing Credits and on IMDB
    • Theme Tune by Ed Kurkjian
    • High Water T-Shirt
    • High Water Poster
    • "Executive Producer" Credit
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Funding period

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