About this project
We need your help to support the independent release of our completed feature film in cinemas across the country.
Shot in Bristol, one of the most creative cities in the country, 8 Minutes Idle is a darkly romantic comedy about the perils and traumas of your first job - when enforced promotion, murderous parents, and homelessness get in the way of true love.
It’s the story of twenty-something Dan Thomas, who finds himself kicked out of the family home and faced with no option but to secretly move into the office where he works. It’s a funny, irreverent and moving UK film that combines a US indie vibe with a very British sense of humour. The kind of comedy you maybe haven’t seen on the big screen for a while. Our film was initially snapped up by Revolver—one of the UK’s most dynamic distributors (The Imposter, Ill Manors, Anuvahood). But just weeks before they were due to release 8 Minutes Idle in cinemas, they went BUST. It’s taken months to get the film back and now we—the director, the producer, the writer, the writer’s wife and the guys who got laid off at Revolver—want to get the film to as wide an audience as possible. There’s a perfect slot in 2014—opening on Valentine’s Day across the UK.
We’ve raised half the money and now we need your support to give this film a proper theatrical release. Releasing films in the UK is an expensive business and your money will go towards film censor fees, posters, making the trailers, booking cinemas, print shipping, press screenings and marketing, getting the word out there... We love this film. We think it’s unique. And now we need you to help us get it out there.
ABOUT THE FILM
Based on Matt Thorne’s award-winning novel, 8 Minutes Idle features a cast of British comedy talent including Tom Hughes (Cemetary Junction, About Time), Ophelia Lovibond (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Guardians of the Galaxy), Montserrat Lombard (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Ashes to Ashes), Antonia Thomas (Sunshine on Leith, Misfits), Paul Kaye (Match Point, Game of Thrones), Luke Newberry (Anna Karenina, Sherlock) and Jack Ashton (Broadchurch, Call the Midwife).
8 Minutes Idle is about a group of people in their early twenties just trying to get by. While Dan has his problems, so do his colleagues —Teri is trying to find an oasis of calm in a house full of lunatics; Alice is determined to seduce Dan no matter how much he resists; Adrienne only cares about her DJ nights and spends her days animating rude films about her colleagues; Ian starts each morning with Cider-covered cornflakes and it’s hard for Dev to find love when he has to get home every day in time to make dinner for his Nan.
It’s the directorial debut of BBC New Filmmaker finalist Mark Simon Hewis. Produced by Sarah Cox, a director/producer and owner of the BAFTA award winning film and animation company ArthurCox, the film was co-written by novelist Nicholas Blincoe and Matt Thorne, who as well as writing novels recently published a biography of the pop star Prince. It has a soundtrack by Bristol-based Mike Smith (Gorillaz) and the sound was mixed at Bath’s Real World Studios. And the animated sequences are by the wickedly talented Felix Massie.
This film was made as part of the iFeatures scheme, supported by BBC Films, which funded three films from 550 submissions. It was designed to support new and emerging film talents making films that captured a specific sense of time and place—in our case, present day Bristol.
Risks and challenges
Distribution of a low budget independent feature is always a challenge as the marketing of any film costs so much. If people don’t know about a film they won’t go to see it. If we succeed in our target this money will be used to create the trailer, the poster, press screenings, marketing and all the other stuff that the film industry requires. Almost the entire cast and crew will also use their individual social networks and contacts to boost the official marketing strategy and we feel that genuine word of mouth recommendations will come naturally as the people that have seen the film genuinely love and support it.
Even with full funding plus the match funding from Creative England, the distribution of this film will require the voluntary support, time and effort from our lovely team. After 3 years of hard work we are not going to stop now.
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