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New British Crime Comedy Film Hackney's Finest. Released April 2015
New British Crime Comedy Film Hackney's Finest. Released April 2015
80 backers pledged £7,500 to help bring this project to life.

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What's Hackney's Finest about?

Hackney's Finest is a lighthearted journey into the dark underbelly of London. A fast-paced crime thriller, packed with intrigue, corruption, dirty police, Afghan heroin smugglers, Welsh-Jamaican arms dealers and Eastern-European skinheads! It all takes place over 24 hours when Hackney courier controller Sirus (Nathanael Wiseman) finds himself way out of his depth...

The Teaser Trailer - 

Our inspirations

Our inspirations for Hackney's Finest include the mighty Quentin Tarantino and Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) as well as awesome films such as Trainspotting, Requiem For a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Lock Stock, Sexy Beast, Human Traffic, Layer Cake and Snatch! We want to show you characters you have never seen before in a wickedly humorous crime caper with hard hitting action. And a glimpse of the reality of the drugs world from south Wales to east London.

Enoch Frost in Hackney's Finest - one half of the Welsh Jamaican protectorate!
Enoch Frost in Hackney's Finest - one half of the Welsh Jamaican protectorate!

What's the funding for?

Filmmaking is an expensive business. We have already shot the film but we just need a little more to finish post-production and bring the film to completion. It needs to look and sound as cool as possible. An injection of funds at this crucial point will enable us to deliver polished post production that really packs the punch. This movie was made to be seen. We need your help to make that happen.

Neerja Naik stars as Pari, an Afghan smuggler in Hackney's Finest
Neerja Naik stars as Pari, an Afghan smuggler in Hackney's Finest

Hackney's Finest is the first full-length film from director Chris Bouchard (The Hunt For Gollum), actor/producer Arin Alldridge (The Hunt for GollumThe Bill) and exciting debut writer Thorin Seex. An incredibly talented team of filmmakers have poured their creative passions into the film, over the past two years. 

Nathanael Wiseman stars as Sirus, the leading man in Hackney's Finest, who ends up way out of his depth!
Nathanael Wiseman stars as Sirus, the leading man in Hackney's Finest, who ends up way out of his depth!

Writer Thorin Seex - Thorin lived in Hackney for many years and has admitted this story is 'an exaggerated version of his miss-spent youth'.

Arin Alldridge as 'Priestly' - the dirtiest policeman of 'em all!
Arin Alldridge as 'Priestly' - the dirtiest policeman of 'em all!

"You'll be being watched, even when you think you're not!" - Priestly

For our motorbike stunts, we went to the best - Marc 'Sparky' Chennell. 

Known as the 'Drift King', Sparky was recently named "Best Motorcycle Drifter in the World!"
Known as the 'Drift King', Sparky was recently named "Best Motorcycle Drifter in the World!"

The unique tone of the film hails from its tongue-in-cheek humour, together with a cocktail of colourful characters and fast-talking dialogue.

Marlon G Day plays 'B' in Hackney's Finest, a Welsh-Jamaican gangster and drug dealer
Marlon G Day plays 'B' in Hackney's Finest, a Welsh-Jamaican gangster and drug dealer


Our aim is to make a British gangster film that's low on Cockneys, and high on the real mix of characters you might run into in the East London borough of Hackney.

"Time to get past the illusion of choice!" - Priestly

Full Extended Trailer

Check out the 3 minute full-throttle romp through the world of HACKNEY'S FINEST in our extended Trailer 1!

The trailer features music from some amazing DJs and bands including Si Begg, Gabrielles Wish, Where's Strutter and Tyler Mae.

Synopsis

A ruthless police detective plans to steal a shipment of heroin from a motley crew of small time dealers. And what begins as an ordinary day for most of them, quickly spirals out of control as the deadly trap is set...

Cast

Our outstanding cast includes: Enoch Frost (Skyfall, Outpost, Shifty), Arin Alldridge (The Bill, The Hunt for Gollum), Neerja Naik (Life Goes On, Sold), Malcolm Tomlinson (Emmerdale), Sean Cronin (The World is Not Enough), Nathanael Wiseman, Marlon G Day, Rajan Sharma, Katarina Gellin (EastEnders, The Inbetweeners Movie), Chris Dingli, Jeanette Rourke, and a cameo from from the hilarious Kulvinder Ghir (Goodness Gracious Me).

Funding Goals

After 60 long days and nights of shoot, the finish-line is almost in sight, and we simply need a boost to bring the finished film over the final hurdles.

The up front costs involved in finishing a feature film and getting it ready for distribution (mastering, duplication, distribution, admin, legal & accounting, insurance, etc) are quite surprising. All funds pledged will go into the film and help bring the project to completion.

Follow us on twitter: @HackneyMovie

If you'd like to find out more, feel free to contact the producers directly via our website:  www.hackneymovie.com

Risks and challenges

We face the usual risks of any film in the middle of production, but rest assured we are working hard to keep risks to an absolute minimum. The good news is that the film is 'in the can' and now we just need to complete the final phase!

The challenges we face will be co-ordinating the post-production team, and completing the rest of the post-production work on time. If we hit our funding goal, we are confident that we will be able to finish Hackney's Finest before the year is out, and get it entered into key festivals and film markets.

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    For the collectors amongst you. Donate £75 or more, and receive a free signed 'limited edition' Hackney's Finest poster [signed by actor/producer Arin Alldridge and director/producer Chris Bouchard]

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    Private premiere screening. Donate £250 or more, and receive a free invitation to the exclusive Cast & Crew premiere screening of the finished film. PLUS an invite to the Cast & Crew after-party! Venue: a central London cinema. A minimum of 4 weeks notice will be given.

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    Film Angel – Join the team! As a 'thank you' for your donation, we will treat you to lunch or dinner with director/producer Chris Bouchard & actor/producer Arin Alldridge, in Central London (travel not included). Ask us anything you want to know about how we made the film, and get invites to future cast & crew 'Hackney's Finest' events, including Q&As, screenings and drinks. You will be kept fully up-to-date of our progress, from now until release. Film merchandise (when it's ready!) – posters, cards, DVDs, etc – you get the lot!

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    Post Associate Producer – You are a key contributor. For your donation, in recognition of the simple fact that money makes films, you will be credited as 'Post Associate Producer' in the film credits, on posters, IMDB, website, DVDs, etc. As an important member of our production team, you will of course also be invited to all cast & crew 'Hackney's Finest' events, including Q&As, screenings, and drinks. We'll stay in regular contact, to keep you fully up-to-date of our progress, from now until release, and beyond. Film merchandise (when it's ready!) – posters, cards, DVDs, etc – of course, you get the lot! As an extra 'thank you' for your generous gift, we'll also take you to lunch or dinner in Central London (travel not included).

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    Associate Producer – As a major contributor to the project, you will be credited as 'Associate Producer', on posters, IMDB, website, DVD, etc. As an important member of our production team, you will of course also be invited to all cast & crew 'Hackney's Finest' events, including Q&As, screenings, and drinks. We'll stay in regular contact, to keep you fully up-to-date of our progress, from now until release, and beyond. You will also be invited to future meetings with producers Chris Bouchard & Arin Alldridge, to discuss and plan and help shape future projects. Film merchandise (when it's ready!) – posters, cards, DVDs, etc – of course, you get the lot! As an extra 'thank you' for your generous gift, we'll also take you to lunch or dinner in Central London (travel not included).

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    Sneak Preview Screening! - Saturday 3rd August 5pm-7pm - London. Donate £20 or more, and receive a free invitation to an intimate screening and Q&A event with the director, producer & actors.
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Funding period

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