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Dark Is Her Shadow is based on a true story, reflecting on the trauma of rape.
Written and Directed by Molly Manning Walker.
Dark Is Her Shadow is based on a true story, reflecting on the trauma of rape. Written and Directed by Molly Manning Walker.
156 backers pledged £8,905 to help bring this project to life.

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Dark Is Her Shadow - follows Amy (16) an energetic and sarcastic tomboy.  Amy is passed from authority member to authority member as she tries to navigate the day after she has been raped. She can't seem to find support from anyone. Meanwhile the rapist turns up as a ghost preventing her from moving on.

The film is based on a true story and it looks to question why we ask "What where you wearing" and why we don't ask "Are you alright?"

The film is to be shot in London, December 2018. The film will be in post production during the winter with it going out to festivals in the new year. 

Some of our rewards include a custom designed t-shirt for the film, a clapperboard used on set and associate producer credits. 

T-shirt designed especially for the film by Adam Warren. The number reflects the statistics of rapes per annum in the UK.
T-shirt designed especially for the film by Adam Warren. The number reflects the statistics of rapes per annum in the UK.

Story

Amy visits the doctors looking for the morning after pill. She is shocked when he refuses to prescribe anything unless she tells the police.

INT. DOCTOR'S SURGERY- DAY // “How many sexual partners have you had?” - Doctor

Blue Is The Warmest Colour, 2013
Blue Is The Warmest Colour, 2013

The police who have no hope in prosecution, quickly persuade her that it's not worthwhile. Amy's not sure why she was pressured into the police station in the first place.

INT. POLICE STATION - DAY // “We should start the process soon if you're thinking of prosecuting.The chance of conviction is extremely slim. ” - Police Officer

Lady Bird, 2017
Lady Bird, 2017

Back at school Amy's headteacher tries to support her but ends up saying all the wrong things. 

 INT. HEADTEACHER'S OFFICE - EVENING // "I must say, if this was to happen to anyone you're the best person for it!" - Headteacher

Three Girls, 2017
Three Girls, 2017

Amy resists trauma, her coping method is to shut everyone out. Meanwhile  the rapist turns up as a ghost in her life. In Amy’s eyes he is everywhere, constantly lurching over, like a ghost clinging onto her which she can’t shrug off. His presence wears down her entire existence.

The audience are forced to experience her visceral relationship with trauma.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour, 2013
Blue Is The Warmest Colour, 2013

Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales every year. 5 out of 6 do not report it to the police.

When I was 16 I was raped and ever since I have felt that topic is generally swept under the rug and not spoken about. So now its a pretty large rug with approximately 97,000 people under it (every year). Considering that the numbers are so large I want to pose the question how are we as a society dealing with it. The film hopes to break the stigma around communication and discussion of rape.

Casting

Its extremely important that Amy is authentic. A streetwise 16 year old who can give us both emotion and humour through the ridiculousness of the situation. I am extremely excited to be working with Casting Director Sue Odell. Our plan is to begin the process early in looking for Amy. One option that we are pursuing is street casting. 

Fish Tank, 2009
Fish Tank, 2009

Style

The film has a cyclical structure, giving the disorientating feeling that the day is on repeat. The cinematography will be cinematic, controlled, factual, honest, energetic and immersive. The film will take inspiration from films which capture beauty in their honesty even through tough times. 

Referencing filmmakers such as Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay

Costs

Dark is Her Shadow is being made with the support of the National Film and Television School (NFTS), one of the world’s leading film schools. The NFTS and Kickstarter have launched NFTS Platform! A new initiative to support the next generation of NFTS filmmakers to make ambitious short film projects outside of the curriculum. Dark Is Her Shadow has been selected as one of the first projects. The NFTS will offer support in terms of equipment, facilities, development and its talented students. But we still need funds to bring this film to life ... 

Cast & Locations // This will take a large chunk of the budget and its something that I really don't and won't skimp on. This film relies heavily on Amy's performance.

Specialist Camera Kit // We will shoot with the highest production standards.

Design // The film has some heavily specialised scenes, a police station, a doctors. Both these costumes and props will take up a significant amount of the budget.

Your support will not only allow us to make the best possible film but it will allow us to show the film internationally. Opening the conversation up further! 

Crew

Molly Manning Walker Writer/Director

Molly Manning Walker graduated from The Arts University Bournemouth with a degree in Cinematography. She was awarded the Ozzie Morris Prize in cinematography for her grad film ”More Hate Than Fear” (which she shot and wrote). More Hate Than Fear is a fictional film about a graffiti writers first 3 months in prison. It also went on to be in competition at Camerimage, London Short Film Festival, the Royal Television Awards and Poznan Short Waves.The film was based on a documentary Molly directed about graffiti writers in London. 

 In 2017 she started studying Cinematography at NFTS shortly after she was signed as a cinematographer to Wizzo and Co.

Molly directs documentaries in her free time. Her latest documentary Not With Paint But With Fire, follows the corruption of the national police in Colombia when a graffiti writer was shot by the police.

She would like to continue to make films with a social political statement. 

Website // Insta // Twitter

Stella Heith Keir Editor

Stella is an experimental, feminist film editor. After graduating with a First-class BA in Photography from the Edinburgh College of Art she lived and worked in Berlin for 2 years collaborating with artists, musicians and filmmakers. She is currently in the second year of her MA in Editing at the National Film & Television School where she is a David Lean Foundation, John Brabourne Award and Creative Scotland scholar. She has cut both fiction and documentary shorts, premiering online at Dazed & Confused and ARTE Creative and at festivals such as the BFI London Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Editing Dark is her Shadow will not only be a powerfully important project, but moment in her life, both as a woman and a creative.

Jo Paterson Composer

Jo Paterson is a professional London based composer and musician. Specialising in scoring for Film, Documentary, TV, Dance and Games. She studied composition at Edinburgh Napier University where she found her love of composing for all visual medium. She went on to further her knowledge in composing for film and studied a Masters at the prestigious National Film & Television School in London. Jo has continued to work on a variety of projects ranging from Short Films to a Feature, Animation, Documentary, Dance, Commercials, Video Games, TV and her newest venture was a Virtual Reality piece. The VR Documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival in partnership with Oculus and Facebook and was shown at SXSW, Tribeca, Locarno Film Festival and Copenhagen Docs.

Ines Adriana Sound Designer

Ines Adriana studied Cinema at the Lisbon Film School and FAMU - Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She soon specialised in sound. After graduating in 2014, she has worked as a sound editor and recordist in various documentary and fiction projects, these films have been screened at festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival. Ines is currently studying sound Design at The National Film and TV School, under the support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Carys Ellis Sound Recordist

Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne Carys studied filmmaking at The Northern Film School specialising in sound before going on to study location sound at The National Film and Television School. During her time there she's worked on a diverse range of projects including a month long documentary in Boston on the opioid epidemic and multiple graduation fiction films one of which starring Lindsay Duncan.

Sue Odell Casting Director

Sue has been a casting director for over 35 years. Two short films that Sue cast have been nominated for BAFTAS. She has won two Casting Directors’ Association Awards and many for her advertising campaigns.

Sue strives in finding ‘real’ people, casting that shows diversity, gritty realism and ideally not always London-centric. Sue's passion is discovering new, raw, fresh talent.

Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to read about our project. I hope you can see why we feel it's important to tell this story. If you do please support us by backing this project as we really can't make this film without you. 

It's not going to be an easy film to make: 

Risks and challenges

The topic and experiences of rape are extremely sensitive subjects which are often misdealt with. The stories we are capturing come from true experiences, and when depicted will have to be extremely carefully choreographed with our cast. This isn’t a matter we take lightly and plan to present imagery to the audience that glorifies nothing, ever indulges in shock tactics, but instead presents something honest, real and powerful in a way we haven’t seen before.

Thanks again we really can't wait to show you the film.

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