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And the day Started off so well...

Ex squaddie turned Private investigator John Rush just wants to help people, but his latest case could be too much for even this battle hardened combat veteran.

It all seemed so simple.

After tracking down “A runaway” for local business man and if rumour is true criminal, Tony London, (This involved a dramatic chase through Liverpool city centre) Rush is giving his next case, by a young woman called phillipa (Pip) she tells John her daughter Olivia is dying and he needs to find the biologic father within the next two weeks, or it will be too late to save the little girl. Whilst looking for the girl’s father Rush stumbles upon a drug company that appears to be targeting Liverpool's LBGT community with a drug that makes people blackout.

Both cases collide and a Mr Smith seems to be central to the cases, but who is he? And just what is Tony London’s involvement. To complicate matters a woman named Alison offers to help Rush, but who is she really? And can she be trusted.

After a vicious gun battle along the river Mersey people are left dead, others injured, opposing sides take time to recover their losses, ready for the final violent ending.

Blackout follows in the rich tradition of British thrillers, with the film starting off in one direction before diverting and changing course several times before climaxing in a cliff hanger of an ending. It has strange characters with dark secrets and a world filled with tension and excitement, also kind and clean souls, who could offer jaded John Rush a way out and a new life.

The film is currently been shot in the Merseyside area of England, and uses the local accents of the actors, and South Africa. Blackout shows the region for what it is, stunning, busy, and in some places a brutal under belly.

The cast and crew are also made up of all aspects of the community, with straight, Gay, transgender and Autistic people being involved, this makeup of the production was not intentional, but makes for a diverse group that really brings to the screen a truly unique film.

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Links to our websites. 

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The Cast . 

The amazing cast of Blackout - 

Jonny Hirst - PI John Rush ( Good Tidings, Victims, Saturday)   

Paul J. Dove - Mr Smith ( '71, The woman in Black, Culture Shock)   

Hannah Mary Jenkins - Pip  ( Tangled Tales, Following the wicca man) 

Alan Mulhall - DCI Manning ( Saturday, Jons big issue)    

Matthew Williams - DCI Blakemore ( pre production - free to be) 

Abigail Mckenzie - Alison ( Volcano) 

Bruce De Jesus - Tony London ( Cilla and Common) 

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From Right - Julian Feria, Bruce De Jesus, Mark Prescott.
From Right - Julian Feria, Bruce De Jesus, Mark Prescott.
Jonny Hirst
Jonny Hirst
Abigail McKenzie
Abigail McKenzie
Paul J. Dove.
Paul J. Dove.

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Full line up can be found on Blackouts IMDB page.                                    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4724538/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

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Blackout's Official trailer. (Please note there is some swearing) 

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Behind the Scenes. 

Who are Tvplusfilms? 

Formed in 2000 by Douglas Byrne, Tvplusfilms have gone on to produce 3 Feature films, including the Temp and Fear, a Short film called Adam and Paul go for a walk. A theatre production called Snowbound, and held a film festival, Net fest 2003, which included work from around the world.

Douglas has worked with Craig Charles, Julie Goodyear, Lee Boardman, Ken Morley, Director Lesley manning and DOP Rory Taylor. He was asked to direct the Tv show The TV Chef, and co-produced the Jamie Mendonca film, Freelance Journalist. He was also Location manager on the feature film Fated.

Tvplusfilms work has been shown around the world, Via film festivals, VHS and DVD release, Cinema and Cable TV.

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The world of Blackout. 

Images of locations used and to be used. 

A dead body. but whose?
A dead body. but whose?

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The ship and Mitre - a hang out for John Rush.
The ship and Mitre - a hang out for John Rush.
Old power plant Wirral - The torture of John Rush.
Old power plant Wirral - The torture of John Rush.
The final resting place of John Rush? - Lake District.
The final resting place of John Rush? - Lake District.
Shap. lake district - the final chase scene location.
Shap. lake district - the final chase scene location.

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The budget. 

We have so far raised and spent over £5000 on the film, including equipment and insurances. We need the remaining £3500 to pay for the following.

Location hire. Recording studio time – (For overdubbing)                 

Stunt personnel. 

Specialist equipment hire. 

Securing music rights for film. 

Other equipment hire.

Other small misc charges. 

In short this money will help us complete the film to a standard that will help us sell and market Blackout against the stiff competition in the real world. 

Stretch goal! – If we reach our Target of £3500 what then? Well we can make a great film with real promise. However why stop there. 

At £5000 we can upgrade our locations, and visual effects. 

At £6000 the above plus more stunts. 

At £7500 the above and add a well know actor to the film. 

£10000 we can look at all the above and limited digital cinema release/screenings.

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After the cameras stop rolling.

Just what do we plan on doing with the film. 

For starters we're planning on having a Charity screening of the film in Liverpool, Est May 2016. it will be a big event raising money for good causes. 

After this we will enter Blackout into various festivals around the world. then look to release the film on various formats, including online and DVD. also look into Cable or TV broadcasts. 

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Finally, why Blackout

We firmly believe we have a great story, with an excellent cast and crew to make it. the film itself will have a positive impact for the local community and to a larger extent the world. 

Risks and challenges

Realistically the biggest challenge with any crowd-funding campaign is that until you reach your target, you cannot confirm shooting dates with cast, crew or locations - which can of course potential give way to availability issues. In order to minimise any delays, we have already set provisional shooting dates and are keeping in close contact with our cast, crew and locations regarding availability. Therefore, if an availability clash arises before we reach our target (and are in a position to confirm the shoot dates), we will have plenty of advance warning and will be able to juggle the schedule accordingly.

We also have a strong enough cast to draw on, that if need be some small amount or recasting can take place, with minimal impact to the film.

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