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Lilly is a short film that takes an honest look at what it means to be old, what it means to be alone and what it means to be.

Lilly is a short film inspired by an original documentary that I (Brett) shot some years ago. You can listen to me talk about the origins of Lilly here: 

Bethany (the producer) and I are launching this Kickstarter campaign to try and get the funds together to get 'Lilly' made and tell a story that we think is really important. What does it mean to be running out of time and what's truly important in life? These are some of the questions we want to tackle with this film. 

The story: 

The film follows the elderly 'Lilly' as she speaks to the various family members and carers that pass through her home. Lilly is a proud woman but her days are filled with fragmented contemplation and repetition. As her mental state deteriorates she begins to question whether it's too late to make a change and start living again.

Why?

If we raise this money it'll mean that we can feed our cast and crew and be able to access the equipment we need to get this project off the ground! 

We want to make the best movie possible and we want to do that without screwing anybody in the process.

We would so sincerely appreciate anything that anyone can give to help us out. 

That being said, if you can't afford it or don't want to - please do spread the word. 

Please help us make a film that has something to say - Lilly could be your mother or your grandmother.

If you'd like to watch the original documentary that inspired Lilly, you can view it here: 

We don't have a lot (which is why we're here) but we'll be providing exclusive gifts and rewards for anyone kind enough to donate to our film. We look forward to hearing from you - please don't hesitate to get in touch with either Bethany or myself.

We've recently managed to secure our shooting location and principal photography will be taking place between the 12th & 16th of July. You can see some shots of our location here: 

A thank you to everyone that has backed our film so far:

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Having worked in theatre and film both Bethany and myself are well aware of the inevitable problems that can arise when embarking on a creative venture such as this!

As things stand we're currently still in search of our leading lady as well as a location that we can use for the duration of the shoot - these are our two main obstacles. Aside from that we have a supportive crew in place, a strong script and a huge amount of dedication.

To tackle the first of our main obstacles we'll shortly be holding casting session and inviting some of our favourite actresses to audition for the main role. Should we fail to find anyone via this process we plan on looking into collaborating with a professional casting agency to find the perfect 'Lilly' as soon as possible.

Finding a location could be a more tricky affair but we hope that through creating a strong community of support for the film, through Kickstarter, social media and alike we'll be able to source a location that we can use relatively cheaply. We already have someone working as a location scout to help us find the ideal abode for Lilly to inhabit.

We are highly dedicated to seeing this project through - it's not just a film for us, it's a passion and our priority. Whatever challenges we face we're confident that we are collaborating with enough talented people to pool together our experience and find a solution. Both Bethany and myself come from very close-nit creative communities and with your help and the help of our peers I'm certain that we can overcome any obstacle we might face.

There will inevitably be hold ups for the film, be it weather (we initially wanted to film in snow but quickly dropped this idea!), finances or personnel but we have enough experience and support to adapt and overcome any of these problems.

I can assure you that if you see fit to help us out we'll deliver a film that will make you proud to be a part of!

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