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The definitive Soho film. We are taking on the world. Let's hit the road.

We are doing this campaign for three reasons.

1) A film worth promoting.  

ADRIFT IN SOHO is intended as a tribute to the independent filmmakers of the past as well as an inspiration to future ones.  

A reminder that independent film-making does exist and needs backing from the crowd.  

The film is about Soho but it is also about all big cities and why they all have a 'Soho' place. Should they be protected?

We use the biggest case of all: 'Soho in the Fifties' and how it changed the world.  

It is also a reminder that big cities should have areas that are not conventional or excessively commercial. We need to understand why this is the case.

2) Get our independent film on the road to distribution.

Soho is an amazing place to launch a film. It has worldwide following. ADRIFT IN SOHO has the potential to open up new roads for independent films.

New media is offering greater opportunities but the hard work still has to be done. We believe that ADRIFT IN SOHO can take a great step forward, starting from Soho itself.

We have spoken to Curzon Soho and Picturehouse Piccadilly in London and to Broadway Cinema in Nottingham to reach the local audience so we can launch ADRIFT IN SOHO - the film was shot in Soho and the Lace Market.

ADRIFT IN SOHO can create a launch structure that others can also use.

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3) Preparing the film to be seen by a cinema audience requires greater technical effort.   

Some of the expenses we need to cover for a quality cinema package include Dolby final soundtrack mixing (£1,500), assembly of the film for cinema release (£2,000), cinema hire (£3,000). Promotion of the film as a finished product is also a big cost. It includes a media and publicity package and campaign (£3,000).

We went the extra mile to finish a quality post-production to be able to compete for audiences on equal terms with more expensive productions.

Interview with the director of ADRIFT IN SOHO:

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Finishing the film ADRIFT IN SOHO required similar determination. We made it.

The film was shot using state-of-the-art camera equipment and post production software as well as a vintage B&W 16mm negative Bolex for the credits opening sequence. 

Three highly professional Soho post-production companies accepted to work on it as a tribute to the best traditions of Soho's independent film-making. The editing was done by Loaded Dice (Newburgh Street), the visual effects and grading by Framestore (Noel Street) and Max and Brendan the sound editors did the soundtrack thanks to Wave Sound Studios (Great Pulteney Street).  Metropolis Films (production services in Latin America) provided an great opening sequence based on Bolex footage in Soho Square.

The grader (colorist) is Steffan Perry from Framestore. One of the best in the business. This presentation is mostly from offline material but some of the shots show his grading talent (graded shots).

Other great film suppliers and technicians worked on the film too. We recommend them all very highly. You can see the full list here

Harry Preston (played by Owen Drake) arrives in Soho in 1959.
Harry Preston (played by Owen Drake) arrives in Soho in 1959.

The writer and director Pablo Behrens spent more than 25 years working as a filmmaker in Soho. Pablo researched the history of the area thoroughly to keep things accurate but as subtle as possible so as not to overpower with detail. 

We promise you an exciting and thoughtful cinematic experience. 

The Bolex camera of the 1950s is one of the stars of the film. Suddenly the filming becomes the filmed. How was it done? (Graded shot)
The Bolex camera of the 1950s is one of the stars of the film. Suddenly the filming becomes the filmed. How was it done? (Graded shot)

We believe an independent release in Soho and later in selected areas in the UK like the Lace Market in Nottingham will be a different way to promote and see the film. Then independent distributors can take it from there to the rest of the world.

It has been a fantastic journey but now it is time to promote it and show it.

If you like thinking independently. If you like thinking differently. If you like a challenge. If you are a non-conformist. This is the campaign for you. Cinema can go a long way to change the world. Be the change you want to see.

This might be your only chance in many months to see ADRIFT IN SOHO.  

Owen Drake as Harry Preston. (Offline)
Owen Drake as Harry Preston. (Offline)

ADRIFT IN SOHO - THE FILM is a story about how the modern world came to be, told through the characters of Soho in the 1950s.

In ADRIFT IN SOHO a group of young people have to fit into a world they don't recognise or like. The neighbourhood of Soho offers some respite and some lessons. The future can be different. 

The main characters are a philosopher, an actor, two filmmakers and a revolutionary. 

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In ADRIFT IN SOHO you will find out exactly how modernity happened. 

The director met the author of the original novel Colin Wilson and discussed the approach and the meaning of it all. Other works by Wilson were 'The Outsider', 'Religion and the Rebel' and 'Ritual in the Dark'.

In Soho there is more than meets the eye. In the film you will find out what it is.

The Swinging Sixties and beyond would never have happened had it not been for the Coolest Fifties.

Music in the streets of ADRIFT IN SOHO (graded shot).
Music in the streets of ADRIFT IN SOHO (graded shot).

For the first time ever a film depicts the beginning of it all. 

The free love, music, drugs, booze, the new methods of film making and new ways of making politics - the melting pot that forged the modern world.

ADRIFT IN SOHO uses the ethos and style of an independent bunch of documentary filmmakers who existed in the 1950s under the name of 'Free Cinema'. 

With portable Bolex cameras they destroyed the old order of British cinema by showing realistic short documentaries, some of which are reproduced in ADRIFT IN SOHO as a tribute. 

Through the eyes of a Bolex camera. Sometimes ADRIFT IN SOHO gives us the point-of-view of the 1950s.
Through the eyes of a Bolex camera. Sometimes ADRIFT IN SOHO gives us the point-of-view of the 1950s.

The Free Cinema filmmakers were Lindsay Anderson, Tony Richardson, Claude Goretta, Lorenza Mazzetti, Karel Reisz, Alain Tanner, John Fletcher and Walter Lasally. The work of these filmmakers is obliquely referred to throughout ADRIFT IN SOHO.  

They released their own material some of it in Soho. They pointed the camera to real subjects and shunned studios and their star-system - hence their 'Free Cinema' attitude.

We are doing the same thing with ADRIFT IN SOHO.

Emily Seale-Jones (Jo) and Angus Howard (Marcus): the Free Cinema filmmakers in ADRIFT IN SOHO.  (Offline)
Emily Seale-Jones (Jo) and Angus Howard (Marcus): the Free Cinema filmmakers in ADRIFT IN SOHO. (Offline)

Colin Wilson the author of the original novel ADRIFT IN SOHO was featured in one of the short documentaries of the Free Cinema movement so we included this relationship in the film.

 

Original Free Cinema filmmakers. By kind permission.
Original Free Cinema filmmakers. By kind permission.

As in the novel, the film also analyses and interprets modern life through the eyes of its central character.

Harry Preston (Owen Drake) is a recent arrival to the area and soon becomes the unofficial resident philosopher of Soho. As he dissects the motives, means and opportunities of the social order in London we find out what made Soho people tick differently from the rest of society. 

Owen Drake plays Harry Preston who is Colin Wilson's alter ego in the novel and the film (graded shot)
Owen Drake plays Harry Preston who is Colin Wilson's alter ego in the novel and the film (graded shot)

 

Colin Wilson the original author of the novel ADRIFT IN SOHO in his Soho period.
Colin Wilson the original author of the novel ADRIFT IN SOHO in his Soho period.

The story is told with subtle dark humour up until the end when it packs a huge unexpected punch. Along the way the film starts as a fiction of a documentary and ends as a documentary of a fiction.

ADRIFT IN SOHO is a surreal film in formulation and a realistic film in execution.

ADRIFT IN SOHO provides answers to modern world problems. You will not know until the end if you are part of the audience or one of the film's protagonists. Maybe your name should be in the credits too. It may be soon if you participate in this crowdfunding.

Filmmaker walking around with a tripod in ADRIFT IN SOHO is a homage to Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov as his ethos was also used by the British filmmakers. The director made a point of giving the girl filmmaker priority over the camera. (Offline)
Filmmaker walking around with a tripod in ADRIFT IN SOHO is a homage to Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov as his ethos was also used by the British filmmakers. The director made a point of giving the girl filmmaker priority over the camera. (Offline)

 

Original March to Aldermaston and recreation for ADRIFT IN SOHO.
Original March to Aldermaston and recreation for ADRIFT IN SOHO.

The Free Cinema filmmakers filmed one of the most thought-provoking documentaries of all time. It was the anti-nuclear 'March to Aldermaston' of 1959. Many filmmakers and supporters came form Soho as the march departed from Trafalgar Square on Easter Weekend. 

ADRIFT IN SOHO contains images of the re-enactment of this march for the first time ever in British drama.

The CND peace sign was first unveiled in London in 1958-59 and is used in the film.

It has become the most powerful banner for peace movements anywhere ever since. Find out how it came to be in ADRIFT IN SOHO.

Judging for what is happening now between North Korea and United States nuclear disarmament feels as urgent as ever. 

Scene from the film: the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol was designed by Briton Gerald Holtom and took off in 1959 during an anti-nuclear march which is featured in the film.
Scene from the film: the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol was designed by Briton Gerald Holtom and took off in 1959 during an anti-nuclear march which is featured in the film.

Finding the actors to play the two main characters of Harry Preston and James Compton-Street was not easy. Not only they needed to be very talented as their performances would carry the whole film but the friendship between them had to ring true for themselves and for the plot. 

American actor Owen Drake (Harry Preston) met the director at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. He loved the script and came on board immediately. After some screen tests Owen definitely became Harry. Owen is also the co-producer of the film.

American actor Owen Drake in ADRIFT IN SOHO. (Offline)
American actor Owen Drake in ADRIFT IN SOHO. (Offline)

British actor Chris Wellington (James Compton-Street) was seen performing in a small theatre in London where he gave a mesmerising, bravura performance. There and then Chris became James. 

British actor Chris Wellington in ADRIFT IN SOHO. (Offline)
British actor Chris Wellington in ADRIFT IN SOHO. (Offline)

ADRIFT IN SOHO is based on real people and true events as written by Colin Wilson in the novel and researched by Pablo Behrens.

The film is more than just about two people. A great cast of seasoned performers from the London stage were needed to play quintessential Sohoites, like actors William Chubb (Robert de Bruyn) and Warwick Evans (Raoul Montauban); They were matched by talented actors from Nottingham like William Jessop (The Artist) and Martin Calcroft (Ironfoot Jack); and by up-and-coming actors Angus Howard, Emily Seale-Jones (Marcus and Jo), Olly Warrington (the Marxist revolutionary Marty), Caitlin Harris (Doreen) and Lauren Harris (Myra).

TIMELESS. 1950s pubs, cafes, streets, interiors are put into subtle 'period mode' by the art team to achieve a 'timeless mood' in ADRIFT IN SOHO. (Offline)
TIMELESS. 1950s pubs, cafes, streets, interiors are put into subtle 'period mode' by the art team to achieve a 'timeless mood' in ADRIFT IN SOHO. (Offline)

 

A deluxe print of the film's poster will be one of the rewards of the crowdfunding.
A deluxe print of the film's poster will be one of the rewards of the crowdfunding.

ADRIFT IN SOHO. Produced by PABLO BEHRENS and OWEN DRAKE. Written and directed by PABLO BEHRENS. Full credits can be found here.

More photos from the film and backstage shots taken by cast and crew are here.

Thank you for reading this presentation all the way to the end. 

See you at the private premiere in mid-December.

We will be expecting you with your work colleagues, friends and family!

Risks and challenges

All the challenges to make this film have been met. Now we have to launch it.

It will be an herculean effort for any mortal but will be a much easier task with your support.

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