What is The Forgotten Film Club?
The FFC is a journey through unseen, unloved and unremembered movies. An ongoing series of books exploring films forgotten by society. This is not an exercise in kitsch and not a hilarious plan to 'out' films which have dated badly. It's about finding and exploring films which attempted to, but ultimately did not, make a mark on the mainstream. Taking a look at them critically and philosophically, talking to people involved in their production and having a think about their place in the world now.
Each book deals exclusively with just one film. A forgotten film. Maybe it'll be a diamond in the rough, an overlooked masterpiece or just a film which ultimately didn't work but had a great story behind it.
Basically, if you love films and are fascinated by how they get made and what happens to them once they're released, you should join the club.
So, what film is Book One about?
Well... I'm not going to tell you. Yet. You won't find out until the book arrives. That is part of the ethos of the FFC. Chances are you wouldn't have heard of it or would wonder why anybody would write a whole book about it if you had. But you have to remember that the book isn't strictly about the film. For those of you who read my last book Videosyncratic (if you haven't, get yourself over to Amazon right now and snag a copy!), you'll know what to expect with my writing - it's a funny, odd, but also serious book, which is a little sad at times and steeped heavily in film geekery. It's a bit autobiographical and is as much about the bizarre journey I've been on uncovering the film as it is about the film itself.
What I can tell you about the film is:
- It was directed by a very highly respected filmmaker.
- It was released in the 80s.
- Its a blend of two very popular cinema genres.
What I can tell you so far about this book is that:
- I have interviewed the film's director.
- I have interviewed the film's star - at length.
- I have spent time at the British Board of Film Classification's office unpicking their files on this film.
- I have sat down with professional film critics to watch and discuss the film.
- I have interviewed an expert in the academic field this film is rooted in about the validity of the notions behind it.
- I have watched this film probably 30 times in the last year and become a little obsessed.
- It will feature the never-before-seen original storyboards by the film's creator of their vision of the opening sequence.
I've had an absolute blast writing and researching this book and finding out the inside track on a film that I've loved for a very long time, of which very little has ever been written about before. The book itself is a shorter one than Videosyncratic and is structured as a collection of essays and experiences which all build to tell the story of the film, its place in the world and the journey I've been on with it. It has quite an unexpected and delightful ending, too.
This book will feature illustrations by Paul Loudon, whose work on the covers of Starburst Magazine are some of my favourite film-based art. The higher reward levels for this campaign will feature an exclusive art book, which conceptually I'm in love with but can't spill the beans about yet, as it would reveal the film. You can also get your hands on his original artwork for this project. I've already had a preview and I'm so excited about it. Here are some examples of his work:
If you backed Videosyncratic and enjoyed that book, then I really do think this will be your cup of tea.
The success of the Videosyncratic campaign allowed me to put more money back into the production, which resulted in being able to manufacture the book to be the exact dimensions of a video tape and to package the special edition with a rainbow-foil-stamped VHS cover in a VHS box. It also let me make some surprise extras for the package, which all went down very well - here are some of the photos of the final package which happy customers posted on social media. You can see how much fun I have making a great package and the same will be true of this book. This time, the special edition will come in a film can but I'll keep adding cool extra stuff if the campaign goes beyond the target.
I do still have a limited quantity of these special edition packages, so message me if you'd like to get hold of one.
If you love cinema, thinking a little too much about things and stories about how films get made, I really think you'll want to become a member of The Forgotten Film Club.
Risks and challenges
I can't see any real risks with this project. The book is finished and currently being edited. Having completed the Videosyncratic Kickstarter just a few months ago, I'm fully equipped to complete and deliver this one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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