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A short film about a teenager in Blackpool, 1997, with a dream of becoming a drag queen.

NOW RAISING TOWARDS OUR STRETCH GOAL £6,500
A short film about a teenager in Blackpool, 1997, with a dream of becoming a drag queen.
A short film about a teenager in Blackpool, 1997, with a dream of becoming a drag queen.
151 backers pledged £6,500 to help bring this project to life.

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SEQUINS is a coming of age comedy short film set in late 90s Blackpool. 17-year-old Paul's journey of self-discovery takes a unique turn when he embarks on his ambition to become a drag queen, despite fear of ridicule from his peers and being ostracised by his family.

Opportunity presents itself when Paul meets drag queen Mimi Le Purr, a  seasoned performer at The Sequin Club in Blackpool. With the help of Roger, (Mimi out of drag), Paul embarks on a journey of transformation, both physically and emotionally.

A heartfelt comedy about learning to love yourself and trusting that those closest to you will accept you no matter what, Sequins is the "Frilly Elliot" of Drag. 

Why Now? The film looks at a time in the not so distant past before drag performance started to become more mainstream and there was less social understanding about it as an art form. Since the launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag has been brought into people's homes and sparked conversations that wouldn't otherwise have been had, which is exciting to witness as people embrace it. 

But we're still on a journey towards acceptance, and the story of Sequins is as relevant today in the ongoing attempt to bridge the gap between the LGBTQ+ community and less liberal thinking areas of society.

Why You? In order to get Sequins made, we need your help. Things like locations, equipment, costumes, props, catering, accommodation, transport, cast & crew expenses all add up, not to mention the wigs, heels, eyelashes and all the sequin dresses we're going to need!

So this is where you come in! The more budget we have, the more we can allocate to things like better equipment, making the film look its absolute best. We have already won the Genera Film Fund prize which covers our camera equipment, an Arri Alexa Plus/ Arri Master Primes package, to be provided by Procam. But we need this last push to get over our budget line and into production at last. 

The footage shown in the Kickstarter video is test footage shot by director, Michael, with a camera borrowed from a friend in order to put together a sizzle reel for potential investors and talent agents, and to prove that this project should get made. 

Because we are a small, indie film project, we wanted to ensure we present ourselves as dedicated professionals who are passionate about this project every step of the way. We can't thank our young cast enough for giving up their time for the day of shooting. 

What Do I Get? Every donation goes a long way to achieving our target. We have some amazing rewards available that will hopefully make you want to be a part of the Sequins family. For instance:

If you'd spend £20 on a night out at the theatre, cinema or a drag show then consider chucking it our way. WHY? Because you'll get an invite to our official screening which will include live drag performances and mingling with the cast and crew. THAT'S SOME VALUE FOR MONEY HUNTY! HALLELOO!

So please, if you love this project as much as we do, if you love drag and you love film, please donate and share this project to your social media, tell your friends about it, and help us make this film. Thank You.

THE PEOPLE BRINGING SEQUINS TO LIFE: 

Amy Clarke - Writer

Amy Clarke
Amy Clarke

Amy is a scriptwriter born in Blackpool and living in London. She's just completed an MA in Scriptwriting at Goldsmiths University of London, where she's been developing the feature film script of Sequins. She's even a drag queen, under the name Saoirse Groanin'!

Michael Beddoes - Director

Michael Beddoes
Michael Beddoes

Michael Beddoes is a filmmaker with a number of years experience making short films. His projects have played at a number of Oscar and BAFTA accredited film festivals around the world. As well as festivals, his previous projects have also been Short of the Week selections for both HungerTV & Collabor8te online channels.

We have other amazing cast and crew...oh boy do we have an incredible team on this film. We'll be doing rolling announcements every few days to introduce you to everybody.

The Sequins Production Story so far...

  • In development for nearly a year.
  • James Dreyfus cast as Mimi Le Purr/ Roger Ellis
  • Ben Willbond cast as Alan Bigsby.
  • Young cast members found through an extensive Lancashire based search, including newcomer Robbie Gaskell as our lead, Paul Bigsby.
  • Award winning producer Douglas Cox onboard.
  • All locations except one found.
  • The script was a Quarter Finalist in the world renowned Screen Craft Film Fund.
  • The script also won the Genera Film Fund prize, which has awarded us a professional kit package for the film.
  • Mentioned by RuPaul and Michelle Visage on their podcast 'Whats The Tee?'

Potential Investors: We are happy to share the latest draft of the script with anybody looking to invest for any of the producer perks, so please contact us at mike@mikebeddoes.com

Risks and challenges

As with any film project, there are of course risks.

We will take all precautions to limit the chance of these happening, and we will be insured against any unexpected accidents or injuries while filming.

We will have back-up plans for our exterior shots in the event of adverse weather conditions.

Arrangements with our rental houses and locations will allow us to delay filming and reschedule should a member of the cast become ill or not be able to perform for any other reason.

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    A Fistful of Glittery Thanks

    We will release a fistful of glitter into the air and call out your name in thanks. (No really, we will. Any excuse to chuck some glitter around.)

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    Slay it!

    We'll thank you via the Sequins social media accounts, which is the equivalent of seeing your name sparkle in 50's Hollywood, right?

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    Postcard & Get Read by Orla Nothin'

    The Library is OPEN! Get READ TO FILTH by Sequins cast member and London Drag Queen Orla Nothin' with a special personalised video recording. You'll also receive a hand written thank you from writer Amy Clarke and director Michael Beddoes on the back of an exclusive postcard created for Sequins. PLUS a written social media shoutout.

    *video shoutouts will be recoded & uploaded after the Kickstarter ends.

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    Digital Script & Screening Invite

    The DIGITAL SCRIPT! Plus FIVE digital stills from our test shoot and social media shout. AND you get an INVITE to the official screening, which will include LIVE PERFORMANCES from incredible London DRAG QUEENS.
    Guuuuurrrrrl!

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    Early Tea

    SEE THE FILM FIRST! Be one of the first to lay eyes on the finished film - wherever you are in the world! Untuck at home in your own Interior Illusions Lounge, grab a tube of glitter and settle in to watch Sequins from the comfort of your own home.
    PLUS A SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT!

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    Give a Girl Some Credit

    You receive a SPECIAL THANK YOU MENTION in the CREDITS, seen by everyone who ever watches the film, across all eternity. PLUS our world famous SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT! All the gratitude, with a dash of glamour.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $52

    Premiere Diva

    Ooooh, hunty! Come and be fabulous with TWO VIP TICKETS to the London cast & crew screening at a London venue!
    Drag not essential but highly encouraged to watch the film for the first time on the big screen. VIP tickets include hanging out with the cast and over a drink or two and meet & greets with an array of London's very own drag queens.

    Be prepared to have your picture taken by our official photographer for the evening. We'll be celebrating this film in true drag fashion with live drag performances as well as the screening. You don't want to miss it.

    PLUS a digital copy of the script AND your social media shout out.

    *LONDON VENUE AND ACTUAL DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.
    *Travel and accommodation is not included.

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    Pledge £45 or more About $58

    Early Tea with added Kiki

    You get the awesome EARLY TEA ACCESS TO THE FILM and you ALSO receive the DIGITAL SCRIPT, an exclusive peek into the shoot with the DIGITAL BTS FOOTAGE plus a selection of DIGITAL STILLS by unit stills photographer. A bombastic bundle of goodness. PLUS a mahoosive SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT!

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    What's a Ho to Do?

    You get either the EARLYBIRD DOWNLOAD of the film plus a SPECIAL MENTION in the CREDITS.

    OR

    TWO TICKETS to the LONDON PREMIERE plus a SPECIAL MENTION in the CREDITS of the film! Your choice. Plus our SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT! Werk!.

    *NOTE: LONDON VENUE AND DATE to be confirmed. Travel and accommodation is not provided.

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    A big bag of Flazeda

    EARLYBIRD DOWNLOAD of the FILM. Plus the DIGITAL SCRIPT. Plus a SPECIAL THANKYOU MENTION in the END CREDITS of the film. And our amazing SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT!

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    Glamazon Package

    Marry RuPaul! (Nah, we can't make that happen.)

    BUT, we can offer you the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, a digital copy of THE SCRIPT, be READ TO FILTH by Orla Nothin', have a special thanks in THE CREDITS and even come to the SCREENING where you can mingle to your heart's content with the cast, crew and drag queens of London.

    Not to mention that all important social media shout out.

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    Kiki on Set - Be an Extra!

    Be PART OF THE SHOOT! Join us ON SET for the shoot, as AN EXTRA IN THE FILM. See the process up close and personal and work with the team bringing the film alive. This is your opportunity to see first-hand how an indie film shoot works and see the team in action. You will gain a unique insight into the story, the process and the way the team work together. Watch the crew and the actors bring the story from page to screen. You do not need to have any acting or filming experience, we will explain everything to you and look after you. A truly unique and special perk.

    *Travel and accommodation is not included.

    NOTE: 18 YEARS AND OVER ONLY. Younger 'teenage' extras for the SCHOOL SHOW scene at special arrangement and parents/guardians must attend the shoot with them.

    PLUS the social media shout out and a SPECIALl Sequins branded MYSTERY GIFT all EXTRAS will receive on set. You KNOW it's going to be fabulous!

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    Associate Producer

    This gets you an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER IMDB CREDIT, SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT to let everyone know how fabulous you are! PLUS TWO VIP TICKETS to the official screening including live drag performances.

    *Travel and accommodation is not included.

    NOTE: This perk does not afford you any creative control over the film

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    Executive Producer

    A sparkling shimmery EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    IMDb CREDIT, inclusion in the film's CREDITS as an Executive Producer, plus the SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT.

    PLUS TWO VIP TICKETS to the official screening with live drag performances.

    *Travel and accommodation is not included.

    NOTE: This perk does not afford you any creative control over the film.

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    Pledge £750 or more About $972

    Super Exec Producer Realness Package

    An IMDb CREDIT listing you as an Executive Producer.
    Plus a HARD COPY MOVIE POSTER, signed for you personally with a thank you message.

    If that's not enough you'll also get TWO VIP TICKETS to the LONDON PREMIERE SCREENING with the cast and crew which will include live drag performances.
    Our EARLYBIRD ONLINE ACCESS TO THE FILM, a HARD COPY of the SCRIPT with SCRIPT NOTES.

    Plus you'll get a personalised video being READ TO FILTH by Sequins cast member and drag queen Orla Nothin'.

    You'll receive a printed BTS photo book from the shoot photographed by our official unit stills photographer.

    And that all important SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUTOUT! And our undying love from the bottom of our grateful, sequin filled hearts.

    *Travel and accommodation is not included.

    NOTE: This perk does not afford you any creative control over the film

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