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Being is a short film, by Director Devlin Crow.    

Devlin Crow Artist and Film Maker © Jolly Thompson Photography
Devlin Crow Artist and Film Maker © Jolly Thompson Photography

It will be shot in London and Brighton in late summer 2016.

It tells the story of a young boy, Buddy, who isn't your average teenager.  There's something a little different about him...

Why is he always rushing to get back home?

We see poor Buddy being bullied at school by classmates who really don't understand him.

We discover that he has to care for his Mum, Margaret by himself as she has Multiple Sclerosis, as his Dad no longer lives with them. 

We see Buddy wrestle with his responsibilities at home, and his Mum Margaret's daily stress trying to balance her own care needs living with a degenerative illness, and giving her son the childhood she would like him to have.  

Being a carer
Being a carer

Margaret is a proud, positive and intelligent woman, who doesn't want to be defined by her disability. In spite of her frustrations, she keeps a sense of humour and is never afraid to voice her opinions!

Buddy and his Mum find their escape in a world of sixties music. They share a love of mod bands like The Who, The Kinks and The Animals. The Who will feature in the soundtrack.

One day Buddy meets an out of work actor, Doley. He was in the movie, Quadrophenia. They become great friends.

Doley and his girlfriend Hayley take Buddy on a day out he will never forget!

From the Brighton location, right down to the replicas of the scooters and clothing, Being has strong cultural references to the the mod era .

Devlin Crow has secured a stellar line up of cast and crew, which includes Mark Wingett and Trevor Laird from the original Quadrophenia film.

Casting for Margaret's part is still taking place, with negotiations with several famous faces.  We'll let you know when confirmed!

The production is in safe hands with an experienced team behind the scenes.

Tristan Oliver is known for his work on Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Wrong Trousers.

Barrington Pheloung is best known for his music on TV shows, Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour plus feature films such as Hilary & Jackie, Truly Madly Deeply and Nostradamus.

Craig Irving will mix sound, Rupert Hall will be our editor, George Greenwood Camera and Jolly Thompson stills photographer.  

Award-winning producer Kath Shackleton from Fettle Animation will organise all behind the scenes.

Main locations have been secured and all of the key elements are in place to make this project a reality.

Devlin Crow is a versatile and talented artist, who has made a series of renowned short films in his career.

Devlin Crow and Mark Wingett © Jolly Thompson Photography
Devlin Crow and Mark Wingett © Jolly Thompson Photography

Devlin's own wife Kennedy is living with Multiple Sclerosis, and Devlin is himself, her carer, so the film will have elements based on the directors own experiences.

“I have always had an affinity with Quadrophenia due to growing up in Brighton and remembering the Mod gathering and scooters then. My youth and view of Brighton is fused with the film and the Mod scene. The outsider element at the core of the film focuses on young carers who battle caring for love ones, the dynamics of parent and child is upturned causing strain. Their efforts go unnoticed by the larger society” Devlin Crow.

The branding of the film and the Being Kickstarter campaign have been orchestrated by creative agency Better with Jam.

Risks and challenges

Our experienced crew and cast are mindful and realistic about the challenges of making a short film. We will all work tirelessly to bring these ideas to fruition.

We have created a schedule to make the best use of everyone's time and talents. We have an experienced producer at the helm to manage budgets and schedules.

We will look after all the team well during the shoot, and put time into post production to create strong sound and vision for the final film.

The truth in this film comes from the fact that it is rooted in Devlin's real life experiences as a carer himself. Devlin is also realistic about the challenges ahead and his wife is fully supportive of this project.

"The challenges I face are how to follow my artistic ambitions with my day-to-day life looking after Kennedy, my terminally ill wife. When coming to shoot drama I will have extra, specialist care in place for my partner in order to carry out film production and to concentrate on it fully."

Everyone involved is committed to making this film the best it can possibly be.

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