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A short film that largely talks about the relationship between a Polish immigrant and her British daughter after a family loss.
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Hello! Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page.

We are Balbina Bochużyńska (Writer/Director) and Reuben Samra (Producer), both based in London. We're currently looking for funding to bring this story to life, and eventually to screens.

We really can't make this film without your help. It would be fantastic if you could read on and hear a bit more about the project.


THEMES

The film builds on the idea of the mother-daughter symbiosis - the shared primitive bond, that grows beyond differences and figures as a kind of abstract absolute. The surreal element of the donkey as grandmother signifies this intangible bond, shared among generations - a magical, inexplicable element that creeps into grim reality.

It reaches to comically depict this energy, that exists unnamed, within the real - an organic feeling that makes us experience abstract beauty in the most unusual situations. It makes objects and ideas come to life and strengthens bonds that otherwise might’ve never existed. I call this energy the extraordinary.

It further represents the magical, inexplicable sensation and mystery that surround death itself and explores how it affects human behaviour within context of the motherly relationship.

Both Paulina and Martha must acknowledge this element in relation to one another.

Anna sets off in conflict with the idea of grandmother as donkey, remaining in denial of her mother’s perspective.

Martha is reflecting on her life with grandmother - her mother - instead of noticing Paulina, not realising that the reflection she believes she’s making is really more about Paulina than her mother.


SYMBOLISM

The donkey -  Why a donkey? First of all there is just something about donkeys. They are a household animal kind of comical, a bit funny looking, but at the same time they have some nobility in them. I think the film should reflect this ( lightly comical yet classy). Second of all, they are a religious symbol and, since this is all very much around Polish culture, religion is an integral element of any Polish grandma. The funny thing is that they aren’t always religious, but they kind of are. Stubbornly (donkey alike) a lot of them keep going to church but they don’t really practise religion beyond that (and a few crosses and pictures here and there round their flat). So what would they be? Noble, loving, sweet, semi-religious, stubborn. Donkey!

The elderly -  As being more in touch with this ‘extraordinary’. They know that residents that pass away . Since they’ve lived their life and know so much more about its abstract sensations. Like children in late 18th century used to be thought to be able to communicate with ghosts (because of the purity of their being), the elderly in this world have the ability communicate with this magical energy. 


SPOTTY THE DONKEY

The biggest challenge of our film is the title character - the donkey! We have searched far and wide and have cast Spotty the donkey for her rare coat!

Spotty the donkey as grandma!
Spotty the donkey as grandma!

We are working with established animal wrangler Trevor Smith (Under the Skin, The Party), who has been working in the industry for decades. We are delighted to have Spotty and Trevor on board. Our top priority is making sure that Spotty is as comfortable as possible, which is part of the reason we will be shooting in a studio.


SET

We are building a set, partly to create a comfortable shooting environment for Spotty, and so we can have creative control over the look of the grandmother's flat.

Concept art by Balbina (director)
Concept art by Balbina (director)
Moodboards done by Matilda (production designer)
Moodboards done by Matilda (production designer)

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge is working with a donkey, however we have made sure to get a well trained, steady donkey from a reliable animal wrangler. We are currently securing cast members and locations. The University of Westminster has been kind enough to offer free access to equipment and a studio, and we have a dedicated crew, which means that we have kept costs and risks as low as possible.

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