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A feature film based on the acclaimed novel by Caroline Smailes - a magical, fascinating and challenging look at bullying and love.
A feature film based on the acclaimed novel by Caroline Smailes - a magical, fascinating and challenging look at bullying and love.
4,118 backers pledged £84,434 to help bring this project to life.

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The film, directed by YouTube star and filmmaker Luke Cutforth, is based on the acclaimed novel 'The Drowning of Arthur Braxton' by celebrated author Caroline Smailes; it is an unflinching account of the pain and trauma of adolescence, of how first love can transform the most unhappy of lives into something beautiful. 

The book follows Arthur Braxton as he runs away from school and hides out in an abandoned building, a Victorian public baths. There he finds a naked woman swimming in the pool, the first in a series of circumstances that will change his life forever…

This is a dark and brooding modern fairy-tale of bullying, absent parents, self-harm, loss and, above all, love. Written by one of the UK’s most gifted authors, this story deserves a wider audience. Our film adaptation will stay true to the dark tone of the book, bringing to screen the affecting atmosphere that Caroline has created through her words.

We want you to join us in turning this wonderful book into a magical, sensitive and affecting film for the ages. 

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 - Caroline Smailes, author of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

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 - Luke Cutforth, director of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

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 - Sophie Wright, who is playing Laurel in The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

Luke Cutforth and Josh Winslade on-set together
Luke Cutforth and Josh Winslade on-set together

Through a serious of fortuitous meetings and collaborations we have secured the film option from publisher Harper Collins for this incredible book. Caroline trusted our vision for her story, and we are keen to make the film in the right way.

Finding funding for a film like this, whilst retaining the creative control we need in order to recreate the often bleak atmosphere of the book, was never going to be easy. But Kickstarter offers us the independence we need to make the film a faithful adaptation of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton, without diluting what makes it so special. 

Our goal is set to £75,000, and this is the bare minimum we can make this film for. We’re passionate about this project, so we’ll be begging and borrowing as much of the equipment, and pulling in favours from friends and colleagues so that the money can be spent on making the film the best it can be. 

When we hit our target, we will introduce new stretch goals – reaching these will allow us to make The Drowning of Arthur Braxton even bigger and better. Look out for these as they are introduced on the page and through updates. 

Every new stretch goal we reach will not only include improvements to the final film, but new rewards and opportunities for our backers! If there are any new perks you’d like to see, let us know!

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 - Luke on location at the Bath House that will be used in the film

Just some of the exciting rewards you can get!
Just some of the exciting rewards you can get!

The opportunity to join us on this cinematic journey! And some really cool stuff.

From streams of the film, to posters, screenings and a chance to be in the film itself, getting involved in this project gets you access to some amazing Arthur Braxton rewards that you won’t find anywhere else. Luke (our very sexy director) will even follow you on twitter!

Finally, let us just say a big “thank you” for getting involved. If you can’t support the film through the rewards, please just share this page over your social media accounts, and with any friends/family/colleagues/wealthy pets.

Let’s get the word out in a big way, and make The Drowning of Arthur Braxton the amazing film it deserves to be!

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Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we face is doing filmic justice to a book that is so perfect. We want this film to be as good as it possibly can be whilst retaining our independence, to ensure we can make it our way.

If we raise the money we are trying to on Kickstarter, the film will get made, however, we will always maintain effective and regular communication with our backers, to resolve any issues that may occur with rewards etc.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $3.12

    Access to backer updates after the campaign has finished, with videos, pictures and behind the scenes footage all through pre-production and filming, including videos we have been filming since 2014 when the project was a secret!

    We will also send you a digital version of the Arthur Braxton poster before anyone else!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    A private streaming link to watch 'The Drowning of Arthur Braxton' from the comfort of your own home once we finish the project! And the backer updates above.

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    Pledge £7 or more About $11

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
    A follow back from the director's verified Twitter Account @LukeIsNotSexy!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $16

    A follow back from the director's verified Twitter Account @LukeIsNotSexy!

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    A follow back from the director's verified Instagram Account @LukeIsNotSexy!

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    A follow back from the director's verified Instagram Account @LukeIsNotSexy! Included in all higher priced reward tiers (so if you've already bought a higher priced reward, you get this too)!

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    Pledge £15 or more About $23

    A special thanks credit in the film and on IMDb!

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    Pledge £20 or more About $31

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
    A personalised video message from the cast and crew!

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    Pledge £25 or more About $39

    A personalised video message from the cast and crew!

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    Pledge £35 or more About $55

    EARLY BIRD REWARD!
    A signed copy of the 'The Drowning of Arthur Braxton' poster. Exclusive for 200 backers!

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    Pledge £35 or more About $55

    Hangout with Luke! Be a part of a Google Hangout session with Luke Cutforth and a few other people for an hour. Ask questions, chat about whatever you like, and basically hang out!

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    Pledge £40 or more About $62

    A copy of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton book, signed by Caroline Smailes and Luke Cutforth!

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    • Video message
    • Hangout with Luke

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    Pledge £45 or more About $70

    Come to an early test cinema screening of the film in London, including Q&A with the team, and the opportunity to give feedback on and affect the outcome of the final film! (Travel & accommodation not included)

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    Pledge £75 or more About $117

    Skype call with Luke! Chat to the director Luke Cutforth over Skype for up to 1 hour about anything you want (within reason, let's keep it relatively clean folks).

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    Pledge £100 or more About $156

    GIFT SPECIAL! For you and a friend!

    2 x ‘The Drowning of Arthur Braxton’ poster signed by the cast and crew, and a printed bound screenplay signed by Luke, the director/writer of the film, and 2 x tickets to an early test cinema screening of the film in London, including Q&A with the team, and the opportunity to give feedback on and affect the outcome of the final film! (Travel & accommodation not included)

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    Pledge £125 or more About $195

    Get your name printed in the novel! When the film is released, a reprint of the 'The Drowning of Arthur Braxton' novel will be too, and your name will be featured within a dedication section to backers of the film.

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    • Early London screening

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    Pledge £150 or more About $234

    Get your name in the film! Yes, you will either see or hear your name written or spoken in 'The Drowning of Arthur Braxton'.

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    Pledge £175 or more About $273

    Join us for a day on set, with access all areas during filming! (Travel & accommodation not included)

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    Pledge £200 or more About $312

    Get a prop from the film! An actual prop straight from the set, with a signed certificate of authenticity. Own a piece of Arthur Braxton history! Included in all higher priced rewards.

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    • Twitter follow
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    • Join us for a day on set

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    Pledge £250 or more About $390

    Appear as an extra in the film! You will see yourself in the film, and we promise you’ll be able to tell it’s you! (Travel & accommodation not included)

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    Pledge £500 or more About $780

    An invitation for you and a friend, to the exclusive UK premiere of 'The Drowning of Arthur Braxton' and after-party with the cast. (Travel and accommodation not included)

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    • Twitter follow
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    • Early London screening
    • Extra appearance

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,561

    Dinner with the director and cast at a London restaurant for you and a friend, and take a limo with us to the exclusive UK premiere of 'The Drowning of Arthur Braxton' and after-party! (Travel and accommodation not included)

    And all of the above including:
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    • Twitter follow
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    • Video message
    • Early London screening
    • Extra appearance

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About $3,121

    Be an Associate Producer on the film. Have your name featured the artwork including the posters, and in the opening and closing credits of the film (and on IMDb), and come with us to the exclusive UK premiere! (Travel and accommodation not included)

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    • Extra appearance

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $7,803

    Be an Executive Producer on the film. Have your name featured in the artwork including the posters, and in the opening and closing credits of the film (and on IMDb), join us on set, come to screenings and premieres, and really get the true executive producer experience! (Travel and accommodation not included)

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    • Early London screening
    • Extra appearance

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