PERIOD PIECE is a contemporary dark comedy about Jessie, a downtrodden bartender. Jessie wants to rile against the constant sexual harassment she has to endure by putting on an evening of pro-feminist performance art at the Jack the Ripper themed bar she works at. Before she can stage anything, she’ll have to tackle her arch-nemesis, ‘French bulldog guy’, her subtly lecherous boss, her annoyingly loud sort-of boyfriend, her evasive menstruation, and ultimately the patriarchy that emboldens toxic masculinity.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT:
The male gaze sees the female form as equally attractive and repulsive; we want to see more females on film inhabiting their full femininity and being gross and funny. Our whole lives female periods have been portrayed on screen primarily in the form of blue liquid – encouraging the notion that women’s bodies are unnatural and secret. This is a film that needs to be told in the current social climate, particularly by women. This is a story about harassment that inspires and empowers the female protagonist. It ends on a note that subverts the dynamic of harassment.
WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST:
Your funds will help us achieve a great deal with this project.
1. It will further the careers of emerging female creatives in a male dominated industry.
2. Allow us to pay external collaborators a fair wage for their time and invaluable skills.
3. Taking our film beyond just a “grad project”, and making it a professional level production.
5. Ensuring our film is actually seen, through putting aside funds for distribution costs.
Heidi O’Loughlin is a London based comedian, writer and director from New Zealand.
Adored for creating cult festival favourite FanFiction Comedy and for her appearances on BBC Knowledge and TV One panel show Best Bits in New Zealand, Heidi O’Loughlin is one of ‘New Zealand’s brightest young comedy writers’ (Fest). Her voice is well-known to over six million people who play the online action RPG Path of Exile as ‘The Witch’. Most recently she has starred as the lead in a comedy pilot commissioned by the Disney Channel which was filmed in Melbourne, Australia.
In equal measure smart and personal, surreal and feminist, Period Piece is a contemporary comedy from one of the brightest new voices on the international stage. Heidi has performed around the world, including representing New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, performing at The Royal Festival Hall, being nominated (twice) for Best Show Concept by the NZ Comedy Guild and selling out shows in Edinburgh.
AWARDS: Short to the Point Festival (Nominated, The Landlady) - Bucharest 2016 Moving Pictures Festival (Nominated, The Landlady) - Antwerp 2016 Barry Award Best Newcomer (Nominee) - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 Kevin Smith Memorial Cup for Artistic Achievement (Nominee) - NZ Comedy Guild 2015 Best Show (Winner) - NZ Comedy Guild 2012 BBC NZ Young Producer of the Year (Winner) - BBC 2011 Best Show Concept (Nominated) 2009 - NZ Comedy Guild RAW Comedy Competition (National Runner-up) - 2009 Spirit of the Festival (Winner) - NZ International Comedy Festival 2008
PRESS: “Super-charming, engagingly coy and with an ever-smiling delivery... an hour in her company is a pleasure” - Chortle (UK)
“A satirical delight” - Fest (UK)
“Gut-bustingly funny” - Broadway Baby (UK)
“Endearing from the outset...personal [and] political” - Beat Magazine (AUS)
“Her delivery is perfect...comedy with a little more substance.” - Herald Sun (AUS)
"Uber comedy whizkid" - Theatreview (NZ)
Karis Halsall is an award winning playwright who has recently transitioned into writing for film and television. A graduate of The Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and advanced ‘Invitation Only’ Group, her playwriting credits include The Hampstead, The Old Red Lion, Theatre 503, The Southwark Playhouse, The Bush Theatre, Brighton Fringe and VAULT Festival.
From 2014 – 2015 Karis was the Literary Associate at new writing powerhouse, Theatre503.
PRESS: “So engaging and different – an innovative new voice in the new writing scene” - Theatrefullstop
“Playwright Karis Halsall’s whirlwind of clowning and puppetry tackled power structures, sinister co-workers and the shadows of mental health in all-out style.” - The Argus
“Fascinating….entertaining…deeply thought provoking” - London Theatre 1
Katie Hildreth previously worked as the Production Coordinator and Stage Manager for The Second City in Chicago. There she learned the ins-and-outs of producing comedy from some of the best comedy minds in the world. She is currently working toward her Masters in Producing Film at Goldsmiths University in London and has a BA in Theatre: Arts Administration from Suffolk University in Boston. Her experience in the performing arts spans 10 years and 1000s of performances.
Drew McCrary is a cinematographer with six years of experience. He is from Huntsville, Alabama. Previously studied Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design, being published in various magazines and publications as well showing several bodies of work in gallery exhibitions around the United States. Since graduating he has worked on branded video content for companies and independent short films. He is now currently working toward Master in Cinematography from Goldsmiths University of London.
Taylor Nelson is a camera operator, and studied Media Communications with a minor in Film Studies at North Carolina State University. The years following her undergraduate career were spent soul searching, always thinking about the film industry as she jumped from one career to another. Now, six years after graduating, she has decided to obtain her Masters in Cinematography at Goldsmiths, University of London, in order to fulfill her dreams of working with like-minded filmmakers on progressive and creatively innovative projects.
Josie Farrugia is the Editor for Period Piece. She has loved film and literature from and young age so decided to study for a BA in English and Media from Nottingham Trent University. Once completed she gained an internship working within marketing to creative engagement content for all to enjoy. Now Josie is working towards a MA in Filmmaking at Goldsmiths, University of London in order to jump start her career in independent short and feature length filmmaking.
Daniel Kempson is a sound designer and sound recordist. With his background in music, the time spent after his Music Degree was focused on composition for short film and online content, whilst also working as a sound engineer for classical and pop studio recording. During this time he gained experience in sound design - producing work for theatre and short film - which subsequently become his primary area of interest. He is currently studying for an MA in Sound Recording, Post-Production & Design at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Maisie Ellen Williams is a South East London native and the First AD of Period Piece. While amassing a wide variety of production credits on commercial content, documentary series and feature films, Maisie found her life’s passion in assistant directing. An excellent communicator, she is currently studying for an MA in Producing Film at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is fluent in three languages.
Risks and challenges
Period Piece faces the usual risks of film and TV production — What if our main location falls through? What if our producer gets a specific type amnesia and forgets all of her organisation skills. What if the Director of Photography goes colour blind? Never fear: we are offsetting those risks with production insurance, contingency plans, and a production team with loads of professional experience.
On top of the above assurances, the money we're raising is on top of the £3,000 budget provided by Goldsmiths. We will also be provided with an ARRI Amira or RED EPIC camera, basic lighting kit, sound recording kit, and editing and sound suites. Your contribution will allow us access to more specialist equipment, facilities and personel.
One of our biggest challenges will be special effects. Our major climactic scene will require buckets of blood and some cool contraptions to give it the look we need. To offset this risk, we are using the funds we raise here to pay a respected SFX artist to make this scene happen.
Distribution is always a challenge with low-budget films, but we plan on going to as many film festivals as we can to get this film out there. We want this to be a success as much as our backers!
We will provide regular updates on the project, and all of you will be the first to know what is going on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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