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Julia Nalivaiko returns to her homeland to document the life, culture and food of former Soviet nations.
Julia Nalivaiko returns to her homeland to document the life, culture and food of former Soviet nations.
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Hi Kickstarters!

We've recently returned from an epic shoot in the former USSR, and must now chop 57 hours of footage into a tv series. Here's a little somethin' about the show...

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BACK IN THE SOVIET BLOC

Everyone knows Chernobyl, mail-order brides and vodka abuse. But there must be more to Russia and Ukraine, right? 

Back in the Soviet Bloc is a 6-part tv series about contemporary life in former Soviet nations. It's hosted by Julia Nalivaiko, who was born in Ukraine and has lived in Australia since age 13. She's joined forces with Stuart McBratney, a filmmaker with 25 years experience, to document everyday life in her motherland.

She interviews a plethora of personalities, who share their hopes, their dreams, and discuss the challenges of a nation still transitioning from communism. Issues such as poverty, homelessness and corruption are addressed, yet the interviewees still express pride in their country, and hope for its future.

Julia is exposed to the richness and diversity inherent in their lives. She chats to a pop megastar. She visits the squat of homeless Roma. She sips Russia's best cocktails in a rooftop bar, and visits a pensioner living on $80/month. From green energy conferences, to debaucherous Odessa clubs, from Moscow's hectic highways to Kherson's serene waterways, Julia discovers a land of contrasts.

And while the series isn't a food show, Julia's culinary leanings lead her to local flavours. This includes a restaurant fancied by heads of state, and the home-cooked delights of an organic farm. (Though there they just call it a farm.)

Back in the Soviet Bloc is a journey through the former Soviet landscape, encountering its hearts and minds, exploring its beauty, and discovering its spirit. Caution: not suitable for persons sensitive to borsch.

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You made it through our blurb! Nice work. Here's what's next.

Having filmed mountains of footage, there's an epic editing task ahead. For this we need funds, and hope to raise $5,000 to cover post-production of the first episode.

Once we have one episode finished, we'll then shop it around to various networks, with the aim of securing a completion and distribution deal.

We'd love for you to be involved in this great adventure. Na zdarovye!

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    A thank you tweet, our eternal gratitude + Julia's secret borsch recipe!

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    Digital download pack: includes original soundtrack, Julia’s favourite Russian recipes & 5 original photos to use as desktop wallpapers! (NOTE: soundtrack deliverable in July, other items available in February)

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    Download of the entire series + digital download pack!

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    5 x limited edition 17 x 30cm prints (choose from a selection of beautiful images), signed DVD + digital download pack, plus a surprise gift!

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    Super-deluxe coffee table book with original photos from the series, signed DVD + digital download pack!

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    Julia will cook a lavish Russian/Ukrainian feast for you & 3 friends, complete with caviar and home-infused Russian vodka. The evening will be filmed, and will appear as a special feature on the dvd! Guests receive the complete series and digital download pack. (Sydney or Newcastle only, unless you fly Julia somewhere at your expense) NOTE: Dinner available from January, though series not deliverable until June.

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    Associate Producer credit + complete series & digital download package. Plus a personal phone call from Julia & Stu to thank you for your awesomeness.

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    3-day DSLR masterclass with director/DP Stuart McBratney, anywhere in the world*. Feel free to bring some friends or an entire class to share the bill! (*Within reason...please email to discuss.)

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