Death of Glamour - Documentary Project
Feature-length documentary charting the rise and fall of the British Glamour Industry, 1960s-present day.
Hello again! It's Sim-Wise here with another Kickstarter. This one is different than my last so may take a little explaining... basically this time I want to make a documentary! A bit ambitious you might think, but with a 2:1 degree in Film, I am randomly pretty qualified.
My plan is to document the rise and fall of the UK glamour industry - from its roots in the 1960s to the present day - by interviewing the people involved to form a definitive (non-biased!) oral history and then release it as a feature-length documentary film or documentary series, available online.
THE LONGER BLURB
For a variety of reasons, which we will explore (death of print media, rise of the internet and internet porn, Twitter politics, knee-jerk feminism, to name a few) glamour modeling has been on a slow decline for a number of years now, to the point where my 16-year-old sister doesn't even know what it is. Great! You might think, but I'm not so sure...
While my own relationship to the glamour world has been conflicted (I kind of made my career on being an anti-glamour model) it is something that I have witnessed first-hand and have always been articulate and outspoken about. Looking back with the benefit of old age and motherhood, I can see that modeling was a job that I mostly enjoyed doing for 9 years and it was a huge part of my life. It presented me and many others with so many opportunities that it seems weird to simply let that world and its stories fade away undocumented, as if it never happened. Up until now there has not been anything to counter the recent criticism directed at the industry and for the sake of fairness, I feel like there should be.
As well as finding out about Glamour's history from those that have lived it, I want to get to the bottom of what drove me and many other women to become Glamour Models and in the process address common questions and misconceptions, like: How come it's so naff now? Was it really as exploitative and shameful as everyone likes to make out? What were its positive/negative points? What opportunities did it present and what did we go on to do afterwards? Are we proud of what we did or do we regret it? Did we make lots of money? Were we driven by patriarchy or self-empowerment? Are we 'bad women' like all these feminists would suggest? Or are we feminists ourselves?
Obviously I can't do all of this on my own, so for just £5000 I will reassemble my old In Bed With Sim-Wise team (Dan, Edo, Mike, maybe even Prolapse) - with the new addition of genius misanthrope and fellow ex-model Carla Brown - to do something a bit (okay, a lot) more serious. Together we will create a thought-provoking and honest look at the highs and lows of an industry that has been divisive for some and a closed book for many, before it goes totally underground and disappears.
To do this we want to interview as many people as we can, from top glamour models to cam girls to agents and publishers to build a picture of what a diverse bunch of people were involved and catalogue their various stories and experiences. The idea is to create something that reflects the multifaceted nature of the industry and the various motivations, conflicts, failures and successes that drove us all, presenting the stories found with dignity and with respect.
WHY ARE WE QUALIFIED?
Documentaries of this sort always get it wrong! They contain a load of made up facts and are usually told from an outsider's perspective whereas Carla and myself have over 20 years modelling experience between us, so this is something we have lived first-hand. We also come from different ideological backgrounds - Carla is somewhat anti Page 3 whereas I am conflicted but pro - so we think this will help make a more balanced and truthful documentary than those previously seen.
In addition to modelling I have worked as a television presenter in the past - for MTV and G4TV - so I am comfortable in front of a camera. I also have a film degree so I can write, direct and edit if needs be.
I picked my In Bed With Sim-Wise team because we used to make that show on about 50p in an old Babestation studio, so £5000 for us will be like a magical dream.
Here are some examples of my past presenting work:
If you like what you hear and would like to get involved there are a number of ways you can muck in and help:
First step is to pledge monetary support - even if it's a pound it makes a difference! That's a cup of tea! All pledges get a thank you and a credit in the finished film so your kindness won't go unappreciated.
If you have mad skillz and would like to donate equipment, expertise, time, or even pledge prizes, then drop us a message.
Finally, if you are a model, cam girl, photographer, editor, publisher, agent, intellectual, feminist or other that would like to be featured in the documentary, has interesting stories or opinions, and can spare a morning or an afternoon for a chat and a cup of tea then let us know!
We don't bite!
Email for all enquiries is firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
The money raised will cover crew, camera hire, biscuits, travel, hotels, childminders, day rates, editing suite hire, cups of tea, admin, film festival submissions, websites, social media, legal, and hopefully, a super banging premiere! Obviously we will beg and borrow as much as we can but we have tried to budget for any unforeseen costs also. Having said that, it's still a pretty tight budget so the premiere will probably be a small affair in a pub somewhere...
However, IF we get into stretch goals it means we can interview MORE people, use MORE licensed images, have a soundtrack that's NOT SHIT, and host a bigger/better premiere! With like, golden Llamas and everything.*
I really hope you can support me on this project. My last Kickstarter was such a surprise success that I know I'm pushing my luck to try for two, but this project really means a lot to me and as far as I know, hasn't been done up until now.
The power is in your hands... don't let our little world be forgotten and my random degree go to waste!
* Don't quote me on the Llamas...
Risks and challenges
I think one of our major obstacles will be getting enough people to talk openly and honestly but I feel both me and Carla have enough contacts to make sure that the industry is represented fairly. Whatever your experiences of us are in the past, we are older now and not seeking to attack anyone or exploit. We are very open to talking to people from a range of opinions/backgrounds/experiences, even if they are not the same as our own. Our aim is to simply document, listen, and learn - like any good documentary should!
We are hoping to start filming this Summer and be finished by December/January time. We have set our ultimate deadline for June next year, but I think we will be finished well before that, if all goes to plan.
With regards to a premiere, if we hit our £5000 target it will be a small affair for crew and those that are featured. If we hit our goal early and hit stretch goals, we can open up the premiere to select members of the public via the sale of a limited amount of VIP tickets.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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