About this project
UPDATE: EVENT SCREENING
Now you're ALL invited.
We will make available a live stream of the film so backers can watch the film simultaneously with those at the screening. Anyone who has backed the project to see the film will have access to this live stream, which will include the film and the Q&A.
We will run a live twitter feed up on the big screen, before and after the film. Everyone in the audience will see you tweets as you send them. So, you will be able to exchange messages with those attending and also send questions for me during the Q&A.
The THIRD CONTACT event screening will be held at one of the most prestigious cinemas in the world, and now everyone’s invited.
Your pledges and support will create this unique global event.
T-SHIRT DESIGNS JUST IN!
We LOVE the t-shirt design. A special limited edition available to kickstarter backers only.
For everyone who pledges £15 or more ~ 105mm x 148mm high quality prints of a frame from the film in a retro cinema press kit style ~ each card will bear your unique limited edition print number and your name ~ signed on the back by director Simon Horrocks.
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Hi, my name is Simon, and I’m the writer/director of Third Contact. I’m on kickstarter to raise £15,000 to support theatrical distribution for the film.
Find out what the money is for in more detail.
The film was shot without financial backing and went on to appear at a prestigious festival in Germany. You can read the story behind the making of the film here.
Third Contact originates from what has been described by one film critic as ‘a goldmine of ideas’, including madness, depression, grief, as well as scientific concepts such as a disturbing ‘thought-experiment’ called Quantum Suicide.
With influences beginning at Sophocles Oedipus the King, this story follows on from Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Marker’s La Jetée - stories about time and fate, about memory and obsession.
Memories of lost love torment David Wright as, for reasons of his own mental health, he struggles to run his private psychotherapy practice in North London. While also dealing with the recent death of a patient, an apparent suicide, David spirals down into the darkest of places.
David’s motivation for life is all but gone. Then, one night, the dead patient’s sister contacts him with a mystery: her brother left behind a list of four specific memories from his life, marked with the date when they occurred.
When David finds another patient has also written a similar list, he is drawn into an obsessive and disturbing investigation.
“It is difficult for me to convey the sheer artistic brilliance and visual beauty that the work possesses.” Kate-Jane Hall, THE LONDON FILM REVIEW
"If it’s true that the flick was made with a camcorder . . . Horrocks has done something truly epic." Will Roby, TOPTENTOPIA.com
“Quite the masterpiece and sensational debut” Thomas Rothschild, FAUST
“A goldmine of ideas.” Ralph Sziegoleit, FRANKENPOST
“A moving experience that not only qualifies as cinema but could also be considered a masterful piece of art with its poetic use of mystery and dialogue.” Christopher George, MOVIE SLEUTH
"The writing is beautiful. The storytelling. The performances. The art direction. At this level in the microbudget realm, I can't think of anything else that comes close." Heidi Haaland, SCREENWRITER.
"A massive achievement and if I can ever produce anything that is even half as good I'll be pretty bloody pleased with myself. BRAVO!!!" Steve French, FILMMAKER.
"...the words of food critic Anton Ego, “There are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defence of the new. The world is often unkind to new talents, new creations. The new needs friends.” Third Contact is new. Simon Horrocks is new. This is me standing up, putting myself out there and defending them both." Thomas Patrick, THAT FILM GUY.
"Through Third Contact, Simon Horrocks has created the kind of film which I can only dream of making in the future and has set the standard for low-budget mess-with-your-mind productions." Pardonmyfrenchie, BLOGGER & FILM EDITOR.
"poetic and... mysterious" Critic Nic, FILM BLOGGER.
"Fans of directors like David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Richard Kelly, Vincenzo Natali and Duncan Jones ought to enjoy Third Contact’s open-ended, philosophical and conspiratorial nature." Ian Cavalier, SPIRAL NOTEPAD.
In 2010, we set out to shoot Third Contact with whatever we had to hand.
After a lot of hard work, improvisation and imagination, we made a film which has gone on to show at a prestigious festival in Germany and receive critical acclaim.
We couldn't have done it without a great cast, so I was lucky enough to have actors and friends appearing in the film and donating their time for free.
Without the amazing acting talents and great dedication of Tim Scott-Walker, Jannica Olin, Oliver Browne, Cristiana Dell’Anna, Virginia Popova, Kristina Erdely, Simeon Willis, John Kay-Steel, Andrew Lawden, Zara Symes and many others; without Sarah Jane Fogg’s wonderful music; without the hard work of Justin Rogers, Scott Liston, Gabriela Talevera and many others, this film would not have been made.
Our dream is to see Third Contact make it to the BIG SCREEN so please join our campaign to raise funds for a THEATRICAL RELEASE of the film.
As part of our campaign, one of our most exciting rewards will be to show the film to you on one of the most prestigious movie theatres in the world - the BFI IMAX in central London, the biggest cinema screen in Britain (see below for further details).
We'll release Third Contact independently in select theaters around London. From there, we’ll be pushing to show the film in independent cinemas across the UK.
We’ve shown Third Contact to independent cinemas in London - they like the film and want to show it. Before they can show it, however, we need funds ready to pay for film promotion.
The theatrical release and resulting media coverage of the film will become a huge asset as we then move on to distributing via DVD, Blu-Ray and video streaming services to an international audience.
I’ve done all the promotional design work myself, which means even more of your money will go where it’s needed. Apart from securing a professional film PR company’s services, costs will include hiring a cinema booker, paying for posters and flyers to be printed and other “deliverables” such as Digital Cinema Packages and Blu-ray masters.
I believe in cinema, which means watching films on a big screen. That‘s what inspired me to want to make my own films. I would love to bring Third Contact to cinemas around the world and your backing will help me to keep pushing towards that goal.
I want the exclusive event screening of Third Contact to be a special experience for those making the £50 donation. That's why I've provisionally booked the BFI IMAX cinema screen in central London.
This is one of the most prestigious cinemas in the world, where many of the biggest stars in the business attend premieres of their films. But why should big budget productions have all the fun?
Should you choose to pledge £50, I will be eternally grateful. Should 250 or more of you decide to pledge £50, the event screening will take place at the BFI IMAX. If not we will find another (slightly smaller) prestigious venue in London.
If you pledge £50, as an added thank you, I will add your name to the opening credits for this special event screening. If enough people make this pledge, your name will be up on the biggest cinema screen in Britain. Feel free to take a picture!
Risks and challenges
There are no guarantees in the film industry. Even films with huge PR budgets can struggle to find an audience. £15,000 is a pretty small compared to the average PR budget.
However, we have taken advice from others who have been successful in this field. Our strategy will be to open the film in a limited number of cinemas in London. The money raised on kickstarter will pay for local promotion - basically letting as many people know about the film as we can with posters, press and media exposure. If this goes well, it will open up the opportunity to show the film in other parts of the country, as well as other parts of the world.
After theatrical distribution, I intend to release the film on DVD and VOD platforms, nationally and internationally.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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