We're currently working on a film adaptation of a play about Parkinson's disease. We hope the film will help raise awareness of the disease, and there are plans for its use as an educational tool for charities, universities and hospitals.
We've launched a Kickstarter campaign with DT2 Productions and Dorchester Arts and we'd love it if you can help us spread the word or maybe even donate.
You can watch our pitch video below, and read a little more about the project below that.
At the age of 50, actress and writer Sue Wylie was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's, a degenerative neurological condition which reduces and ultimately ceases the brains ability to produce dopamine, the chemical that helps us control our movement.
Having overcome the initial shock of the diagnosis and experienced first hand the effects of the condition and the drugs currently prescribed to treat it, Sue recognised in her situation an opportunity, to use her experiences, along with those of others she had met, as the basis for a play that would tackle the issues of diagnosis, drug treatment, patient care and the lack of public discourse surrounding Parkinson's.
That play was Kinetics, and with the support of Dorchester Arts and funding from the Arts Council Sue and her collaborators formed DT2 Productions and took Kinetics on a UK tour in 2016.
As part of the production every show was followed by a Q&A with Sue and various health care professionals including leading neurologists in order to stimulate debate round these key issues.
The play garnered great acclaim from audiences but one resounding comment stuck with Sue, that this story needed a much wider audience. And that's where we come in.
Sue contacted us through a recommendation and we have been working on a film adaptation of the play for the last few months. To keep costs down and allow us to focus on the raw impact of the play we will be shooting the film in our studio and approaching it, visually, as more of an art film than a piece of realism, using stark backdrops and high contrast, shadowy lighting to set the scene of a woman isolated by her condition.
This is such an exciting project and holds true to our ethos of filmmaking with great purpose and heart.
In order to make this film all it can be we have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds we need to cover production costs and guarantee professional rates for our crew, who we will ensure are all local to Bristol, as we endeavour to help build a stronger and more sustainable film industry in this great city.
If you would like to contribute to the campaign and share it within your networks just follow this link.