The frightening state of the UK’s elderly care system is becoming an increasingly worrying issue. Cuts to the councils funding has left ‘an estimated 1.2 million over-65s going without help for care -nearly one in eight of all older people’. The recent uproar surrounding Chancellor, Philip Hammond’s, failure to ‘earmark any of the additional £23 billion for infrastructure on social care at his first Autumn Statement in the Commons’ has convinced the public that the council’s strain to provide support to the elderly will continue.
‘Nearly half of social care services visited by inspectors in the past year were found to be failing’.‘In the past five years, local authority spending on care for older and disabled people has fallen by11% in real terms’. ‘In 2010 there were 370,000 older people in private sector nursing and residential homes and only 22,000 in homes run by local authorities, compared to the situation 20 years ago when there were 240,000 older people in private sector homes and 114,000 in local authority homes’. ‘The BBC identified 11 councils that rejected more than 75% of applications’.
The UK is not the country to get old in anymore.
Care Free is a dark comedy but despite it’s fictionality, it aims to discuss the real life issues of care in the private sector, using a daring levity in the realms of the horror genre. The film offers an extreme and darkly comedic suggestion of what may happen when the elderly’s patience with the incompetent care system eventually runs thin.
‘Kiera, a new recruit to a care agency with a floundering reputation, is sent to look after an old couple called the Connelly’s. The seemingly straightforward assignment takes a grisly turn into a living nightmare.’
What the money will be spent on?
The money you pledge will be spent in key area's of the film, including:
- Location Hire
- Cast wages
- Cast Accommodation
- Van Hire
This small list is simply scratching the surface of areas where money will be needed to be spent to make this exciting project come to life.
Alex Williamson - Producer Established Producer and photographer, Alex Williamson, has worked on several films in production roles, including the period drama short ‘Man in the Mist’ and the vfx collaboration ‘Moonlight Sonata’. Most of all Alex is looking forward to working in the horror genre and the challenges and differences that come with it. He is a practicing buddhist and can often be found meditating in the production office.
Ben Steel - Director
Experienced Director and Writer Ben Steel has driven several several films towards a polished outcome, some of which have been featured at film festivals such as London Short Film Festival, Student Filmmaker Awards in Utah, Reality Bytes Film Festival in Illinois, and NOFi festival in Los Angeles. His heart lies deep in the grit and grime of the UK's contemporary issues. After suffering a cross between an epiphany and a severe mid-youth crisis, Ben hibernated in a cave for months with the sole aim of creating the perfect comedy for all the family, apart from the kids, in relation to the grit and grime of the UK's contemporary issues.
Kat Harvey - Director of Photography
Cinematographer Katharine Harvey, has worked in the camera department on several short films including the multi award nominated film ‘Bleach’. With a passion for motivated framing, and an eye for detail, her visual storytelling style is perfect for foreshadowing the twists and turns in Carefree. She looks forward to putting together a close knit team to deliver the best quality images from a smooth running production. Part time Vegan, also eats fish and good steak.
Semeli Vogazianou - Editor
Semeli Vogazianou has edited several projects in film school and is looking forward to editing a film of the horror genre. She also enjoys classic movies from the 70s such as The Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Alien and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Lania Karim - Production Desginer
Lania Karim Production Designer, has over three years of experience including photo and film shoot sets, focusing on dressing to create mood and support the story setting. She worked on the London Film Festival award nominated film ‘Longfield Drive’ and her design work has also been seen in notable musician Jacob Bank’s music video ‘Grace’. She enjoys long walks on the beach and her favourite colour is khaki green.
Mark Harris - Sound Mixer
Bournemouth Film School sound slut, Mark ‘God of Sound’ Harris, avoids working on unpaid films, but by some luck of Alex’s Buddhist powers has agreed to work on Care Free. With a vibrant background in all things aural spanning nearly 15 years covering music, live events, theatre, and most recently film, Mark is no stranger to a microphone. He loves cleaning his boom poles.