'If You Can Hear Me' is a 20 minute short film that we are shooting on the 29th May 2017 for 6 days. It tells the story of an eleven year old boy's journey back to hope following his discovery of a death by suicide.
Written and to be Directed by Jesse Daniel Lawrence from Bath in Somerset we have been lucky enough to receive the majority of our required financing from Creative England | The British Film Institute and some private investment from our friends at Bowness Theatre Festival.
BUT we need to raise at least £10,000 to ensure we can shoot the film to the highest standards possible.
Jess Lawrence and Paul Tully have been lucky enough to be selected for the Emerging Talent Fund with Creative England and The British Film Institute this year. This means that if we produce a high quality short film we are then eligible to proceed towards putting together our first Feature Film in the near future.
We plan to use the best and the brightest talent in terms of cast and crew (both Production and Post) in the South West of the UK to help us make this film and are delighted to be able to say we have the following key people already attached:
Ellie Scouller - Co-Producer.
Roger Chapman - Director of Photography.
Jonny Crew - Sound Designer.
Martyn Harries - Dubbing Mixer.
Polly Rose - Offline editor.
Tony Osborne - Colourist.
Wounded Buffalo - Sound Post Production, Bristol.
Films@59 - Picture Post Production, Bristol.
Jon Frankel - Music Composer.
Sohrab Crews - Production Artist.
One of the original pieces Sohrab has created for the film, above.
Irene East - Casting Director.
Chris Thompson - 180 Rental, Facilities Hire, Bristol.
With a strong Mental Health message we want this film to stimulate debate around the silence of suicide and how a 'loss of innocence' story might colour that conversation. We have discussed the scripts content with mental health professionals, those living with mental illness and those outside of the conversation to try and strike a balanced view of the topic.
Ken Loach backs 'If You Can Hear Me' . . . .
We are delighted to be able to announce that renowned British Filmmaker Ken Loach has kindly offered his support to our project. He says:
Jesse Lawrence is a talented and original film maker. I'm sure his new project will be insightful and worthy of support. He has a fine cameraman to support him in Roger Chapman. I wish the film lots of luck and look forward to seeing it.
Ken Loach, April 2017.
Ian Sellar - Senior Tutor at The National Film & Television School lends his support to the project.
"This is a very special project - born out of a childhood incident whose ghost has gone on to inhabit what promises to be a very powerful film.
Jess is a unique film maker with the sensibility to bring this project to the screen, his sense of nuance, his awareness of his fellow human beings and his strong visual sense equip him with all the skills he needs.
I very much look forward to seeing the results."
Ian Sellar - Writer/Director & Senior Tutor, The National Film & Television School Fiction Department.