THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COLLECTIVELY DUMPED 172 TIMES
How many times have you been dumped? (be honest)
After getting dumped for the eleventh time in a row, the main character, Frankie (27 years old), discovers to her dismay that she has a loser in love gene, which predisposes her to chronic failure and rejection for the rest of her life. And Frankie is not alone. It is estimated by scientists that one in five people have the gene for romantic misfortune (the D-type gene).
Frankie is distraught. What’s the point of meeting someone new, if you already know how it’s going to end? With no cure in sight, (apart from lifelong celibacy/taking up a hobby), the future looks bleak. But Frankie refuses to accept her fate. She’s not going to spend the next fifty years stamp collecting ALONE. She decides to embark on a quest to change her romantic future.
WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR
The film has been shot and now we're looking for funds to help complete the project and bring it to the big screen!
Your money will go towards Post-Production:
- Sound Design and Mix
- Visual Effects
The project began its life as a short film called LUNCH DATE, which was funded entirely on Kickstarter (thanks to 87 fantastic people).
The premise: Getting dumped always hurts. Even more so, when your boyfriend sends his 13 year old brother to break the news.
To watch the original one-minute kickstarter video pitch where writer/director, Sasha Collington, dressed up as a schoolboy in the name of art:
‘Lunch Date’ went on to screen at film festivals across the United States, including Aspen Shortsfest (where it won a Special Jury Recognition Award), Palm Springs Shortfest, Woodstock Film Festival, Lunafest, Boulder Film Festival, Rhode Island Film Festival, St Louis Film Festival, Santa Barbara Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival amongst others. It had a limited theatrical release at the famous Chinese Manns Theatre in Los Angeles, and was picked up by television broadcaster, KQED, in California.
And now, three and a half years later, the short film is going to become a FEATURE FILM: 'Love Type D'.
WHO ARE WE? (good question)
Sasha Collington (right) - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Sasha was one of four writers to win the inaugural Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Award in partnership with Big Talk Productions (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Grimsby) and London Comedy Film Festival.. She has an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She won a Skillset Bursary, a Postgraduate Bursary from SW Screen and a John Brabourne Award to attend the MA, during which time she wrote and directed five short films. After graduating, she was selected for the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam where she spent five months developing her feature screenplay, ANOTHER ANNA and was also selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus. Her most recent short film, LUNCH DATE, which was funded entirely on Kickstarter, screened at film festivals across the USA, including Aspen Shortsfest (where it won a Special Jury Recognition Award), Palm Springs Shortfest, Lunafest, Boulder Film Festival and many others.
Maeve Dermody - FRANKIE
Maeve Dermody starred in the 3-part BBC Christmas special, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, in which she played a leading role alongside an amazing cast including Sam Neill, Aidan Turner (POLDARK), Charles Dance (GAME OF THRONES), Miranda Richardson, Douglas Booth (JUPITER ASCENDING, NOAH). Maeve has recently completed filming on an Australian/Italian co-production, THE SPACE BETWEEN. She has starred in numerous TV and film projects, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Australian Film Institute (AFI) and the Film Critics Circle Of Australia (FCCA Awards).
Oliver Farnworth - THOMAS (Frankie's Ex-Boyfriend who sends his 11-year-old brother to dump her.)
Oliver Farnworth's mysterious character, Andy Carver, Les Dennis’s long-lost son, has gripped Coronation Street’s seven million viewers. Oliver appeared as series regular Florian Dupont in MR. SELFRIDGE alongside Jeremy Piven (ENTOURAGE). He has also appeared in numerous theatre productions, including playing Lysander in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for the British Shakespeare Company, Blackmore in D.H Lawrence's THE WIDOWING OF MRS.HOLROYD at the New Vic Theatre, and in the West End: Holding The Man at Trafalgar Studios, and most recently opposite Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) as Tony in BEAUTIFUL THING at the Arts Theatre, London and UK Tour.
Rory Stroud - WILBUR (Thomas's 11-year-old brother)
Rory Stroud started his professional career early, appearing in PETER PAN with David Hasselhoff (BAYWATCH, KNIGHT RIDER) at the Wimbledon Theatre. Soon afterwards he was cast to play Bobby Beale in the BBC’s award winning soap, EASTENDERS, where he notoriously turned his hand to the murder of his sister, as 10 million viewers shockingly discovered in March. Most recently he appeared alongside George MacKay (PRIDE, SUNSHINE ON LEITH) in the Eugene O’Neill comedy, AH, WILDERNESS! at the Young Vic, and was described by the famous theatre critic, Quentin Letts, as “excellent”.
Elin Phillips - DEBRA
Elin is originally from Bridgend in South Wales and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2009. Elin played lead character Rhian in two series of the Tony Jordan drama CRASH. Other TV credits include DOCTORS, S4C dramas ZANZIBAR, GWAITH/ CARTREF and Y SYRCAS along with sitcom IHA SHEELAGH. Her stage credits include the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatr Clwyd, Sherman Cymru and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. She is a highly skilled voice artist and has starred in a number of BBC Radio 4 dramas.
Tim Marriott - MALCOLM (right) and Emeka Sesay - KEVIN (left)
Tim Marriott - MALCOLM (right)
Tim Marriott has appeared in a wide range of touring, repertory and West End theatre but is, perhaps, best known as the thoughtful deputy manager, Gavin, in seven series of the hit 90’s BBC sitcom, THE BRITTAS EMPIRE, which is rumoured to be returning to the BBC next year. Other TV appearances include British Airman, Tigger Thompson, in ALLO ALLO, THE BILL, DOCTORS, LUV, AN ACTOR'S LIFE FOR ME and THE MAIN EVENT. Tim left the stage to become Director of Drama at Eastbourne College in 2000 but was persuaded back into comedy by director Sasha Collington.
Emeka Sesay - KEVIN (left)
Emeka Sesay studied at Southwark College of Performing Arts, and a one year course at Anna Scher Theatre School making his professional acting debut in Faust at the young vic theatre in London 2011. His theatre credits include: Platform People at The Old Vic Theatre, Hamlet at the Young Vic Theatre, The Grandfathers at Soho Theatre, Celebrity Gala at The Old Vic Theatre. His film credits include the role of David in BAFTA nominated short film Good Night, Sam in The Sweeney with Ray Winstone and Jamal in feature film Still with Aiden Gillen.
Asif Khan - DEEPAK and Ruth Bratt - JENNY
Asif Khan (left) - DEEPAK
Asif trained at RADA. His theatre credits include: Handbagged (2015 UK Tour, Tricycle London/Eleanor Lloyd Productions), Love, Bombs & Apples (Arcola Theatre), Multitudes (Tricycle Theatre), Mixed Up North (Out of Joint), Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Queen of the Nile (HullTruck), Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi (Arcola Theatre) & Snookered (Tamasha/Bush Theatre) – Winner of Best New Play (Manchester Theatre Awards). Film & Television includes: Spooks (BBC), The Dumping Ground (BBC), Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC), Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (Sky1) and BAFTA winning Plot to Bring Down Britain's Planes (Channel 4).
Ruth Bratt (right) - JENNY
Ruth is a writer-performer; the second series of her BBC Radio 4 show with Lucy Trodd, 'Trodd en Bratt Say Well Done You', is due for broadcast in November. The first series was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award for best scripted comedy. She is a founder member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which is currently running in the West End at the Apollo Theatre. As well as improvising in Showstopper, she is a regular guest with The Comedy Store Players, 1/3 of Panthercannon and ½ of DnR, and guested on What Does The Title Matter Anyway? at the Edinburgh Festival with Clive Anderson. TV credits include both series of People Just Do Nothing (BBC3), both series of Mongrels (BBC3), Vic Reeves’ The Ministry of Curious Stuff (CBBC), Derek (C4), Midnight Beast (E4), Edge of Heaven (ITV), Quick Cuts (BBC4). Radio includes The Best Laid Plans and both series of Sarah Millican’s Support Group.
Philip Duguid-McQuillan - ANDY
Philip is originally from Bradford and trained at Birmingham School of Acting. Philip's theatre credits include Rudge in the History Boys at Theatre by the Lake. He’s also enjoyed playing the lovably eccentric and painfully shy Luke in the original cast production and transfer of Paines Ploughs’ ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ written by Tom Wells at The Bush Theatre. In great contrast he played Dan White in the verbatim play ‘Execution of Justice’ at Southwark Playhouse, a challenging performance as the man on trial for the assassination of Harvey Milk. Recent screen credits include playing gauche tag-along boyfriend Tim in feature film ‘Making It’ and feature, Eliminate: Archie Cookson.
Alexandra Evans (centre right) - CECILIA (Thomas's new girlfriend)
Alexandra is based in London full time and has been working between London and LA. She recently worked on Hallmarks new film alongside Rupert Penry Jones, Colin Mcfarlane and Amy Masrton. This year she also became the new and first presenter for the RBS 6 nations. Her previous work in film includes: the Martin Amis movie adaptation of London Fields which comes out next year, the Redistributors, the Thompsons and Dragons of Camelot.
Will Firth - JOHN THE INTERN
Will always loved acting and would regularly be involved in his community theatre growing up. His first experience acting in England was when he attended East 15 acting school where he did the one year foundation course, and then subsequently the three year BA acting course. He has appeared in several drama school productions including KING LEAR, ROBIN HOOD and had his first experience of performing on a professional stage in London at the Tristan Bates theatre. It was there he had the pleasure to work with Director, Mike Alfreds, on BLOOD WEDDING by Federico Lorca where he played the Moon. LOVE TYPE D is his first film role.
Julian Sims - DAVID THE HYPNOTIST