What’s the film about?
MINE is a film that explores the complexities of fatherhood in a gay relationship and how biological relation can affect a parent’s connection with a child. It is a contemporary story told in a honest way which will hopefully bring light to and promote a discussion on the issue.
This film is inspired by conversations with gay friends, most of whom have a desire to be a parent but are daunted by both the process and the idea of being a parent to a child which they might not be biologically related to. The question of who fathers the child can be uncomfortable even in the most secure of relationships, and it’s something which there is no rulebook for. Writing a film about a couple who are struggling with this provides a great opportunity to have an open discussion.
We believe that the film will resonate with a wide audience. We plan to distrubute this as a standalone short film that will be played at film festivals and distributed online. The film will also be used as a platform for further development as a feature film.
What’s the money for?
We will be shooting the film in one location in Bow. The location we’ve found is absolutely perfect for the project and will play a huge part in helping to visually demonstrate the character’s relationship. The required funds will be distributed as follows:
Who will star in the film?
Both of our leads have a wealth of experience in film. They also have fantastic theatre credits which will be integral for our rehearsals. We will be rehearsing with the actors for a few days before the shoot. The rehearsal process will be very collaborative and we will be using it to further develop the script before shooting.
Liam - Joshua McGuire
Joshua is an English television, film and stage actor. He is known for his role in the Channel 4/Netflix comedy series 'Lovesick'. He recently played Oliver in 'Future Conditional' directed by Matthew Warchus for the Old Vic Theatre. He just finished filming the role of Nunney in new BBC drama 'Love Nina'alongside Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham Carter. His feature film credits include 'About Time', 'Cinderella' and 'Mr Turner'.
Ben - John Macmillan
John is an English television, film, stage actor and writer. He is known for his role in the E4's comedy series 'Chewing Gum'. He recently starred opposite Billie Piper in 'Yerma' at the Young Vic. He can now be seen in the second season of 'Ordinary Lies'. His feature film credits include 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Hanna', 'Fury' and 'Maleficent'.
The shoot will be a simple set up with a intimate crew size to support. We have a stellar production team on hand to help us bring this short film to life. Here are a few members of our team:
Writer - Director, Matthew Jacobs-Morgan
Matthew's last film 'Gracie' (starring Angela Wynter, Kate Dickie and Rakie Ayola) was commissioned by B3 Media (in association with Arts Council England and BFI) and was selected for Cannes Film Festival, BFI Future Film Festival and Aruba Film Festival amongst others, as well as being televised on London Live and winning Best Film at Fresh Faced Film Festival. Matthew’s debut feature film is currently in development with Mini Productions.
Watch 'Gracie' here: https://vimeo.com/140907120
Producer, Nichola Wong
Nichola has worked for some of the UK's leading film distributors (E1 Entertainment & Studio Canal) as well as independent producers and a sales agent. In 2012 Nichola set up a small production company called movMie productions, with a mission to produce cinematic, moving and above all thought-provoking short films, with a special emphasis on collaborating with emerging female filmmaking talent to support diversity in film. Her last project 'Skinship' was part of the official selection of Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Underwire Film Festival (winner- Best Sound Design) and Cannes Court Métrage as well as being showcased on Nowness and Hunger TV.
Watch 'Skinship' here: https://vimeo.com/98165256
Director of Photography, Beatriz Sastre
Beatriz is a London based Cinematographer based in London from Spain, where she studied Audiovisual Communication and Film.
She has worked on numerous film projects including feature film 'Little America' and shorts 'Gypsy Woman' and 'Nothing Gold' as well as work for Nowness, and numerous projects for Dazed.
Watch Beatriz's showreel here: https://vimeo.com/137960677
Casting Director, Aisha Walters
Aisha runs her own casting company. Her recent credits include ‘The Impossible’ starring Naomi Watts and Ewen McGregor, 'Youth' starring Michael Kaine and Rachel Weisz, 'Black Mirror', ‘Locke’ and ‘X+Y’. She has been critical in securing a strong ensemble cast for 'Mine'.
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