Wild Flower is a personal film trying to give a balanced portrayal of mental illness. Showing that people and love can be complicated and that children can show incredible strength when responsibilty roles are reversed.
Eli (8) is ambivalent towards his mother Iris (Kate Dickie - Red Road, Game of Thrones), who is dragging him and his little brother Flynn (4) to the solace of her childhood home. Both Eli and Flynn witness their mother's struggle with mental illness leaving Eli with no option but to take on the parental role. Set against the beautiful but isolating backdrop of a rural Scottish isle, this story is a personal journey of a child having to grow up too quickly; a story of survival and the resilience of children in the face of adversity.
Watch our full mood video here to get a sense of the pace and visual style we are trying to create with this project.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Wild Flower is currently in the final stages of pre-production. Our main actress has been cast, locations have been sourced and we have all the crew we need to make the film. During this campaign we will be finalising casting for our other key roles, sourcing props and securing camera equipment. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with our progress in our run up to filming. The shooting dates are set for late June, with post production taking place the following months and the final film complete to premiere, send to festivals and show to everyone by September 2015.The crew and cast are excited and raring to go but this is where we need your help.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are looking for funding in order to shoot the best film we can. All the money will go directly into the film, enabling us to hire the best equipment to achieve our desired effect, pay our lovely actors and not have to swim to Scotland.
Anything you can spare to pledge will help us a great deal in enabling us realise this project. If you're unable to spare any cash you can still help us by sharing our page on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word - every little helps! WE CAN DO THIS! Thank you.
It's amazing to have some backing for the film from Creative England and we are so grateful for their very generous contribution in helping us turn this project into something special. However, these things can only stretch so far. The extra money we are trying to raise will go on equipment, catering, art department and costume.
Location, production design and costume
The film is all about the relationship between family and nature so the location is extremely important. We have managed to secure the perfect location off the coast of Scotland. Although we're so excited to be shooting in such a magical place this this will take a big chunk of the budget so we need your pledges to help towards set dressing, props and costume to immerse our audience even deeper into the beautiful world we hope to create. The perfect location isn't perfect if we aren't able to invest in the creative departments to immerse our audience even deeper into the world of the film. More details of our secured location can be found below.
We would like to shoot the film on RED as it would give us the asthetic quality we want for the film and it would really make the most of the beautiful and rugged landscape. We also need to hire lenses and purchase extra bits of vital equipment to support our footage (hard drives etc.) none of these things come cheap
Cast and crew
On shoot days, we will need a crew of about 14 people and a cast of about three. They are all passionate about the script I want to make sure working on the film doesn’t put them out of pocket. Your pledges will go towards covering their travel, filling their bellies with good food and, as we are shooting entirely on location in Scotland, making sure they have a place to rest their heads at the end of a long day of shooting. You can find out more about the cast and crew involved in this project below.
Kate Dickie (Red Road, Game of Thrones) as IRIS
Kate Dickie (born 1971) is a Scottish actress who has appeared in television series, stage plays and films. She is known for her portrayal as the security camera operative Jackie in her starring debut Red Road, directed by Andrea Arnold, and for which she was given several awards as best actress, among other things at the BAFTA Scotland Awards and the British Independent Film Awards in 2006. Dickie also supports the theatre company Solar Bear, which is known for its collaborations with deaf people, in her role as the patron. Dickie is perhaps best known for her role as Lysa Arryn on the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Lewis Johnson as ELI
Lewis Johnson started off his acting career with Lauren Warwick of Warwick Management 3 years ago in a back street workshop, his first time on stage was him skipping to Mary poppins , he then moved on to the Production Broken Youth which was a raw and gritty production that was a huge sell out in Manchester. Lewis then went on to Bag his first Feature film where he played a main role alongside Sascha Baron Cohen , Isla Fisher , Rebel Wilson and Penelope Cruise . The film hits the screens in Feb 2016, Lewis has since filmed Commercials for ITV and CITV and he scooped the award for best child actor in the North west at the Monologue slam where he was offered a Feature Film. Lewis is just a local boy from Manchester who is very humble and has a huge hunger for the industry at such a young age he is already displaying star quality .
Elijah Wolf (Flynn)Six year old Elijah, from Manchester, will be making his film debut as Iris’ youngest son Flynn. Elijah, who’s been taking drama classes at Rokit, for the last six months, is really excited about hisRole in Wild Flower. We were bowled over by Elijah’s imagination and cheekiness at the auditions and look forward to seeing his screen debut!Besides acting, Elijah enjoys playing with his Lego Star Wars toys, go kart racing and building dens in the garden. When he grows up, Elijah would like to be a time travelling treasure hunter!……
Claire Molloy - Writer Director
Claire is a Writer and Director based in Manchester. Claire has been working as an Art Director in the industry for five years across TV dramas, films, commercials and music promos. After graduating from the Manchester School of Art she was shortlisted for virgin media shorts 2011 and Reed film 2012. Claire developed a passion for film at an early age and has been pursuing it ever since. Her very visual style lends itself well to the art departments she has been a part of; creating authentic worlds in which the characters live in. Her long term goals are to write and direct her own feature films.
Jason Wingard - Producer
Jason Wingard is a multi-award-winning producer also based in Manchester. Accolades have included Best Animation, Best Drama and Audience Awards at Exposures Film Festival, the People's Choice Award at Virgin Media Shorts 2010, the Grand Prize Virgin Media Shorts 2011, Best Documentary at First Light Movies 2012, Runner Up Best Sitcom Pilot COFILMIC 2012, and COFILMIC Best Sitcom 2014, along with three films shortlisted for the REED Film Competition 2012/14. Going To Mecca, his BFI-funded short film, played at Palm Springs, LSFF and LA Comedy Festival. In 2014, he produced How to Disappear Completely for Creative England's iShorts scheme which won the Youth Award at Aesthetica. Currently Jason is working on a radio comedy series with David Isaac and Jack Carroll for BBC Radio 4.
Daniel McPake - DOP
I'm a freelance DoP based in the North West, working in the camera department primarily on short film, commercials, TV, and music videos. After lecturing in film at Manchester Metropolitan University for a year after graduating, I worked my way steadily into the freelance industry in Manchester, finding my home in the camera department progressing to my current level. I have been attached to this project since the initial writing stage and I'm eager to finally get production underway. This film has been something the entire crew have been writing, researching and developing waiting for the perfect opportunity to shoot, and I'm pretty confident this is it! Wild Flower will be worth the wait, watch this space.
Lauren Reyhani - Costume Designer
With a background in Fine Art, Lauren has worked with clothes forever. Having cut her teeth in London in the early noughties working with in the Fashion industry, she went on to work as a stylist for a number of years working with independent labels, magazines and boutiques. Working in Costume was a natural step, and Lauren has happily been carving a niche with her original and current take on costume design for some time. Having been very privileged to work alongside a great number of influential practitioners, Lauren has a vast skill set and deep knowledge of history, sub cultures and youth movements. A really proud career high was working as the Costume Supervisor on Northern Soul the film, as well as being involved in several prime-time dramas. With a punk ethos and a can do attitude, Lauren thrives on fully realising a Directors vision whilst creating memorable, believable costumes.
Roxanna Gillani - Make-up Designer
Roxanna started painting and drawing from an early age drawing inspiration from Fantasy art books. She always wanted to have a career in painting or drawing but had no idea it would lead to painting faces! Throughout studying various courses in Art and Design, Fashion Design and Beauty specialism. Roxanna worked in a hair salon in Manchester's Afflecks Palace, the hub of alternative fashion in the early 2000's.Its here where she developed her skill in creative hair, monofibre synthetic extensions and dreadlocks. This led her to a HND Design Media Make up course, which honed her skills today Creating characters in children's television, comedy, music and film alongside commercial advertising and Fashion.
bespoke drawing of Roxy by @thecuriousrhino
Karin Lindsay - Editor
Karin Lindsay was born in South Africa. She studied Editing, Script Writing and Directing at the top film school in the country. After winning best 'New Comer Editor' in a competition judged by Spike Lee, she was offered a job as Junior Editor at Visual Assault, one of South Africa's leading Post Production houses. She went on to work on many award winning Commercials, Music Videos, Documentaries, Drama Series and Short Films She has built up her career over the past 15 years and has worked around the globe, including Singapore and New York. She moved to Manchester in 2011 and has been working with top directors at Chief TV. Her passion, attention to detail and creativity are a formula for many successful future projects.
Mark Kershaw - Sound Designer
Mark, sound warrior, audio geek, food eater. Likes to listen. Loves to talk. Recording and manipulating sounds means sunlight isn't sometimes seen for months on end. Mark earned his Advanced Diploma for Sound Engineering and Post Production Audio at Futureworks and has been doing sound design work on film for almost six years. He's worked on a number of award winning shorts - most recently two films for Northern Giant, Insomnia and Snatchers, which were received with great feedback on the festival circuits.
Naomi Garrett - Line Producer
Hi I'm Naomi and I am very excited to be line producing on Wild Flower. I've been working in production for the last four years making many a music video, TV commercial or film. I think Wild Flower will be a really beautiful and moving piece of work and ever since I first read the script I've been looking forward to getting up to Scotland and helping to bring it to the screen!
Christopher Caddy - 1st AD
Christopher is an award-winning assistant director, writer and illustrator and lives in Manchester because it is better than London.Christopher has been working in the media industry for 5 years, working on commercials, television and too many music promos with some of the most famous people in television and sport. More importantly it is where he has been lucky enough to work with and meet the rest of the crew of Wild Flower. His comedy sketch show which he wrote, produced and starred in The Dafty Show aired in 2014 and his comedy sketches have won two Chip Shop Awards, including theChairman's Award in 2013. In 2015 his bespoke stickman art work of his twitter followers under the name Curious Rhino took off and quickly became popular enough to compile a book of his work. 'Getting the opportunity to work on a great project like Wild Flower and to work with such talented cast and crew really is a pleasure. I must have been a very good egg in a previous life. I hope we can do the audience's expectations justice.' Freddie Mercury by @thecuriousrhino Morrissey by @thecuriousrhino
Sex by @thecuriousrhino
Janet Hampson - Casting Director
Janet Hampson is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild (CDG) and is based in the North West. She originally trained and worked as an actor and producer before casting two series of Lunch Monkeys for BBC3. Since then she has cast 3 seasons of award winning Citizen Khan for BBC1, 2 seasons of Geordie comedy Hebburn for BBC 2, The Johnny and Inel Show for CBBC, around 250 episodes of Britain’s best loved soap Coronation Street for ITV & comedies for Sky, Channel 4 and E4. Janet and Jason have collaborated on several projects including award winning shorts Going to Mecca and How to Disappear Completely.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
A huge thank you for showing an interest in this project and believing in us.