Set in the modern world; we follow a young and mislead barge owner named Oliver (Oli). Always carrying the weight of his brother Ben and cast in his shadow, Oli is rudely reminded that his designated time on the canal is up and it is time he finds a new spot to park his boat. Reluctantly, Oli will have to find some trusting recruits in an almost impossible task. A group of eccentric bohemians take on this task and are eager to help him.
Join us on a literal and metaphorical journey into the lives of Oli and his new acquaintances. As they travel down the river, the group relates tales of joy, pain, and traumas from their past. With each tale, Oli's suffocating past unravels and the ripples of truth revealed. We slowly begin to understand his abandonment issues at the hands of a previous group of friends living on the barge. These fragmented flashbacks piece together the tensions and pressures that this previous group of friends succumbed to.
"The characters in my films try to live honestly and make the most of the lives they’ve been given. I believe you must live honestly and develop your abilities to the full. People who do this are the real heroes."
– Akira Kurosawa
'Leaning on Water' is a short film, produced by National Youth Film Academy, that connects young creatives from all over the UK. We are working together to produce a piece that speaks to young people and their experiences dealing with mental health issues and finding their place in the world.
The film is an introspective look at the psyche. Oli, plagued by abandonment and grief from his past is forced to face his trauma as he moves down the canal surrounded by a group of eccentric outcasts.
Leaning on water is more than just a coming of age story. The story has continuous references to mental health and toxic masculinity. It’s a British dysfunctional drama that balances uplifting elements with heartbreak, whilst remaining completely raw.
This is a tale of self-discovery, a journey of identity and acceptance.
We developed this project into a passion and something we all believe in that simply isn't spoken about enough. What use is the power of making a film without having a purpose and to be able to make a difference, influence an audience and create change? Even if we can produce a small ripple in a huge society shift of taboo then it will be worth it!
We pledge to give 10% of our overall donations received, targeted at £6000, so, if succeeded (fingers crossed!), we will be donating £600 to a cause close to our hearts that we have all either struggled with or been influenced by - certainly currently with the Covid-19 crisis and Black Lives Matter circumstances.
We are SPEAKING UP, SPEAKING OUT, AND SPEAKING LOUD on mental health! We are donating the funds to a mental health charity in order to support the ongoing community support, therapy and development in the lives of young people.
Our team are aged 17-26, we understand how tricky mental health can be in a world full of uncertainty, so we want to support other young people who are going through worse times, need a friend and a helping hand.
50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
OUR TOP CHARITY CHOICES:
We are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you are facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” -Glenn Close
So as it turns out, making a film is not cheap so we are asking for your help, if you like our concept and would like to donate (however big or small) it would be highly appreciated! This is what you would be helping us with when you donate:
(10% of overall raised funds will go to one of the chosen charities above!)
Alternatively if you aren't able to donate then we would love your support in any way, shape or form, whether that's a follow on our socials, likes, comment to engage in our mental health conversation, or sharing our content on your platforms to help us spread the word!
WE ALL HAVE A VOICE, SO LET’S START USING IT!
Thank you so much for all the support, we truly appreciate it and it really does go a long way!