We did it
On 10th May 2016 we successfully raised £8,391 with 103 supporters in 28 days

 Metroland is about two brothers, who decide to grant their dead mother her wish to finally ride the roller coaster. 

by [email protected] in Newcastle upon Tyne

When Ben's mum passes away he figures it's not too late for them to take one last trip back to Metroland. After all, she did always want to ride the roller coaster... A film about family ties and the stupid things we do for the people we love.

The film written and directed by Benjamin Bee, and produced by Maria Caruana Galizia. The film is set in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

What's going on?

Our goal is to create an ambitious, high - end short film and this is why we are trying to raise additional funds. Additionally, like all filmmakers, we want to share our work with people, so by contributing to this campaign, you'll be a part of this filmmaking journey and get some great  (and potentially really weird) rewards in return, including a copy of the film. 

So where is the money going?

We have already secured £5,000 from Creative England, through their iShorts 3 fund. The additional money will help us make the film we want and will supplement the production and post-production budget. 


We need to ensure cast and crew are paid, fed, and given suitable accommodation, that is why a percentage of the money raised will be spent on making sure our cast and crew have a great time working on this film!

Roller Coaster:

Of course, there is the small matter of filming on a roller coaster. We already have a fun fair interested in letting us film on their site, but as you can imagine, rigging a camera to a roller coaster and making sure everyone is safe is an entirely different matter. The extra funds we raise can make sure no corners are cut and we get the shots we need.

Finishing the Film:

Post Production is a costly process. It involves hiring an editor, a sound designer and a colorist. With the extra money we raise, we can work with the very best to ensure the final film looks and sounds as good as it possibly can. 


We want as many people as possible to see this film, which is why a portion of the money raised will be spent on entry fees to festivals. Who knows, we might even win an award or two?  We're also planning to host screenings in Newcastle and London with cast, crew and lots of our filmmaker friends, by contributing £20 you can join us for a night of films and fun.

So What's in it for You?

Short films are an integral part of a filmmakers career. All the great filmmakers you know of today started out making short films - just like us. By contributing even the smallest amount, you'll be part of a film that showcases the great filmmaking talent we have in the North East. We will also send you rewards for your contribution and, because we have the backing of Creative England and the BFI, you'll be part of a film that will get regional and national attention. 


Meet the Team: 



Benjamin Bee (writer / director)

Benjamin Bee is a Newcastle based writer and director. His short film “Step Right Up” played at over 35 film festivals, winning 3 awards, was nominated for a further 20 and was long-listed for the BAFTA Best Short Film Award 2014. “A Plastic Toy Dinosaur”, played at over 20 film festivals, won numerous awards and screened on BBC 3. This led Benjamin to be nominated for BBC New Filmmaker of the Year Award in 2006.

 Benjamin has made a number of no-budget, super- short comedy films. Frank, a heart-wrenching story of a man who is betrayed by his animated friend, took him to the BAFTAs in 2008.

 Benjamin graduated from the London Film School in 2015. His short project, “Wheels”, a comedy about family, love and dogging, was one of the three winning projects at NISI MASA European Short Pitch 2014. His graduation project “Sebastian and Them” has already been selected for over 20 festivals. It marks Benjamin’s sixth collaboration with actor/writer Dan Mersh. Benjamin has just directed a comedy project written by Dan and produced by Baby Cow.

Benjamin is currently in production on “Mordechai” funded by The Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film.

For more information or to get in touch visit:  www.benjamin-bee.com

Maria Caruana Galizia (producer)

Maria Caruana Galizia is an entrepreneurial producer based in Newcastle.  She used to work in the editing and camera departments of Scottish Television, Game of Thrones and Sinbad, before setting up her own company Candle & Bell. She has produced videos for Sony Music Entertainment, Festival of Media, Northumbria University and many more. She has also produced a number of short films. Most recently A Six and Two Threes, writtent and directed by Andy Berriman, (winner at London Lift Off Festival, Official Selection London Short Film Festival, Official Selection Kino Manchester Short Film Festival and West Chester Film Festival) and The Lost Girl, written and directed by Laura Degnan (Winner Best Cinematography Canberra Short Film Festival, Official Selection London Short Film Festival, Official Selection Aesthetica Short Film Festival) Candle & Bell is dedicated to making films in the North East that are distinct in story and style. For more information visit: www.CandleandBell.com 


Yiannis Manolopoulos (cinematographer)

Yiannis Manolopoulos is a Cinematographer based in London. A graduate of the London Film School, Yiannis has amassed an enviable list of credits as a camera operator and director of photography. He was Cinematographer on the award winning short films “He Took His Skin Off For Me”, “No Strings” and Benjamin Bee’s films “Sebastian and Them” and “Step Right Up”. He has also worked as an operator on the feature films "Forgotten Man" and "Utopia" (88th Oscars long listed). Yiannis brings a wealth of experience and cinematic craft to the film. To find out more about our talented cinematographer, visit: http://www.yiannismanolopoulos.com


What's next…

With your help we can make a brilliant short film that showcases the best filmmaking talent in the North. pledge your support by picking any of the rewards on this page.

If you aren’t able to contribute but would still like to help the project, please help us spread the word! Share our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MetrolandFilm) Email / tweet / whatsapp this page to all your friends and family. If you have any questions about the film or funding get in touch and we’d be more than happy to talk!




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£6 or more

£6 Reward

THE MIKE LEIGH REWARD. Contribute £6 and you will never have to hear from us again. We promise not to send you any updates, rewards, texts, emails or copies of Weekend at Bernie's.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Thank you! You get a digital download of the film a week before its world premiere and a thank you in the credits!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

ROLL CAMERA! You get a digital download of the film and an opportunity to be an extra in the film (you may have to ride a rollercoaster.) Travel and accommodation expenses are not covered by the production. Oh, and a thank you in the credits!

£20 or more

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£20 Reward

An invite to the NEWCASTLE PREMIER of METROLAND and a few other shorts we hand select with the cast, crew and film industry professionals. Plus a thank you in the credits of the film!

£20 or more

24 of 75 claimed

£20 Reward

An invite to the LONDON PREMIER of METROLAND and a few other shorts we hand select, with the cast, crew and film industry professionals. Plus a thank you in the credits of the film!

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

A THANK YOU credit in the film and on IMDB, a digital download of the film, first look at behind the scenes updates and a photo signed by the cast and crew. Plus a ticket to either the London or Newcastle screening. Unconditional love.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

Unconditional love*. *on the condition you pay £150

£300 or more

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£300 Reward

Filmmakers pack. If you're a filmmaker and you have a short film you're about to put out to festivals this is the reward for you! Our director Benjamin Bee is an expert in all thing festivals, he has given a sold out talk at the Apple store covent garden "How to get your film in to festivals" As well as acting as the festival coordinator for the London Film School. He's also had films in hundreds of festivals and licensed shorts to the BBC and Shorts International. We will encode, author and print 20 blu-rays, 20 DVD's and a DCP of your film that we will upload to an online server (hard drive would be at an extra cost, or you could send your own) As well as an hours Skype call with Benjamin and he will be on email to answer any questions you may have on your festival journey, including festival strategy and any technical questions. This will include tips on how to save money! You will also get two tickets to the London or Newcastle screening.

£50,000 or more

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£50,000 Reward

DAY OUT WITH A DEAD BODY! Weekend at Bernie's fan? Thought you'd never get the chance to hang out with a dead body? Well here you go... the opportunity to hang out with Benjamin Bee's body when he dies - unless he dies under suspicious circumstances, in which case this is null and void. (subject to terms and conditions)

£1 or more

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£1 Reward

I am an awful Scottish man who despises Benjamin Bee... AWFUL....

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I am an awful Scottish man who despises Benjamin Bee....

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