by Joern Utkilen in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire Council, United Kingdom

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On 21st April 2023 we successfully raised £2,526 with 28 supporters in 32 days

A film. An art project. A humorous look at suburban crime, fear and social media: two friendly criminals helping themselves, helping you.

by Joern Utkilen in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire Council, United Kingdom



We are raising funds in order to complete a couple of days or filming. All the funds raised will go towards production costs and Creative Scotland will match your pledges until we reach our target!

And through creating and filming we will seek to find further funding. By supporting the project you help a dedicated group of people who want to make a difference through their art.



Crime? What's not to like?

A film. An art project. A humorous investigation into suburban crime, fear and social media. Two friendly criminals helping them, helping you, helping nature restore equilibrium by dispersing the spread of earthly possessions. Is crime just a law of nature? A natural thing? Something we need to accept? Something that simply helps the world go round?

The idea for the project is inspired by life in one of Glasgow's leafy outskirts: the close juxtaposition of areas with affluence and poverty: the have nots drifting across boundaries to relieve the haves from some of their earthly possessions: two young, local and friendly criminals, just doing what they have to do.

This is a project that experiments and plays with structure. A project that investigates new ways of constructing the feature film as well as alternative routes for distribution. A project that plays, experiments and work with constraints and limitations, because we believe limitations force creativity. A project that combines documentary and fiction. If we want to. A project to be screened on a big screen. Perhaps as an event? Running in a loop where the audience can join the screening at any point. Perhaps not? This is a project where the process is at the centre. We trust that through the process of making we will get to the end result. We start with a theme, an idea and a group of actors. That's it.

This is an approach to film-making that we have successfully tried before: Wind Over Lake won the Audience award in Clermont-Ferrand and was screened ARTE.


A report by Farida Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur for cultural rights, highlights that artists experience a "market censorship", which particularly occurs when cultural industries are market-oriented, public funding is under pressure and there is a lack of alternative distribution.

Funding a film that focuses on process instead of an imagined end product - and does not have a clear path for distribution - because we do not know what the project will be yet - is a challenging prospect within a risk adverse, market oriented public funding system.


Sandy McMullan


Sandy grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland on a council estate where opportunities were few and far between. After working as a car mechanic for several years, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming an actor by attended SERC in Bangor studying performing Arts. He went on to win the Northern Ireland Performing arts competition in the devising category for three consecutive years. Sandy was then offered a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he received a BA in acting. During his time there he played a wide range of roles in the likes of Shakespeare, drama and Comedy roles.

Bailey Newsome


Bailey is a 24 year old actor from Glasgow. He graduated from the Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland in 2019. Since then he has worked with Dundee Rep, The Citizens theatre and BBC Scotland. Theatre Credits: Middletown, Philistines, Julius Caesar, Strucken moon, Wilf and The Whale, The Breathing House and San Diego (All RCS) Humbug! (RCS/Citizens Theatre) Tay Bridge, A-Z of Dundee, Oor Wullie: The Musical, A potted Christmas Carol and A wee swatch of Oor Wullie (All Dundee Rep) 1902 (Saltire Sky) Write-Off (Play, Pint and a Pint) Film and TV credits: The Field of Blood (BBC Scotland) The sunny and Scot Squad (The comedy unit) Saved (Creative Scotland)

Bailey is a 5th generation showmen traveller and is descended from performing showmen. He Co-Launched the Showmen's Theatre Company last year.

Amalie Krogh


"Amalie Krogh is a Glasgow-based actor from Norway. She trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and RADA in London, where she played such parts as Viola in Twelfth Night, Tinker Bell in Peter Pan, and Mary Swanson in Middletown. After graduating she made her professional debut as Ellida in Lady from the Sea at Kilden Teater, and has since then worked on stage and screen, in both the UK and Scandinavia. She recently played Sonja in the Norwegian classic The Journey to the Christmas Star at Folketeateret. For her performance in San Diego at RCS she was awarded the Hyacinth Havergal Prize.

Craig-James Moncur


Craig-James Moncur has a professional Acting career spanning over 20 years. Raised in the working class suburbs of Edinburgh, Drama was not a vocation many of his friends considered possible. Drawing on real life inspiration from his upbringing and the rogues that often surrounded him in his neighbourhood, Craig-James became a character Actor and landed his breakthrough role in Acclaimed Scottish Drama "Looking After JoJo". After blagging his first Agent off the back of this role, Craig-James early career saw him featured in notable TV Series such as "Jeopardy" (BAFTA winning CBBC Drama), "Inspector Rebus" and "Monarch of the Glen" .

George Paterson


George Paterson is a writer, musician and broadcaster who, as a member of the bands White and DMP, released a number of well received albums on the Poco Alto Label. His work can be found in a number of independent feature length and short films as well as providing the musical backdrop to the London stage production of the play, "ISM". Since returning to Scotland in 2017, his focus has been split between the spoken word, his popular weekly "Lost in Music" radio show and the written. His debut novel, 'The Girl, The Crow, The Writer and The Fighter' was published in 2021 by Into Books and was shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Best Debut award.

Ross Burns


Ross is a Programme Manager, managing environmental activities that aim to reduce Scotland's contribution to the climate emergency. The President of Glasgow Toastmasters and a keen Improvisor, Ross enjoys getting in front of groups of people to see how far he can stretch their spans of attention. Ross finds it hard to hold down a hobby, but he's OK with that.

Gianmarco Spagnoletti


Marco is half Scottish, half Italian from Glasgow, an actor in training who has done both theatre and screen work. He also have experience doing improv comedy as well as public speaking through Toastmasters.�

Hilde McKenna


Hilde is an actor and musician based in Glasgow. She trained at Glasgow University and has a postgraduate diploma in physical theatre from Physical Theatre Scotland. She works regularly with Glasgow based companies Loop Theatre, Licketyspit Theatre and Mischief La Bas, and in Ireland with Anna Newell’s Theatre Adventures. She has toured Scotland with “Smokies”, Solar Bear Theatre and “Couldn’t Care Less” , Plutot La Vie. She also works as a therapeutic clown with Hearts & Minds in Scotland and Klokkeklovnene in Norway.


Joern Utkilen - writer/director/producer

Originally from Norway, but based in Scotland, Joern is an award winning filmmaker who graduated from both the Edinburgh College of Art and Screen Academy Scotland. He has written, directed and produced a range of films that have been presented at numerous international film festivals and broadcast on several television channels including ARTE and Canal +.

Joern gained a BAFTA nomination for his controversial film Little Red Hoodie. His black comedy Asylum, funded by Film 4, was in 2011 nominated for an Amanda. In 2000 he won a BAFTA producing the short film Who's My Favourite Girl?

In 2018 Joern completed Lake Over Fire, an experimental feature length film funded by the Norwegian Film Institute, showing in competition at the Munich international film festival. Joern was also part of Scottish Voices 2020, organised by BBC writers room and is currently developing a TV comedy series with Channel X Hopscotch. He has recently received funding from Viken Film Centre (Norway) to develop a new film project and will be shooting a short film funded by the Norwegian Film Institute this winter called Sexy Love.

Julian Schwanitz - director of photography

Julian Schwanitz is a cinematographer �with over 15 years of experience in shooting feature length documentaries, short drama, commercials and branded content. Numerous films he shot have played and won awards at film festivals worldwide, aired on international television or opened the MoMA Documentary Fortnight in NY.

Notably his cinematography for the short drama Disco was awarded a Bafta New Talent Award in 2011 and a year later his own documentary of the Scottish dart champion Jocky Wilson, the multi award winning Kirkcaldy Man earned him his second Bafta New Talent Award, this time as a director. The film also received the Golden Dove for Best International Short at DokLeipzig, a Grierson Award nomination and played dozens of film festivals worldwide. � � � � � � � � ��

In 2013 Julian's camera work on Chico Pereira's debut feature length documentary Pablo's Winter, was recognized by the International Documantary Association with the IDA Award for outstanding Cinematography in a feature documentary and won the award for Best Cinematography in a feature Documentary at Guanajuato IFF in Mexico.

Julian's next collaboration with Pereira, the feature length documentary Donkeyote was awarded Best Cinematography in a feature documentary at the renouned RiverRun Film Festival n 2017. The film won numerous further awards in the international festival circuit that year, most notably the award for Best Documentary at Edinburgh Intl Film Festival, the Jury Award at Mexico's DocsMX and the Audience Award at the Malaga Film Festival amongst others.

BAFTA Scotland nominated Donkeyote for Best Feature Film alongside Trainspotting 2. Julian's most recent credits include Cassius X : Becoming Ali, The Ice Cream Wars and Killing Escobar.

Joern and Julian's collaboration goes all the way back to university days and they are keen to venture on more cinematic paths unknown!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

A small personlised poster

A small personalised poster, like A4 or something, signed by the producer's daughter if she agrees to it. Alternatively you can choose to have the poster signed by either the producer, the director or the writer.

£10 or more

£10 A really, really small personalised poster

A really, really small personalised poster, signed by the producer's daughter if she agrees to it. Alternatively you can choose to have the poster signed by either the producer, the director or the writer.

£100 or more

£100 poster, but get ripped off instead

Enjoy the experience of getting totally ripped off by buying what you think is a poster, but instead you get absolutely nothing.

£250 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Invitation to test screening

In addition to a personalised signed poster, like I don't know, maybe A3, signed by the producer's daughter if she agrees to it, you will be invited to a test screening/exhibition of the project. Transport to Glasgow will be at your own expense though.

£500 or more

0 of 50 claimed

£500 enjoy the feeling of stealing

Enjoy the feeling of stealing in a safe environment. Sneak into our garden and help yourself to a piece of the rubble left behind after some recent building work. Disclaimer: This reward has not yet been cleared with the rest of the family so, could potentially be a bigger rip off than the £100 poster. Pledge at your own risk.

£1,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Appearance in the project with dialogue.

In addition to a personalised signed poster and an invitation to a test screening, a scene with dialogue will be created for you that will appear in the completed project. Transport to Glasgow will be at your own expense though.

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