Mackling - A Short Film

by MACKLING in Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

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On 18th September 2022 we successfully raised £2,513 with 83 supporters in 28 days

Raising funds to support the creation of a regional Cornish film.

by MACKLING in Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

A contemporary Cornish drama. We are looking to raise additional funds for a short film set in a Cornish coastal town.  


Set in a world of reclamation yards, house clearances and rural deprivation, Mackling is a social drama following the strange and off-kilter relationship between two men, Bud and Sully, as they prepare for a local funeral.

Mackling captures a moment in time, observing two social outcasts and a world set apart from normal life. Bud and Sully exist in a very real part of Cornwall. A gritty, hard and lonely environment, existing on the fringes of society and attracting characters who have nowhere else to go. The film’s subtle and observational approach explores unconventional communities, changing landscapes, and the magical and bizarre world hidden conspicuously beneath Cornwall’s surface.


The Crew 

Jonny Dry - Director 

Jonny is immensely passionate about regional voice in film and stimulating social change through cinema. He is currently in pre-production for his up-coming short film ‘Open Country’ which has been funded through the Exeter Phoenix’s South West Short Film Commission 2022. His debut feature ‘The Art of Mackling’, written by Callum Mitchell, is in early stage development with Denzil Monk’s production company Bosena. His previous projects include ‘Tom’s Dream’, which recently toured Cornwall through Hall for Cornwall’s ‘Behind the Postcard’ programme; experimental documentary ‘Small Groups Through Time’; and ‘An Tarow’, commissioned through the Screen Cornwall 2019 FylmK Fund and widely recognised at the BAFTA Cymru qualifying Carmarthen Bay, as well as Cornwall, Little Wing and Two Short Nights, including a win for Best Director. Alongside all this work he is working to advocate for improved access to the industry, developing work experience programmes and facilitating education courses that are creating pathways into the Cornish film industry.

As an assistant director in Cornwall his recent credits include BAFTA winning director Mark Jenkin’s up-coming ‘Enys Men’; Jamie Adams’ improvised feature ‘She Is Love’; various funded shorts with BFI NETWORK, Directors UK, and the Challenge Alexa Film Fund; and the Minack and Ha-Hum-Ah’s theatre production of Carl Grose’s dark comedy ‘Superstition Mountain’. 

Ella Turner - Producer 

Ella has worked as a freelance producer and production manager since graduating from an MA in Film & TV in 2017, and now works for Penzance based ecosophical film production company Bosena as a Marketing Producer. At Bosena, Ella is being taught all about producing by founder and producer, Denzil Monk. Ella has experience with short and feature films, in both drama and documentary.

Ella produced An Tarow, which is a multi award-winning and nominated short, as well as being selected for 2020’s BBC Arts New Creatives scheme, where she was commissioned to make Guns In My House, a documentary audio piece. She recently produced Mab Hudel, a short film directed by Edward Rowe and commissioned by Cornwall Council, Screen Cornwall and the Sound Image Cinema Lab. Last year Ella coordinated the filming of Behind the Postcard, a short film commissioned by the government for the G7 summit. This involved organising over 60 shoots in just 8 days. She recently received funding from Falmouth University Grad Shorts Fund for her experimental documentary A Portrait of Cornwall in the Morning. Ella has worked on feature films as production manager and production coordinator, including coordinating Enys Men, Mark Jenkin's next feature film financed by Film4. She is currently working as Associate Producer on a BBC and BFI funder feature film, shooting in Cornwall. 

Callum Mitchell - Writer

Callum is a writer from West Cornwall. Over the past decade he has created work for the likes of the National Trust, openDemocracy, Hall For Cornwall, o-Region, and more. This includes writing extensively for the stage, directing films and creating landscape art installations. He is a recipient of the Nick Darke Talent Award, an Associate Artist at Hall For Cornwall and a member of the BBC Writersroom Cornish Voices programme. His first work for radio, Solomon Browne, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (2021) to widespread acclaim and selected as Drama of the Week.

Callum frequently collaborates with filmmaker Mark Jenkin and was Assistant Director on Bronco’s House (2016), Bait (2019) and the forthcoming Enys Men (2022). He is represented by Louise Bedford at Lou Coulson Associates.


What we'd use the money for: 



Location fees 

Travel fees 

Accommodation fees 

Art department props 


Kit hire 

Festival entries 



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

£25 or more

Two signed film photographs

You'll be posted 2 film photographs taken during the filming of Mackling, signed by the Writer and Director on the back

£10 or more

Thanks in the credits

As a thank you for your support, your name will appear in the credits at the end of the film

£50 or more

10 of 25 claimed

Be a star

Be an extra in the film - be a star. We will liaise with you the dates and times that we need to have extras in scenes. All will be around Penzance. You'll get as many cups of tea as you want as well. Fuel and transport will not be provided unfortunately. You'll be credited too.

£100 or more

Cast + Crew Screening at Verdant

Attend the cast & crew screening at Verdant Taproom in Penryn – including a complimentary Verdant beer & pizza. Yummmmy

£250 or more

Private Screening

For £250, we will arrange with you a private screening of the film with the director, writer and producer, and a dinner cooked by Jonny himself! You'll also get the above rewards too. We will sort this with you separately and for now will keep it to Cornwall locations, however if you're keen for elsewhere - just ask :)

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

The full works

All of the above, plus crediting as a major donor and funder of the film; spend a day on set, sit in on the editing process and come along to the film premiere including a plus one.

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