The Gospel According to St Derek

by andykn in London

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On 22nd January 2014 we successfully raised £1,550 with 48 supporters in 35 days

We urgently need funding to complete vital post-production work for my exciting documentary project entitled The Gospel According to St Derek. It's all about the truly extraordinary British artist/film-maker Derek Jarman (who was canonised as a Saint by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) and his '10 commandments on low-budget, independent film-making'. It features Derek's closest collaborators, such as Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, and Simon Fisher Turner and is a rallying call for all would be independent film-makers. We need to complete by late February 2014 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Derek's death and offers of screenings in London.

by andykn in London

About 400 Blows Productions

We are a small, independent production company, set-up in 2000. We have made a 6-part series on film fans, called Film Fever, for Channel 4, documentaries on the film-makers Alan Clarke, Terence Davies and Bill Douglas for FilmFour and Sky Arts and an 'in concert' documentary featuring the wonderful Scottish indie band, Balboy. Our documentaries have played at numerous film festivals around the world/at cinemas across London and the UK and been nominated for awards in Buenos Aires, London and Turin.

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About Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman was an artist, film-maker, gardener, nurturer of young talent, set-designer and writer. He was born in January 1942 and died in February 1994, losing a 7-year-long battle against AIDS. He was a truly talented artist and an extraordinary man - like of which we have not seen since. His astounding body of films include Sebastiane, Jubilee, The Tempest, Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, The Last of England, War Requiem, The Garden, Edward II, Wittgenstein and Blue.

Derek Jarman

Our Crowdfunder Campaign

For our Crowdfunder project, we need help to complete vital post-production work on my documentary, 'The Gospel According to St. Derek'. This is a 35 - 45 mins documnetar, about Derek Jarman, one of Britain's most exceptional film-makers. The aim is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman's death, in February 2014. As well as acting as a reminder of what an important film-maker Derek Jarman was, the documentary champions the '10 commandments of low-budget filming-making according to St Derek' (of Dungeness of the Order of Celluloid Knights), and as such is a rallying-call for all low-budget film-makers.

We have the filmed interviews. We have clearance for the music, stills and written text I'm using. We have offers of possible screenings in late February 2014 - and we know, from the popularity if Derek Jarman, that there will be many other potential screenings. But, we don't have the funds to do a final edit. We desperately need £1500 to fund the final edit, to complete 'The Gospel According to St Derek' in time for the anniversary of Derek Jarman's death in February 2014. If, with the help of everyone on Crowdfunder, I can raise this amount, the final edit will be taking place at Sue Giovanni's edit suite, in South-East London.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A personal email saying a heartfelt thanks

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A signed DVD copy of the finished Derek Jarman documentary

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A 'Special Thanks' end credit on our Derek Jarman documentary as well as a copy of the final DVD

£50 or more

£50 Reward

An 'Executive Producer' end credit on our Derek Jarman documentary and a copy of the final DVD

£150 or more

£150 Reward

I will lend my producer/director skills to you for a one-off consultation session to help you with your low-budget film/documentary project, or give a one-off talk on low-budget documentary film-making.

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