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.
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.
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.