British Family Film made for Coventry 2021

by Anita Ramdharry in Coventry, England, United Kingdom

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Be a part of this family feature film. Get an on-screen dedication to your loved one. 10% of Crowdfunder receipts go to Autism West Midlands

by Anita Ramdharry in Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Robert and the Ghost Army is an original screenplay about an 11-year-old boy with autism who fights alongside an army of ghosts to save the park he loves from developers.

2021?

2021 is set to be a very special year, because Coventry has been chosen as the UK City of Culture. 2021 is also the 100th anniversary of Coventry’s War Memorial Park.
We intend to make this film with as much Coventry talent as possible, both on screen and off, and hold the premiere in the War Memorial Park on July 9th 2021, exactly 100 years after the opening of the park. We aim to work with several minority groups in the city - those who would not usually have exposure to the media industry - giving them a once in a lifetime opportunity to express their creative talent.

Local Talent

We are pleased to confirm that Coventry City’s 2021 City of Culture Committee is supporting our project. We are therefore planning to tap into the huge amount of talent and skill in the city in order to produce this film.

Members of our production team are not only from the area, but have worked on some of the best-known films in the industry, including:
Guardians of the Galaxy, Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bend It Like Beckham and many more.

The Plot

The year is 2011 and eleven-year-old Robert Salmon’s latest obsession is cataloguing the remembrance plaques in the War Memorial Park. His dad, Andrew Salmon, was seriously wounded while trying to defuse an IED in Afghanistan, and is in hospital in Coventry.  Although very bright, Robert has autism and has several other obsessions, including the weather. His punky sister, Faye (15), loves his unique personality and she’s one of a kind too.


At the Remembrance Day service in the park on 11th November 2011, Robert meets the ghost of Delphine Tanner (11),  a girl evacuated from London during the Second World War to stay with her aunt in Coventry. Delphine, with Robert's help, leads a rag-tag platoon of ghost soldiers in a desperate mission to protect the Memorial Park from local businessman and developer, Guy Potter-Wood. 

Why this story?

Thoughts from the writer Robert Wilkinson:

This is a coming of age story that deals with how differently we all deal with sorrow and grief, but also with the adventures that life can bring if our minds are open to them.I love writing stories, and I have written and performed countless highly acclaimed theatrical plays over the years. I also have a passion for film and want to develop my screenwriting talent. I hope this will be the first of many screenplays I write.

Why this film? Well my kids have grown up playing in Coventry's War Memorial Park and we supported my father in-law every November as he marched proudly with his fellow veterans in the Remembrance Parade. He said to me once "It's a place to remember those who helped bring peace. It's a park for peace really, not war."

When the park was disrupted a few years ago, it made me wonder what would happen if it was taken away from the people of Coventry. I began to research the background of some of the people remembered with a plaque at each tree and realised what a special and important place it is - their stories, their history and indeed the life of the park itself. As a child I was fascinated by ghost stories and I wondered if there might be some lingering spirits who might act as Guardians to the park.

The lead character, Robert, is very close to my heart. I worked closely with Corley Centre, a secondary special school for students with complex social and communication difficulties. Many students are on the autistic spectrum, and when I wrote the film script I wanted to make the hero in their likeness: Robert is drawn from the influence of some of these children and of my own experiences, having lost my dad at an early age. Robert’s personal battle is to deal with the death of his dad, a soldier, and help to preserve the park in his memory.


Chugg Productions

This exciting and inspirational film will be made by the multi-award-winning Coventry production company, Chugg Productions Ltd.  Chugg Productions have worked along side many of the UK broadcasters and are passionate about delivering live action TV and films made in the Midlands. We will also be partnering with Coventry production company Gabrielle Media Service and Pukaar.


Producer and Comapany Director Mike Roberts said "We hope this family friendly film will leave viewers wanting to know more about the city, it’s history and the amazing people who live in it. We have exciting plans for the film to be seen by a large UK and worldwide audience." The finished film will be entering it into film festivals and markets across the world, with the intent of acquiring UK and worldwide cinematic release.  Chugg Productions will then explore ancillary rights, such as video-on-demand services, e.g. Netflix, Amazon and Sky’s Now TV service.  

Chugg Productions all ready have contacts with worldwide distributors and broadcasters, especially in the Children/Family genre, and are known for their ingenuity and success in marketing family entertainment.

What do we need from you?

There are four stages in this film project:

1) The Development
2) The Production (often referred to as the shoot)
3) Post production
4) Distribution

We are raising money for stage 1 “The Development”. This will give us the chance to finalise the script, plan the shoot, design sets and cast the film.

We are planning to begin filming at the end of the year. We need to raise an initial development budget of £50k. Stages 2, 3 and 4 will be funded though a company sponsorship programme.

Autism West Midlands

Robert, our lead character, is autistic and his idiosyncratic view of the world is central to how the story unfolds on screen. In recognition of this and in support of the great work this local charity does, we will donate 10% of all our Crowdfunder receipts to Autism West Midlands - working to enrich the lives of autistic people and those who care for them throughout the West Midlands.



The Team

Anita Ramdharry - Director

Royal Television Society Award-winning director and producer, Anita Ramdharry, is excited to bring more than two decades of experience to this project.

Anita’s broadcast career began in 1998 working at Fox News in the United States. She then went on to work for ABC News as a presenter and reporter. In 2001, while completing her MA, she co-produced and starred in her first children's programme, Eat the Sky, for NBC in the American Midwest.

Anita returned to the UK in 2004 and worked as a BBC member of staff for more than a decade including a year based in Coventry reporting for BBC Midlands Today. As well as continuing her work as an on-air reporter and presenter for the BBC, Anita also produced and directed many feature length programmes for BBC1, including Walking in the Footsteps of the Dodo and A History of the Battle of Flowers. Anita was producer and director working with Arts Council England on the highly acclaimed Escalator Short Film series, which aired on BBC1.

In 2014 Anita decided to leave the BBC to set up her own production company in Coventry.

Her award-winning company, Chugg Productions Ltd, has had huge success with its first TV venture, series 1 and 2 of the preschool programme Chico Chugg, which is broadcast across the UK on S4C (renamed Nico Nog), and is currently available on the BBC iPlayer, SkyKids and NOW TV.

Marie Rowe – Producer/Casting Director


A native of Coventry, Marie Rowe has an extensive background in all areas of media communication as writer, producer, casting director, publicist, script development and actress. In Toronto she worked in Public Relations before moving to CBC TV as Personal Assistant to Head of Drama and Theatre Director, John Hirsch. She was then appointed Unit Production Manager in TV Variety.
Her first Hollywood job was at The Samuel Goldwyn Company in film distribution and marketing, which led to an assignment as publicist for the American Cinema Awards, produced by the late David Gest. She was hired as assistant to two renowned writers on an HBO TV comedy series, directed by Barry Levinson. This was the beginning of a long association with the writer/director in the areas of script development, casting and producing.


Marie has worked as a Casting Director with Levinson on such award-winning films as Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man. She was Associate Producer on the award-winning film Avalon (starring Joan Plowright) and Jimmy Hollywood (starring Joe Pesci).  In addition to her work with Levinson, Marie has cast a number of independent films and produced and cast several award-winning shorts.

Mike Roberts - Producer / Composer


Mike’s musical career started in 1978 playing keyboards on tour for Edison Lighthouse, Chairmen of the Board, The Crystals, The Chantelles, The Velvelettes and others as his session career took off. The early eighties saw him with The MPs, and travelling all over the world with Coventry popsters “King”, scoring 5 top twenty hits, including the smash “Love and Pride” also co-written by Mike.
The late eighties saw him session playing and touring on keys as well as developing his love of studio engineering. During this time, he was also writing, touring and appearing with Robert Wilkinson and Paul Nolan as The Cheeky Chappies’ long suffering pianist, Percy Verence. In addition, he was MD and composer for TicToc Theatre Company’s touring production of “Trash”.The nineties saw Mike building and running The Depot Studios’ audio department, where alongside organising sessions, he wrote and developed, in partnership with Coventry University, a BTEC Sound Engineering Course. This at a time when there were almost no existing sound engineering qualifications outside of the BBC. During this time, Mike also joined Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

From 2000 to 2008 Mike was head of Contemporary and Popular Music for Warwickshire County Council. Planning, overseeing and helping to deliver instrumental lessons to more than 230 schools. In 2005 Mike was commissioned to write an orchestral and choral piece to open the International Children’s Games in Coventry, and in 2008 he completed his MA in songwriting, releasing his first solo album “Future Wonderful”.
From 2009 to the present, Mike has been working developing the children’s brand “Chico Chugg”. The IP currently consists of 6 story books (4 currently in print) a series of 5 ‘script’ colouring books to accompany the TV series; 2 TV series: 49 episodes in total, currently available on SKYKids, NOW TV, S4C and BBC iPlayer. All episodes are scripted and voiced by Mike and each contains a new song which he has written, performed and produced.


Andrew Cooke - Line Producer / Location Producer


Andrew is known for his work as Studio Unit Manager on, among many others, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Legend of Tarzan, The Golden Compass, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and also as Studio Manager on Prometheus, Wrath of the Titans.


Originally from Birmingham, Andrew has worked as a Location Manager, Production Manager and Line Producer on film & TV productions over the last 20 years...being something of a specialist in the Midlands area...but also working in Europe, Africa and Japan in that time.

He has worked on some of the biggest budget productions in recent times but also on very low budget shows which require good contacts, a firm grasp of the financial day-to-day operation and a resourcefulness which only broad experience can enable.

Having worked on numerous productions which include children in the cast, Andrew understands the important arrangements which must be made to both accommodate their needs during filming, and allow them to feel safe and comfortable within the structure of the crew.

Andrew is known for his work as Studio Unit Manager on, among many others, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Legend of Tarzan, The Golden Compass, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and also as Studio Manager on Prometheus, Wrath of the Titans.

Originally from Birmingham, Andrew has worked as a Location Manager, Production Manager and Line Producer on film & TV productions over the last 20 years...being something of a specialist in the Midlands area...but also working in Europe, Africa and Japan in that time.

He has worked on some of the biggest budget productions in recent times but also on very low budget shows which require good contacts, a firm grasp of the financial day-to-day operation and a resourcefulness which only broad experience can enable.

Having worked on numerous productions which include children in the cast, Andrew understands the important arrangements which must be made to both accommodate their needs during filming, and allow them to feel safe and comfortable within the structure of the crew.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

10% of all receipts to Autism West Midlands

Robert, our central character, is autistic and his idiosyncratic view of the world is vital to how the story develops on screen. In recognition of this, and to help support the wonderful work this charity does 10% of our Crowdfunder generated receipts will be donated to Autism West Midlands - a local charity working to enrich the lives of autistic people living in the West Midlands.

£10 or more

£10 Download The Original Film Soundtrack

You will be sent a download link to the original film score, to be composed and performed by Coventry-born popster Mike Roberts, from the 80s band "King” With 5 top twenty hits under his belt, including the smash “Love and Pride” co-written by Mike this will be an amazing score. You will also receive a thank you on social media. 10% of all funds raised through Crowdfunder will be donated to Autism West Midlands.

£20 or more

£20 Digital Viewing of the Film

Receive a private link to watch the film at home, before it is shown at the festivals. You will also receive a thank you on social media and a link to download the film score. 10% of all funds raised through Crowdfunder will be donated to Autism West Midlands.

£25 or more

£25 Memorial Dedication - Remember a Loved One

£25 Memorial Dedication - Remember a Loved One We will include your loved one's name in the credit sequence of the film under the heading "This Film is Dedicated To The Memory of." We will need the person's full name, their birth and death year, and the area in which they lived. After donation please send this information to info@robertandtheghostarmy.com. 10% of all funds raised through Crowdfunder will be donated to

£50 or more

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£50 Signed Script by Cast and Crew

Receive a copy of the film script actually used on set. It will be signed by the cast and crew. You will also receive a thank you on social media, a link to download the film score and a link to download the completed film. 10% of all funds raised through Crowdfunder will be donated to Autism West Midlands.

£100 or more

£100 Memorial Dedication - Remember a Loved One

We will include your loved one's name and PHOTO in the credit sequence of the film under the heading "This Film is Dedicated To The Memory of." We will need the person's full name, a clear picture, their birth and death year, and the area in which they lived. After donation please send this information to info@robertandtheghostarmy.com. 10% of all funds raised through Crowdfunder will be donated to Autism West Midlands.

£3,000 or more

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£3K Memorial Dedication - featued in the film

The is a rare opportunity to have your loved one's name actually shown in the film itself. We will create a memorial plaque to remember your loved one, this will then feature on a bench during a scene in the film. After the shoot the metal plaque will be given to you by our props department for you to keep forever. After donation contact us at info@robertandtheghostarmy.com. 10% of Crowdfunder receipts will be donated to Autism West Midlands.


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