Spiral the Movie

by paul-burdon in Manchester

We did it
On 8th June 2015 we successfully raised £6,703 with 72 supporters in 28 days

With the death of the family patriarch, three generations of the same family discover that time waits for no-one...

by paul-burdon in Manchester

"Thank you all so much for your support. You have made it possible for us to make this movie and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts" - Richard Addlesee, Director


Dear Movie Lovers,

Welcome to our Crowdfunder and thank you for taking time to consider our project. We are an independent filmmaking team with a number of zero-budget short films to our name. This is our first funded project and we are looking for contributors to support our efforts and so become part of our team.

Left to right: Writer/Director - Richard Addlesee, Composer - Adam Duncan, Co-writer - Kirsty Grayem, Producer - Paul Burdon


Spiral is an unconventional drama about several generations of the same family, who find themselves in the midst of turmoil after the death of the family patriarch. Father and son must find a way to put their differences aside for the good of the household. However, their methods and actions have a sinister motive with regards to the son’s wife and their new born child.

Our writer/director, Richard Addlesee, has drawn heavily on his own experience of family life. Although ‘Spiral’ is a darker and more serious film than his previous works, it contains many of the same themes and ideas. It has a strong dramatic tone, full of fantastical secrets and hidden motives. 'Spiral' explores the uncanny nature of reality and the possible truths which lie in a world one-step removed from our own.

 “The theme of the film is the reciprocal nature of parenthood and the perpetual question asked by parent and child alike – could I do any better?”  - Richard Addlesee


Director, Richard Addlesee, working on location in Edinburgh with Lucy Young, on his short film 'Believe'.


Last year Richard submitted the idea for ‘Spiral’ to Creative England’s iShorts competition. Following 4-months of drafting, interviews, workshops and re-drafting, Richard has been chosen to receive £5,000 towards producing his idea as a short film.



The iShorts programme is supported by the BFI NET.WORK and Creative England. As such it is about more than just supporting filmmakers with funding. The success of this project will act as a stepping-stone towards our ultimate goal of making feature films. And this is why we need the support and contributions of movie-lovers everywhere.



Although it is possible to make a short film with the £5,000 iShorts funding, we need to raise another £2,000 for our idea to reach its full potential. We are not earning a salary from making this movie, but we do need to pay the talented specialists who will work with us on-set and in post-production. We also need to pay for such things as: equipment hire, location, costumes, props, and a whole host of other expenses. All funders will receive regular email updates from our producer, Paul Burdon, explaining how their contribution is being used. When we shoot this film, you will know where your money has been spent.


The movie will shoot in July-15 and will be completed by September-15. It will then be shown at numerous short film festivals around the world, before its general online release in September-16. Any pledge of £20 or more includes early online access to view the movie from January-16. If you can’t wait that long, then please check-out Richard’s earlier films at the link below.


Crowd funding is all about contributing to those slightly mad, often beautiful and ingenious ideas that you don’t see happen every day. So please, if you can, join us on this creative journey. With you as part of our team we can create something unconventional, even weird, but ultimately something special.



Noodle House Films - watch our previous films here!



Meet the Team

Our core team is quite small, and we are currently auditioning and interviewing for our cast and crew. So far we are:

Richard Addlesee - Writer / Director

  • Richard is a Manchester based filmmaker, currently concentrating on shorts whilst working towards his end goal of a feature. Richard concentrates on being a writer/director, but regularly collaborates with many of the North Wests best filmmaking talent.
  • Richard studied Media, Writing and Production (BA) Hons at the University of Bolton, receiving a 1st. He has also received several awards including: Keswick Film Festival Patrons pick, a Royal Television Society Award along with several national and international screenings, most recently Encounters, Raindance and the upcoming 2015 London Short Film Festival.
  • Richard has received critical acclaim for his recent shortfilm ‘Believe’ earning comments from directors such as Danny Boyle, Wes Craven, Kevin Smith and actors John Hurt, Russell Crowe.
  • All of Richard's films and further information can be found on his production company website: Noodle House FIlms


Paul Burdon - Producer

  • Paul is an experienced business manger from the renewable energy industry. He has been working as a producer with Richard at Noodle House Films, on "Spiral" and other projects, for the last twelve months.


Kirsty Grayem - Co-writer

  • Kirsty is a freelance painter and writer. Since her artistic career began at 18, Kirsty has exhibited in many national art galleries, including: Attic Art Manchester, The Sultan Art Gallery Lancaster and Brick Lane Art Gallery in London.
  • Kirsty's work has been published in the 'Artwanted' Calendar 2009 and has also been featured on the Saatchi-Saatchi Website.
  • Kirsty has sold her artwork globally from the UK through to Germany, America, Japan and New Zealand and has been interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire.
  • Kirsty's artwork can be seen at: http://www.kegart.moonfruit.com/


Adam Duncan - Composer

  • Adam studied Music and Composition at Leeds University and works as a freelance composer, as well as a Production Coordinator at BBC Sport.
  • Adam's works include: Images Sombres - a suite for the Viola da Gamba commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for its Early Music Series. 
  • Previous film music experience includes working with Ilan Eshkeri (composer: Stardust, Layer Cake, Hannibal Rising, Young Victoria) and Steve McLaughlin (producer: Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, About a Boy) on a variety of projects including producing transcriptions for an Annie Lennox orchestral performance on BBC Radio 2 and creating parts for recording session for a British horror movie called ‘The Disappeared’.


Judith Chan and Sam Twyman of Envelope Films

Please join us in welcoming the hugely talented team at Envelope Films who will be shooting our movie.


BREAKING NEWS:  It has just been confirmed that the fantastically-talented Emma Laidlaw has signed on to play our leading lady, Alice. Our Director has been working with Emma for some weeks in the hope of bringing her on board. This is incredible news and another positive step towards the success of this movie.


Emma Laidlaw

Full Cast 







Original poster concept by Dan Lambert


We hope that we have interested you in becoming part of our team. Even if you just share this page across your social networks, you will have made a significant contribution to our efforts.

If any questions about this film even begin to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing your mind, please use the “SEND MESSAGE” button below to ask us anything. In fact, contact us even if you don’t have any questions – we love meeting new people.

We will add regular updates to this Crowdfunder page as the campaign develops.


Important Notes About Your Contribution

  • This Crowdfunder campaign is “flexible funding”, which means that all money pledged will be collected – regardless of the final total.
  • Non-UK Residents: Postage costs are NOT included in the reward. If you would like to contribute to a reward which requires posting, please contact us first and we will let you know how much it will cost to post.
  • All UK postage costs are included.


Please share our page with as many of your friends as you think would be interested.



Class bloke, Danny Boyle, chews the fat with our Director, Richard Addlesee, about SPIRAL, iShorts, and the meaning of life.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

£2 Reward

Good Karma Award. The heartfelt thanks of the cast and crew of Spiral.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Monthly email updates about the progress of the production, including links to video updates and production notes. And good karma, of course.

£7 or more

£7 Reward

A PDF copy of the final shooting script, plus all of the above.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A downloadable set of hi-res, professional photographs from the shoot, including in-scene and backstage images. And all of the above.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

An MP3 of the original film music composed by Adam Duncan. And all of the above.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Advanced online access to view the movie before its general release. And all of the above.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

An exclusive two-colour silicone wristband, with debossed "Spiral" title on one side and "Team Member" on the other. These will only be given to people who make a contribution to the movie. And all of the above.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A movie mug, featuring artwork from the movie on one side and the 'Spiral' logo on the other. And all of the above.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

An A3-size colour movie poster, signed by the Director. And all of the above.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

An A2-size movie artwork poster, signed by the Director and Cast. And all of the above (excluding the A3-size poster).

£75 or more

£75 Reward

A high-quality movie artwork t-shirt, with log-line/logo back print. And all of the above.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

Full press pack, including a DVD of the movie and the Director's other works, "Believe" and "'Till Death", signed stills, signed cast and crew biogs, etc. And all of the above.

£150 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£150 Reward

A 2-hr Skype/phone call with Director Richard Addlesee and Producer Paul Burdon. Create your own agenda and discuss the filmmaking process with our team. To take place at a time to be decided mutually. And all of the above.

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

Visit the set with a friend during shooting. Meet the cast and crew. Watch the shoot and even help out. Shooting in the UK during July-15, exact location and dates to be confirmed. And all of the above.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

Exclusive one-day filmmaking workshop with the Director and Producer, for you and your friends. Held either in-person in Manchester, UK, or over Skype. Plus continued access and support from the Spiral team to help you make your own movie. To take place at a time to be decided mutually. And all of the above

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