The Tape - a film and music project

by The Tape in Truro, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 12th May 2019 we successfully raised £20,203 with 240 supporters in 28 days

THE TAPE is a new feature film set in Cornwall by singer-songwriter Martha Tilston, containing new music that will form her next album.

by The Tape in Truro, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we reached our stretch target, this would be a breath of joy for us as we are working with such a very tiny micro budget. Things we could do are: pay for the extra crew that would make this film even better, allow us more rehearsal time for the crucial scenes, a second sound assistant, better budget for production design - plus something towards the post production and editing process of the film. 

This is important as we don’t just want to get this film 'in the can’ - we want to make sure the film is crafted into an evocative and inspiring piece that you can enjoy all the more for knowing you have helped us make it the best it can be.


"A film with music at its heart – think ‘ONCE’ but in the windswept world of Cornwall with themes of staying true to yourself and taking bold steps towards happiness."

A piano, an old tape recorder, an empty Cornish cottage, a feral child, a love story, wild swimming, and a reminder to get back to our creative souls.  

Written and directed by musician Martha Tilston, recently nominated for Best Arts Programme at the Celtic Media Festival for her film 'Cliff Top Sessions', this feature film will also include her next album.

A musician who has lost her faith in her art and a disillusioned lawyer who has lost his sense of self are thrown together, reigniting their creative passion and offering them the chance of a new future.

 Tally, Cornwall’s worst cleaner, is a songwriter who has lost her confidence.

While opening up an empty house, she finds a piano and a 4-track recorder, inspiring her to record just one copy of an album on an old cassette tape for the mysterious owner of the house. When the tape is mislaid, her secret is out - will she take the leap towards a new phase in her career and finding love?

The film's soundtrack is the very album she records on the shoot, and will be Martha's next release.

"Do what makes you come alive, because what the world needs now is people that have come alive" 

- Howard Thurman 

We are crowdfunding to enhance the budget of the film and would love your support. As well as being able to pre-order the new album and buy limited edition artwork by Martha,  you can also pledge for some exciting film-related rewards including:

* On set updates via email

* Be an extra in the gig scene (must be available in London on evening of 3rd July and cover own travel costs)

* Tickets to the Gala Screening (London)

* Executive Producer - a huge super-package of rewards!

The Tape is Martha's take on the big questions in life - please help us bring her new music and this story to its audience!

© Martha Tilston, 2019


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£12 or more

145 of 500 claimed

Martha's New Album - Limited Edition CD

This album will be created live on set, during the filming of The Tape, and will be centred around piano, guitar, cello, double-bass, Indian harmonium and of course, Martha's voice. The CD will be packaged in a sustainably sourced environmentally friendly cover (no shrink wrap!).

£7 or more

On-Set Photos, Shoot Updates & Martha Tilston poem

We will send you an email updating you on the shoot, two behind-the-scenes photos of the crew and cast at work, and Martha shall also write and send you a poem during the film-shoot!

£10 or more

Pre-Sale DOWNLOAD of Martha's New Album

Order your download copy of the spine-tingling new Martha Tilston album from the film – all recorded live on set!

£25 or more

1 of 40 claimed

Signed Teaser Poster

Get your hands on these limited edition teaser posters, signed by director, actress and musician Martha Tilston and some of the cast and crew.

£25 or more

5 of 50 claimed

Martha's New Album Limited Edition SIGNED CASSETTE

This high quality limited reward means you'll be able to listen to the album that was recorded during the filming of The Tape on a trusty cassette - exactly how 'Tally' intended it to be heard.....

£30 or more

23 of 80 claimed

Appear in the Film!

Appear at a gig in the movie! For a pivotal scene in the film, Martha will be playing a cluster of never heard before material – which features in the film. This will all take place at a London venue on the eve of Wednesday 3rd July – then when the cameras are off, she’ll perform a few more familiar favourites for you! It's going to be a fun night…we are all looking forward to this one. (please note you will need to cover your own travel costs)

£35 or more

Songwriting Masterclasses from Martha Tilston

Martha will bring her experience of teaching and facilitating songwriting to you in 3 filmed masterclass sessions, created specially for this project. In these sessions Martha will look at: Inspiration – how to find and nourish it. Lyrics – how to weave the layers into lyrics to give them depth and understanding whilst keeping the concept of the song fresh. Exploring melody and how to finish a song.

£60 or more

18 of 40 claimed

Red Carpet GALA SCREENING in London

Join us at the exclusive red carpet Gala event where you will be greeted with a glass of bubbly, mingle with the cast and crew and watch the film for the first time. As a bonus, you will be given either a free downloadable or CD copy of the album that was recorded during filming. This night is sure to be full of fun and fizz!

£120 or more

12 of 20 claimed

Handwritten and Illustrated Lyrics

Order your own personalised lyric art piece of your favourite Martha Tilston song from over her career. Martha will illustrate the lyrics and dedicate the piece to whoever you wish.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Original Album Artwork from NOMAD

Original artwork 'Banjo Wood' from the album ‘NOMAD' - painted on canvas board (image in project overview).

£5,000 or more

1 of 2 claimed


An exclusive chance to appear in the credits as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Plus: A Martha Tilston house concert (UK), 2 Gala screening tickets, Signed teaser poster, 'Appear in the Film!' Reward x2, 1-2-1 songwriting workshop or Masterclass Reward, 2 handmade pieces of Lyric-Art by Martha of your favourite song, Cassette, CD & Download of the Album, A beautiful Prop from the Film, Dedication on the album, and a box of Martha's home-made Cornish Fudge!

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original Album Artwork from NOMAD

Original album artwork 'Caravan Bike' from the album NOMAD - painted on canvas board (image in project overview).

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original Artwork Study for 'Lucy and the Wolves'

Original artwork study for the album ‘Lucy and the Wolves' - titled 'Wolf Woods' painted on canvas (image in project overview).

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original Album Artwork - 'Machines of Love...'

Original album artwork 'Balloons' from the album ‘Machines of Love and Grace' - painted on wood board (image in project overview).

£400 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original Album FRONT COVER from 'Machines of...'

Original album FRONT COVER artwork from the album ‘Machines of Love and Grace' - painted on canvas and framed (image in project overview).

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original website and NOMAD artwork

Original artwork 'Bendy Trees' used on Martha's website and on the album NOMAD - painted on canvas board (image in project overview).

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original Album BACK COVER 'Lucy and the Wolves'

Original back cover from the album ‘Lucy and the Wolves' - painted on canvas board and framed (image in project overview).

£600 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Guitar

This is a one-off reward for someone special. This Simon and Patrick 'Mouse' Guitar is a chance to own one of Martha’s first guitars – (and the first guitar Martha bought with her wages working at the office) – this guitar was responsible for much of her early writing and featured on the Mouse album ‘Mouse-Tales’ (to any Mouse fans out there… eeek eeek x). The guitar will be discretely signed by Martha and set up nicely for its new owner!

£800 or more

4 of 4 claimed

House Concerts

Martha + accompanist will come to your house and play for you and your friends in your living room, kitchen or garden. They will bring the magic of a concert to the intimate surroundings of your own home! – and Martha will turn up with some of her yummy gluten free cake! (Subject to mutual understanding of respect and Martha feeling comfortable with arrangements. Dates to be arranged around Martha's UK tour schedule).

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original Front Cover 'Til I Reach The Sea'

Original front cover for the EP ‘Til I Reach The Sea’ on canvas (image in project overview).

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