Having made a slew of short films in recent years, and collaborated with Noah and the Whale on the immaculate The First Days of Spring, Parkville Pictures have recently been working with debut writer-director Jules Bishop on their first feature, Borrowed Time.
The film had an eighteen-day production back in the summer of 2011, with the help of Film London and the BBC Films Microwave scheme, shot for £120,000.
Fast forward a year, and the film had finally been completed, and now it’s ready for distribution. The path to distribution is of course an incredibly difficult one, especially for independent films like this one, and so Parkville have decided to become their own distributors, and raise the money for the task through Kickstarter.
Projects like these are becoming increasingly common – we’ve just recently seen the Kickstarter project for The Uncle Ruckus Movie, from The Boondocks creator, Andrew MacGruder – and they’re fast becoming a very plausible and attractive alternative for filmmakers.
“Borrowed Time tells the story of two totally contrasting figures who come together in the most hostile of circumstances, only to form an unlikely bond that will help them both find a way out of their respective troubles. It is a bittersweet comedy about growing up and rediscovering youth in parallel, united by the subconscious desire to seek out the missing elements in their lives.”
Written and directed by Bishop, and produced by Olivier Kaempfer, the film stars Theo Barklem-Biggs, Philip Davis, Juliet Oldfield, Warren Brown, Perry Benson, Ted Cozzolino, Andrew Ellis, Hammed Animashaun, and Jumayn Hunter.
The film screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival last year, and was selected amongst the Best of the Fest, the most popular films appearing at the festival, suggesting there’s much to look forward to here.
But of course, given its status as a Kickstarter campaign, there’s a lot to look forward to here if Borrowed Time can reach its goal. The figure is set at £20,000, all of which will go towards giving the film the theatrical release it’s seeking. At time of writing, it needs just under £1,000 before the early hours of this Sunday morning. So if you like what you see in the trailer below, and you want to help give this film a chance to succeed on the big screen, then you know what to do.
You can help bring Borrowed Time to a cinema near you by heading over to their Kickstarter campaign here.
(And on a slight side-note: If you haven’t already done so, I cannot recommend enough how much you should watch The First Days of Spring, the fifty-minute short film from Noah and the Whale. You can watch that in full on Vimeo here. It is simply amazing.)