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Your chance to star in film alongside Simon Callow on Osea Island
10:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
FANCY starring alongside top actors in a new film?
Now’s your chance.
Ben Cura is making his directorial debut with a comedy drama filmed on Osea Island.
Ben has written a screenplay adaption of August Strindberg’s Creditors.
London-based Ben said: “I found Osea completely by coincidence.
“I was looking for places to set the film in last year, I Googled and Googled and found out about Osea and fell in love with the place.
“I don’t think there is anywhere else near London and certainly in Essex that has the wild, unspoilt creepiness it has.
“Once we get the funding and know exactly when we are shooting the film, we are looking at April to May spending a month shooting and filming on the island and mainly around Manor House.”
Ben hopes to raise £290,000 to pay for the film through “crowd-funding” - where individuals contribute anything from £10 to £5,000 via website Kickstarter.
He said the method has already been used by the likes of Spike Lee and Scrubs actor Zac Braff to raise millions of dollars to shoot films.
Contributors can feature in the film.
Ben said: “It is a minimal cast but one of the rewards in our Kickstarter campaign is you can be in the film.
“There is one scene with Simon Callow where there is a big party and essentially we are welcoming people to donate a certain amount of money and you get a lot of rewards plus you get a guaranteed credit as an actor and get to choose your own character name.”
The original play, written in 1888, is about a man worried his wife is having an affair when her first husband, who he did not know about, tries to break them up.
Ben stars as American painter Freddie Lynchin in England and eased into making sense of his troubled relationship with his wife, writer Chloe Fleury.
The cast includes Christian McKay, whose credits include Me and Orson Welles and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Andrea Deck, who has had parts in Les Miserables, and Simon Callow, nominated for supporting actor Baftas for Four Weddings and Funeral and A Room With a View.
The fundraising drive starts on October 12 and will last for 30 days.
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