Director's Diary

Make or Break a Movie…

Well, the first stage of fundraising for the film is over.

It’s been pretty difficult to raise awareness of the project without utilising all of the fanbase from the last film, and in such a short space of time following the announcement of the documentary – and funnily enough, the banks haven’t wanted to finance us. I can’t think why. I guess they were too busy pumping so much of their capital into paying for a half of a certain political party.

What’s been incredible is that despite all this, we came close to raising a sixth of the budget needed in about sixty days, and those that contributed the most were largely those who could afford to the least.

These concerned citizens – people like Chris, Sara, Sioned, Gareth, Josh, Adam, Catherine, Julie, Claire, Shelbi, Richard, Lenna, John, and Terry – couldn’t necessarily afford to send money but did. Why? Because they believe in the film even at this early stage. And because they believe the mainstream media has failed us in reporting on this, the most right-wing government in post-war British history.

It may seem to some of you that this valuable but minimal budget resulting from such donations will mean that the film simply can’t be made. Return to Doncatraz is, inevitably, a bit of a turn-off for those wealthy people who, far from philanthropists, believe in something different: a society of survival of the fittest, where the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. As I said in my last entry, those who don’t want things to change are those upon whom change often relies, while those who want to change things often can’t.

But minimising this project because many less wealthy people can’t afford to donate makes no sense. In fact, it’s only more reason to make sure the film is made on the scale it needs to be, distributed and exhibited across the country to shatter myths and expose lies.

So many people who weren’t able to donate at this time did other things such as spread the word about the campaign, telling their friends, family, and colleagues, and utilising their social networks. Others weren’t able to do that but expressed support for the concept. Some believe in it anyway. This campaign response, in such a short time and with little build-up, is such a show of faith that I’m going to keep dragging the project along in my own time.

Thank you so very much for putting your faith in me and everyone involved in the project. And remember: don’t shoot the messenger…let the messenger do the shooting.


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