A Solihull-born film director who shot his first feature film earlier this year is trying to secure the £15,000 funding to finish the project and secure a cinema release.
Rob Brown shot Sixteen, the hard hitting story of a former child soldier, in March - the shoot was filmed in 18 days on a shoestring budget.
Despite the financial constraints, the team enlisted the talents of a number of top actors, including Rachael Stirling, star of ITV’s wartime drama The Bletchley Circle, and Sam Spruell who appeared in Oscar-winning movie The Hurt Locker.
Sixteen was shot on location in London, using the same state-of-the-art camera equipment that was utilised for Skyfall - one of the biggest films of last year.
Rob, who grew up in Chelmsley Wood and Redfern Close, Solihull, said it had taken several years just to get the story in front of the cameras.
“Me and Jake Hume [the producer] had this film for a couple of years and we eventually realised that if we tried to get a multi-million pound budget or even a few hundred thousand pounds the script would still be in our pocket in five years time. So we had to start using our contacts in the industry.
“It’s one of the biggest challenges to move from short films to feature films. You can get award-winning film makers who have had their shorts televised or shown at very prestigious film festivals but they can’t get the backing for a feature film because investors are sometimes quite conservative.”
The shoot proceeded after the 29-year-old, who now lives in Devon, got financial backing from Bath Spa University.
“We’ve assembled a fantastic cast, many of whom took a massive pay cut to come and work with us because they liked the project.
“One of the problems was that it was the coldest spring on record and we were working outdoors. It was absolutely freezing.
“It’s pretty much unheard of to shoot a film for just £14,000 - and shoots usually last at least six weeks - but I’m really pleased with how it’s coming together.”
Rob is now appealing for help to finance finishing the film and would like to have it completed by September.
You can help by going to www.kickstarter.com/projects/382223528/sixteen-a-new-british-feature-film