The enterprising filmmakers behind 8 Minutes Idle have come together to launch a Kickstarter campaign and are looking for support to release the feature film into UK cinemas on Valentine’s Day 2014.
Shot entirely in Bristol, 8 Minutes Idle is a darkly romantic comedy that follows the perils and traumas of your first job – when enforced promotion, murderous parents, and homelessness get in the way of true love.
It is based on the award-winning novel by Matt Thorne and features an ensemble of rising British talent including Tom Hughes (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Ophelia Lovibond (Nowhere Boy), Antonia Thomas (Sunshine on Leith, Misfits) and Montserrat Lombard (Ashes to Ashes).
The film was initially snapped up by distributor Revolver (The Imposter, Ill Manors, Anuvahood) but the company went bust just weeks before the planned release. Once bitten twice shy, the producers are now bypassing the usual gatekeepers to distribute the film directly to cinemas and the public but need to raise £20,000 to help with the costs of mounting an independent release.
Supporters can pledge from £5 to £5,000 with the rewards including pre-release downloads, credits on the film, limited edition Valentine’s Day cards designed by illustrator Felix Massie and tickets to the film’s premiere.
Director Mark Simon Hewis (above), said: “8 Minutes Idle is a dark, funny and brilliant film that is a shining example of the great creative talent here in Bristol. It‘s also a film that captures a real sense of the city – its character, its humour and its style. A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to share what make the city such a cool place to live and work with audiences across the UK.”
8 Minutes Idle was made made under iFeatures, Creative England’s groundbreaking low-budget filmmaking scheme that produced three feature films in Bristol.
Directed by BBC New Filmmaker finalist and multi award-winning shorts director Mark Simon Hewis, the film was scripted by Matt Thorne with the well-respected novelist Nicholas Blincoe.
Sarah Cox produced the film, whose company ArthurCox delivered the BAFTA-winning 2010 animation Mother of Many. The film has a soundtrack by Bristol-based Mike Smith (Gorillaz) and the sound was mixed at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire.