As we come closer to the production and crowdfunding campaign for ‘Canary’ we are now developing our campaign further. My masters is helping me to develop the crowdfunding aspect of the project and prepare for the the campaign. To start the new year off we have a brand new poster.
Using a simple format while we have no confirmed cast and moving away from the previously marketed material. The name change is also made more official. It also confirms our director: Jamie Weston.
His current statement outlines the film perfectly and the themes we want to get across to the audience. Have a read below:
“Having spent years making documentaries before my first feature, I’ve always been drawn to stories with a strong sense of truth. Stories filled with relatable characters that have a heart and soul. Canary is a film which reaches out and grabs you by the collar within the first page and drags you through the emotional and physical turmoil which my parents generations went through in The North during the mid-1980’s. Influenced by John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’, a writer famed for also dealing with social and economic issues, Canary feels equally verbatim, with current films such as “Billy Elliot”, “This is England” and most recently “I Daniel Blake” drawing on similar themes of poverty and anti-establishment motives against a conservative era government.
At its centre, it is a drama about human relationships, a friendship between cousins; Joseph and Ernest who work at the local mine. Ernest suffers from learning disabilities and struggles to understand the bigger choices that have to be made. The story hits hard as these were real events with bleak consequences which resulted in a formidable future unknown to them at the time. This has been only something we can truly look on now with in hindsight. The hardship these characters’ face highlights the true nature of human spirit with the entire community banding together and helping each other in times of trouble.
This story also defines how the desperate lack of income divided the communities and branded those who had no choice but to feed their families through any means. Something which many who were not familiar with the Miner strikes will be able to relate to at present, with the Syrian refugee migration and the lack of government funding for the low income families. This has resulted in higher numbers of food banks and a record high in homelessness.
This story has a great potential to render the jeopardy each of the miners faced on a daily basis, the sheer perfidy and betrayal they felt Margret Thatcher had done to them and the bond between men. On one side each of them are dealing with the hardship associated with willingly giving up their only source of income, while on the other hand they are uniting to stand against the loss of their occupation as a Miner, as well as hundreds of others like them across the North Visually, I intend to utilise a natural light look, depicting the realistic colours and flavours of the time by shooting in real locations and using real people native to the affected areas. I want to cover the scenes with the widest scopes to the tightest, while discovering new ideas on set when workshopping the scenes with the actors to create most visceral honest performances.
I feel that this is a very important film to be making right now, as the issues brought up in the film are still relevant today with many businesses going bust and the gap between the rich and poor ever growing. It’s a story which portrays how against all, odds the most important thing we have are family and loved ones around us. In an age where uncertainty is rife and education is becoming once again elitist, it’s important to bring to our attention previous events, so we can draw parallels between history and history in the making.”
Jamie Weston, January 2017
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