You would think it would be straightforward.
Despite the fact that the city based Hurricane Films, recently won a TV award for their documentary on Accrington Stanley, and produced the Terence Davies classic Of Time and The City, it's not as easy as it looks, getting on the big screen.
For Hurricane's Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos, their feature film ‘Under The Mud’ was a case in point.
After a gala premiere at the Philharmonic Hall in November 2006, finding a distribution deal proved difficult – prompting The Guardian to describe the film as “maybe the best British Film you will never see”. Distribution companies liked the film, but were unwilling to take a gamble on a soemthing that lacked ‘A list’ stars – reasoning that a huge marketing budget would be needed to get word to the film’s potential audience – though they did all acknowledge that the film had a huge audience.
The film-makers had all but given up on ever seeing Under The Mud released when a wealthy southern-based investor - who had seen the film and fallen in love with it - offered to put up the money for a DVD release. Nearly eight years after that first script meeting, Under The Mud is finally available at HMV, Borders, ASDA and online via iTunes and Amazon.
Written by fifteen teenagers and starring Andrew Schofield, Under the Mud went down a storm at film festivals in the UK, Canada and across America - including the Hollywood Film Festival. The film started as a writing workshop at the Garston internet drop-in centre Interchill in 2002. It was shot two years later with support from pharmaceutical giants Glaxo Smith Kline, South Liverpool Housing and NIACE (The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education).
An internet campaign is under way on the American website ‘Kickstarter’ to fund a double-decker bus which will travel across the region promoting the film’s release and publicising the DVD’s availability.
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