Out of the Wilderness comes an East End movie

INVESTING in a movie sounds like fun, more fun than, say, investing in a book. And if you’d put some money into Chariots of Fire, your reward in the 1980s would have been life-changing. If you backed any of thousands of other films, your reward might be homelessness.

A possibly less hit-or-miss way to become a mini — well, supermini — mogul is offered by crowd-funding, an internet update of the Victorian era’s subscription concept: the public pay in advance of the particular creation’s going on sale.

Actor-director Alexandra Boyd and producer Jon Pettigrew (above) have a good idea inspired by an East End true story of poverty, war, redemption, boxing, romance and, of course, class, all tied to that legendary slice of land, Hackney Marshes, site of the London 2012 Olympics. But did you know that locals used to call the area The Wilderness, which is the name of Boyd’s proposed fiction film?

First, she has to make a five-minute trailer to take to the Cannes Film Festival, where she hopes to attract the £12 million needed for the 90-minute feature. For the short, she needs £50,000, hence the resort to Kickstarter.  It will be go ahead, say Boyd and Pettigrew, only if at least £50,000 is pledged by Sunday 21 April 2013 afternoon.

Press the hyperlink to find out what you’d get for coughing up some money: £5, eg, gives you an early preview of the film, due for release in late 2014; £300 gets a meal with Boyd, and £2,000 a co-producer credit on the film (IMDB immortality).

At some stage, Boyd and Pettigrew will have to name the signing the big or at least biggish-name actor or two that every movie needs.

If the project later gets the big-money backing it seeks, you can be part of that backing, with all the risks and potential profits inevitably involved in being a showbiz-style angel.

One of the first Kickstarter investors, Nirueshan “Nish” Murugesu, of Wembley, told Loving Dalston he had kick(starter)ed in £50, not just for the promised rewards but because he liked the subject. “It’s good,” he said, “to be involved in something like this, something from the East End.”

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