An award-winning “working class” film director from east Hull is asking for help to raise £30,000 so he can shoot his next movie in the city.
Jack Grewar put himself and Hull in the spotlight by shooting a dark urban drama called ‘Some Kind Of Love’ in the city during a 15-day period in October 2017.
The “gritty” production which saw Jack film in Ye Olde Black Boy, East Park and even Hull Royal Infirmary has since gone on to win awards at multiple film festivals and now the 32-year-old is ready to embark on his next project.
However, in order to shoot his new film, which is set to be called ‘Things We Should Have Said’, he needs £30,000 worth of investment.
Jack, who still lives in east Hull, said: “We need £30,000 I’m estimating to pay for everyone’s time on the movie.
“On the back of the success of the last film I’ve been spending time in London building up connections and people are advising me to move there but it’s very expensive and my scripts are based on people and stories I know from Hull.
“This is where I’m from and that is why I want to make this story. I’m passionate about this city and it has so many great stories to tell.
“It has urban elements, rural elements, dilapidated and rundown areas and also expensive areas so it’s got everything and I don’t understand why more films aren’t made here.”
Jack’s film Some Kind Of Love won at two film festivals in London and at the Accolade Global Film Completion in California with Hull actress Jess Palmer receiving plaudits for her role in the film.
Businesses and buildings allowed him to use premises and props for free to shoot scenes and he is looking for more generosity with his latest project.
However, his main aim is to secure funding so he can “put Hull on the map” and deliver his vision to the big screen.
“Anyone who knows me knows this is my passion. I’ve generated a team of people, I’ve got my crew and I’ve got a group of regular cast members who are from Hull and love the city.
“Unfortunately it is impossible to get funding and I’m at the stage now where I need to ask for help.
“I’ve spent two years applying for funding through BFI and Creative England but I haven’t been successful and I think the location has got a lot to do with it.
“We need people who are interested in local art projects and people who are from the city and have been successful themselves to help us out.
“This means pretty much everything to me. I work full-time, I’m working class and getting £12,000 last time was incredible but I want to go bigger and better and I know has got the talent to do that.”
“We know what we are doing and we want to put Hull on the map. We want people to appreciate how great the north is.”
Jack’s new film is essentially a love story split into two parts. It follows a couple’s relationship with the first part shown from the woman’s perspective and the second half from the man’s perspective.
Once he has secured the funding Jack will audition for the roles and aims to cast local talent. However, he also hopes to secure the services of a northern soap star to give the movie some extra clout.
“We would like to get someone famous,” Jack said. “Maybe someone from the northern soaps such as Emmerdale, Coronation Street or Hollyoaks – but we need the funding first.”
If you are interested in donating to Jack’s project, email the production company Astor Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information on Jack’s film projects, visit his website here .
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