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Based on a true story, partly autobiographical, & set in the early 1960s in Manchester, the story centres on a rather unforgettable trip for 54 year old, undiscovered singer songwriter Paul, who ventures into the audience at Bernard Manning’s club to experience an evening’s entertainment of comedy & music.
But what starts off as a night of controversial comedy from Manning, gradually unfolds into a series of bizarre, surreal & unexplainable events involving politically incorrect conduct, chaos, confusion, farce, absurdist incidents and unexpectedly jaw-dropping surprises.
Many puzzling questions inescapably arise, such as ; why are the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Laurel & Hardy still unknown and without any success in Showbusiness, and why are they all looking for their first big break on the same dingy evening at Bernard Manning’s modest little club in the wrong, deprived part of urban Manchester?
Why are they all 54 years old? And why do they all have an unsettling physical resemblance to Paul?
Why is Bernard so verbally brutal and totally ruthless in his confrontations with all these apparently big name, familiar faces? Is Paul about to get his own big break, taking over on stage when an unknown and disillusioned 54 year old Elvis Presley’s precarious pelvis forces him to prematurely halt his performance in agony and leave the building? Is Paul about to personally rewrite the shape and history of culture and pop music legend?
Growing Old Gracefully is a comedy drama with a startling difference where weird things are constantly happening & bringing the events of history, the past and the future, especially for some of the biggest names in Showbusiness, into shocking uncertainty.
The movie combines elements of Back To The Future, The Wizard of Oz and Wierd Al Yankovic with moments of moving drama interweaving surreal, slapstick & physical comedy.
Cast now contracted, (Credits include - Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd, Game of Thrones.)
The movie, around 96 minutes, will be filmed on 4K digital cine cameras with a DP & 2nd cam. 80 min B&W, 16 min colour. Licensed drone operator attached.
2 INT locations, soft ambient light dictates the style/mood. Lots of mobile camerawork is desired, rig, gimbal etc to speed up the two week shoot.
Ready for July, dates flexible to suit DP and 2nd Cam. Either 2 weeks continual or spread out further.
The movie will be entered for International Film Festivals with a view to acquiring worldwide distribution & features several songs, both original & classic hits covers, a score & SFX (Green Screen or old school).
Due to Very Low Budget status, DP’s initial fee in advance is in the hundreds, plus large daily rate deferred until the movie secures distribution + additional bonuses from Gross.
Crew will be paid travel, catering + accomm if req + £250 pd paid immediately from Distrib’s Gross advance + large bonuses from Gross earnings. Use your or our crew.
One DOP for full shoot with own 4k cine cam/kit preferred but a few “Cinematographers” for several days each is an option. But then we’ll hire 2 matching cams & the DP’s advance fee of several hundred £s will be used for rental.
As Writer Dir, Prod, I’ve already found a Co. willing to consider a big discount based on my circumstances and the current status of the movie.
Production Accountants will distribute payments, cast/crew will get accounts regularly.
Thank you for your interest & pls say how many days you'll consider & what kit/deferred pay crew you'll bring.
Audition / Rehearsal / Production datesPrincipal Photography ready for July 2019, Manchester, England.
Payment TBC - A flat fee in advance (in the hundreds £) plus full industry rates on a deferred contract with generous bonus payments from Gross as soon as Distributor pays Production Company & then future bonuses
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DOP for British feature film: Comedy Drama Musical
Anyone, aged 18 and over
- Camera Crew ability: Expert
Applications closed 21 June 2019.