A generous stranger has made a Northwood filmmaker’s dreams a reality.
More than £3,000 was given by an anonymous donor to aspiring movie producer Emily Munster, 21, who held a month-long campaign to raise £7,000 to fund the production of The Cross.
Emily also says that she is in talks with a "well-known British actress" to star in the short film.
The money was secured through online ‘crowd funding’ website Kickstarter, which allows people across the world to donate to causes or projects they believe in.
“We’re over the moon to have reached our target and are both really happy that all the hard work and lack of sleep finally paid off,” said Emily, who lives in Ardross Avenue.
“Without the investor we would have raised just short of £4,000 but seeing as Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing formula we would have received nothing so we are incredibly grateful to him,” she said.
“We have now met him and he is incredibly supportive of the film and is helping us to achieve our dreams.”
The next step in their exciting project will be the confirmation of the lead actress.
The ‘household name’ has been in talks with Emily and director and script writer, Siobhan Schwartzberg, 26, since they announced their plans, but she could not commit until funding was secured. It is hoped details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The Cross is a tragic love story set in the 1500s and tells the story of a nun and a monk who fall in love.
It explores the constraints of society, and the team promise it holds worldwide human truths that everyone can identify with, even in the 21st century.
Emily and Siobhan have both turned down nine-to-five jobs to commit their time to making ‘real, truthful films’ without the stereotypes you might see in Hollywood blockbusters.
Their last film, Venus and Mars, was funded with money Siobhan earned from taking part in clinical trials.
“For The Cross we need a much bigger budget,” said Emily.
“By the time she’d completed enough trials she probably wouldn’t have been able to blink, let alone direct a movie.”
Shooting is scheduled for January next year.