With just a few hours remaining on its SyndicateRoom crowdfunding campaign, the UK independent film The Bromley Boys produced by ItchyFishFilm has secured over £509,000 from over 38 investors for 50% equity offered toward its £640,000 goal to support production for the film. £305,000 has been fronted by the film’s lead investor group Ken Anderson, Chairman of Bolton Wanderers FC. Shares are priced at £1. The film’s director Steve Kelly (Doctors, The Bill and Judge John Deed) has teamed up with scriptwriter Warren Dudley (The Cutting Room, Cage).
“Great news casting Brenock O’Connor from Game of Thrones in the lead role of Dave Roberts. This will only add greater commercial appeal to what is already an extremely strong British cast,” shared lead investor Ken Anderson. “I would like to re-assure investors should the target budget of £640K not be reached, the team have a contingency budget in place which will ensure this film will be made – and it will be great!”
In addition, the campaign blogged that after a nationwide search and 1000 auditions, the production team announced they have cast their lead Bromley Boy; Character Dave Roberts will be played by Game of Thrones star Brenock O’Connor (aka Olly in the series). Filming has just begun with the release is scheduled for July 2017.
“It’s great to see stills from the first day of filming on The Bromley Boys. The production design looks fantastic and I have every faith the production team will deliver a wonderful film. Film budgets are forever changing, even during production. I am reassured having been taken through the revised budget that the film will not be compromised in any way,” commented Tiny Tony Films Limited Charlie Wood, who invested £100,000. “The production team, as per their track record have once again demonstrated how resourceful they can be within their budgetary constraints.”
To recap, The Bromley Boys is a sort of Billy Elliot meets Bend It Like Beckham, which follows the Bromley football club during the 1969/1970 season. The film nostalgically reflects on the Kent soccer team when they were at the bottom of the lowest non-league division. The retro, feel-good feature tells the story of author Dave Roberts’ 2008 memoir of the same name, and covers his teenage infatuation with the club, his ambition to manage the team and his blossoming relationship with the chairman’s daughter, Ruby. Alan Davies plays the voice of Older Dave – a retrospective narrative that carries through the film’s entirety. Martine McCutcheon, a Love Actually favorite, co-stars as teenage Dave’s mother, Gertie. A few famous footballers are expected to appear in the film.
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