This Summer, my team and I will be bringing love, lies and bittersweet romance to Bromley and Beckenham, when we shoot our independent short film Three Days.
When I wrote the script for Three Days, it was a foregone conclusion that I would shoot in the local area. I live in Bromley and it was obvious to me that the local area was an evocative backdrop to the unconventional love story that lies at the heart of the film. As an actress, I want to tell stories about women my age. Stories that entertain and engage a wide audience. Maybe with a bit of romance but avoiding the usual relationship scenarios which women my age are generally saddled with.
With a story in my heart and a rather patchy plan in my head, I went to Suzie Boudier (who I’d worked with before on a short film) and said I had an idea for a story, did she fancy making a film? She didn’t even think twice about it and jumped on board, bringing 15 years of PR expertise (as the owner of Firefly PR), a background in film production and an enviable shoe collection. And so it was that I began writing and then producing our short film.
The central relationship in Three Days has definitely resonated with our audience and drawn them into the filmmaking journey with us. The story revolves around the relationship between 40-something Sophie and a younger man, James. (“Hang on a minute!” you cry, “I thought you were avoiding the usual scenarios that women your age are generally saddled with? Age gap romance?” Well yes…look…you’ll just have to watch the film). The film unfolds and we are witness to conversations between Sophie and James, as they meet at their favourite café. But we are also party to conversations between Sophie and her sister Kate and between Sophie and her colleague Mark. Conversations which reveal that Sophie’s relationships are fundamentally flawed.
And the story is in safe hands – my crew have combined credits including Downton Abbey, Casualty, Thor, Resident Evil, New Blood and Hollyoaks. By virtue of their merits, the film is spearheaded by women, with myself as Writer, Producer and actress, Catherine Arton-Still (Director), Judy Goldberg (Producer), Angelica Polonczyk (Producer) and Suzie Boudier (Executive Producer).
The cast include myself (EastEnders, Southcliffe), George Taylor (Partners in Crime, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Catherine Rowney (Doctors, Deafening Silence) and Duncan Duff (The Tudors, Silent Witness and soon to appear with Cynthia Nixon in A Quiet Passion, released in September)
The film has been financed through crowdfunding, where we pitched the idea of the film and people from the UK and worldwide donated sums from £5 up to £700 towards the cost of production. In return, we offer a “perk” as a thank you and these vary from social media shoutouts to appearing in the film as an extra or even an IMDb (Internet Movie Database) Producer credit. Everyone who donates becomes part of the team and receives regular updates on the film’s progress. I reached out to the global community via Twitter and Facebook, and we now have Crowdfund backers and fans from around the world.
The local business community have knocked my socks off with their support and encouragement. Baccarat Hair Salon, in Beckenham, have supported financially as our main Sponsors and their contribution has gone a long way to making the film possible. Lynda, the owner, is a real powerhouse of entrepreneurship and being supported by such an inspiring businesswoman is pretty amazing!
Invaluable support has also come in spades through Nikki at The Lavender House Café and Margaret and Manpreet at Cinnamon Culture, in Sundridge Park, and Amanda at Red Boutique, in Beckenham. Each of these businesses has supported above and beyond what we expected. Again, all of them are shining lights in their approach to entrepreneurship and collaboration.
So I am extremely excited to be bringing the cast and crew to Bromley and Beckenham in just a few weeks. We’ll be filming key scenes in the wonderful Charlie’s Little Cyprus restaurant, in West Wickham. I highly recommend it for the coffee and the omelettes! Other scenes will be shot on location in the area – give us a wave if you see us.
You can follow our progress via our website www.threedaysshortfilm.com Facebook page https: facebook.com/ ThreeDaysFilm Twitter @threedaysfilm1 You can also find me on Twitter @vbaileyactor
We’ll be celebrating the film with a screening event and Q&A – a night to dress up, watch the film and meet the cast and crew. Details of advance VIP tickets are on our Support page on the website. Come and join us to watch Bromley, Beckenham, love and lies take centre stage on the big screen!