Fireworks by Hew Locke - available as an A3 fine art print

7 Good Reasons to Support Fireworks

With only 6 days to go until our campaign ends, we really need your support. Lots of you have already contributed, tweeted and shared about our film. Some of you, though, may still be dithering, and others may have no intention of supporting us. Yet! We want you with us on this. Here are seven reasons why you should get on board.

1. All The Best People Say So

Yes, we hang with some of the coolest people on Twitter. The brilliant Stephen Fry has put out a tweet telling people to support our film, and we’ve been retweeted by lovely people like Rebecca Front, Rory Bremner, Billie Myers and Gail Porter.

stephen fry tweets about fireworks film

2. We Have Ewen Bremner

ewnbremnerEwen is a brilliant actor and we are thrilled to be able to create a role for him in his home town. Poor Ewen has been stuck out in Hollywood too long – give the poor chap a trip home.

3. You Might be in it Too!

photo by FRANCISCA

Looking for our new teen star

We’re running an open online casting call for the role of Kat, a headstrong, sparky teenage girl. Tons of young women have already submitted their auditions. Will you be the chosen Kat to play the lead role?

4. It’s Made By Women

Not many films are made by women. Most don’t even have a lot of women in them! And when they do, these women don’t have much to say. With Fireworks the Exec Producer, Producer, Co-writer, Director and even the web guy are all women! Let’s show what they can do.

fireworks team (minus Jonathan Hall)

5. It Sorts Out Your Christmas Shopping

Don’t just do it for us – do it for that tricky international auntie who loves knitting, or that guy in the office who’s a bit of a smunt. Our campaign is one big Christmas shopping market. Check it out.

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6. We Want to Destigmatise Mental Disorder

Fireworks is inspired by Director and Co-writer Hannah’s experience of growing up with a father who suffered from bipolar disorder, or manic depression. Hannah wants the film to help get people talking openly about mental illness, to help reduce the stigma that sufferers already face.

7. It’s Going to be Good

This is (arguably) the most important point on the list. Fireworks is going to be a cracking good film. It’s funny, it’s got a great actor confirmed and others potentially in the wings. The script has won a ton of awards, and the team behind it are celebrated film-makers and writers. You do not want to miss out on this film!

It’s not easy to get a film off the ground that bucks the box office trends and tries to do something a bit different, but with a bit of help we think we can create something really special. Please support our film, and help spread the word on twitter and Facebook. Thank you!

Manic Depression Campaigner Stephen Fry Supports Fireworks

Twelve days into our IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign and we’re delighted to find that the venerable Stephen Fry is supporting our campaign. Stephen Fry tweeted a message of support today to his six million followers:

A Driving Force for Mental Health Awareness

Stephen Fry has bipolar disorder (manic depression), and since his diagnosis at the age of 37 has campaigned to change the way that the condition is viewed in society.

Take a look at this video he created for Big Think, in which he talks about his experiences:

He is a strong supporter of the movement to destigmatise mental illness, led in part by the charitable organisation Time to Change, who aim to combat prejudice against people with mental illness. Quoted on the Time to Change website, Fry says:

“I want to speak out, to fight the public stigma and to give a clearer picture of mental illness that most people know little about.”

The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

In 2006 Stephen Fry presented a two-part TV documentary about his experience of living with bipolar disorder, called The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. The documentary also featured Jo Brand, Griff Rhys Jones, Carrie Fisher, Richard Dreyfuss, Rick Stein and Robbie Williams, and won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary at the 35th International Emmys in 2007.

You can watch the programme on YouTube:

We are delighted to receive this tweet of support from Stephen Fry, and hope that it will persuade many others with bipolar disorder to consider contributing to our campaign in whatever way they can. Thank you Stephen Fry!