A deadpan, dark comedy, that follows DERWYN, a lonely young Farmer, who, in the search for companionship, finds himself on a rather lifeless date. Set in rural Wales, Rural Romance deals with themes of loneliness, depression, and suicide - pressing issues in the Welsh countryside.
A DEADPAN, DARK COMEDY, that follows DERWYN, a lonely young Farmer, who, in the search for COMPANIONSHIP, finds himself on a DATE with a VICTIM OF SUICIDE. Set in RURAL WALES, Rural Romance deals with themes of LONELINESS, DEPRESSION, and SUICIDE - pressing issues in the Welsh countryside, mostly within millennials and farming communities.
OUR FILM largely centers around two (2) isolated characters, DERWYN, and FFION - all in their early 20's and not in further education. In our narrative, we explore an extraordinary situation that forces themselves to confront themselves and their situation. I grew up and lived on a farm in rural Wales until my early 20s and when I left school in my teens, I had found a lack of social life and opportunity a huge factor. The silly thing is, I was always kind of aware that others felt the same way but that silent stigma of reaching out and having a conversation about it somehow never felt like an option. I've used my own personal background to hopefully help inform and shape the narrative into something authentic, original and PERSONAL.
To me, real-life sits somewhere uncomfortably in the middle of DRAMA and COMEDY– it’s rarely an extreme Drama, nor is it an extreme Comedy, and that’s how I feel about my APPROACH to storytelling and creating a world for fictional characters to reflect that outlook. That’s why Dark Comedy as a subgenre is a medium well placed for allowing these themes to play out. The genre offers the freedom to dip in and out and best reflect the real-life that we’re so familiar with.
I think in the UK in particular, where we’re not an emotionally open nation of people, humour is often the art of personal expression, albeit an expression masked in sarcasm or irony. It’s in our DNA to approach taboo subjects with a nod and a wink first before diving into it, and I think that’s how humour in filmmaking approaches serious matters well.
Our strategy is to adopt a traditional approach to making an independent feature film by making a short version of the film first. Therefore YOUR CONTRIBUTION will fund the SHORT FILM, or what's known in the industry as a PRECURSOR FILM. This short will then be submitted to FESTIVALS WORLDWIDE, and if successful will garner some interest. After the short film will be used to MARKET THE FEATURE through traditional avenues and/or via a steroid-induced CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN. It’ll mean we actually have visual evidence of the PRODUCT FOR AUDIENCES to back in order to entice sponsors and generate press with greater ease and with the time afforded to do so.
We want this film to make REAL CHANGE, starting RIGHT NOW and on into the FUTURE. To show how serious we are, we will be donating part of our proceeds to the DPJ Foundation, a charity committed to supporting people in Wales working within agriculture, dealing with MENTAL HEALTH. This charity not only does fantastic, LIFE CHANGING WORK but also feeds directly into the themes and issues we hope to call to attention with our project.
OUR SHORT-TERM AIM, as previously stated, is to raise awareness around mental health, in particular, hoping to spark conversations amongst younger Welsh generations.
WEST WALES IS THE POOREST REGION IN NORTHERN EUROPE and in desperate need of opportunities for the younger generations, especially within the Arts sector. Starting with Rural Romance, the LONG-TERM AIM for us is to film often in the region providing more opportunity for local trainees, apprentices, local tradesmen, local actors, and crew, all whilst making a product that'll raise awareness and ultimately contribute to the area.
DONATING to the project is just one way to make OUR PROJECT A REALITY. Another way is to SPREAD THE WORD; tag, post online, tell family and friends, text or email. Anything that creates awareness of the film and the issues we stand with goes a long way.
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