Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. So, these left-wing, well-educated people have invited over their new neighbours, As classes and outlooks collide, the scene is set for an evening which will have consequences as hilarious as they are tragic, leading to ongoing discoveries of personal trauma.
Invincible is a feature film directed by Emma Croft with an accomplished cast of Laura Howard (Midsummer Murders) , Daniel Copeland (After Life) Samantha Seager (The Lakes, This is Vanity) and introducing Torben Betts as Oliver.
Written and adapted for the screen by award winning Torben Betts, this witty and thought provoking drama is set in the summer of 2012.
Director Emma Croft, an actor by trade with extensive acting credits such as Rosalind in Christine Edzard’s As You Like It and Benja in Bille August Smilla’s Sense of Snow, directed the short films Honest Lies, Left Hand Side and The Path and makes her feature film debut with Invincible.
The Afghanistan War is still raging. The European Football Championships have just started and the nation is about to be gripped by Olympic fever.
The recession is biting hard and Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. They want to live, work and raise their children among what they term “real people”, away from the cold anonymity of London.
So, these left-wing, well-educated people have invited over their two new (very real) neighbours in an attempt to break the ice. Tonight Alan and Dawn are to be offered olives and introduced to Karl Marx and abstract art.
As classes and outlooks collide, the scene is set for an evening which will have consequences as hilarious as they are tragic, leading to ongoing discoveries of personal trauma.
Samantha Seager and Emma Croft are joined by comedy legend Paul Whitehouse as Executive Producers.
Hello, I am Samantha Seager and I am one of the producers of the film Invincible alongside Emma Croft.
I played Dawn in the original cast of Invincible, which premiered at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond in 2014 before transferring to the St. James Theatre in the West End shortly after.
I loved this piece so much and often thought it would make a brilliant film. Not only does the story resonate with me personally (what with me being a lassie from up North), this piece explores subjects which we can all relate to. Torben Betts, the award-winning playwright, puts cultural and class contradictions in a room together over one night and, inevitably, hilarious and excruciating sparks fly.
But Invincible is infinitely more subtle than pitching ‘rich’ against ‘poor.' The characters are exceptionally well-developed, believable souls that begin to emerge, demonstrating how government policy affects people from different socio-economic backgrounds. It is also a piece about neighbourliness, kindness, war, fighting for your country and the consequences of not being truthful with one’s self.
This year, 2022, will be ten years on from when our story is set. It interestingly predicts some of the events that have happened since. The themes around isolation and loneliness are more poignant than ever, and now feels like the perfect time to look back at the 'halcyon' days of 2012 to see how far (or not) we have come.
Having gathered together the original cast along with writer Torben Betts (making his acting debut as Oliver), and talented actor/director Emma Croft (on board as our Director/exec Producer), we built a first class team including cinematographer Ariel Artur, editor Edmund Swabey and line producer Fenella Greenfield to bring this touching story to public on the silver screen as a feature film.
We already have the backing of comedy legend Paul Whitehouse, who joins myself and Emma as an Executive Producer, but we need more help!
We have so far raised £18,500 to develop this film, £6,000 of our own personal investment and we raised a further £12,500 in a Crowdfunder in June 2021. We need to raise a further £15,000 towards completing the film. We need funds to cover the sound design, sound track, editing, film festival strategy and marketing and we hope to get a grant for the majority for this.
This is a passion project for us, some of us have been working for free and we're hoping to convince you that this project and its team are worth supporting. Raising the remainder of the budget here on Greenlit would mean so much to us, enabling us to finish and then bring this multi-layered story to the screen in a way that is thought-provoking and wonderfully entertaining.
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With some of our crew having undertaken albert’s Sustainable Production Training course, we have completed our Carbon Action Plan with the view to achieve Sustainable Certification for this production. This means we have a commitment to sustainable practices like hiring rather than buying; we offered meat-free meals; appropriate waste disposal and more – all with the aim of ensuring our film has the smallest possible environmental impact.
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