Kindling is a short film that aims to shine a light on an emotionally distant father-son relationship, as they take a trip to scatter their late wife and mother, Molly’s, ashes.
Andrew and Tim visit a favourite camping spot of their late wife/mother Molly, on a mission to scatter her ashes and enjoy some father-son time together. On arrival, Tim isn’t as prepared as he made out, leading to him worried about what Andrew may think of him as a stick-in-the-mud.
Just as Tim feels he’s making some progress in his attempts to bond with his father, they come across a group of young campers who seem to find it much easier to empathise with Andrew’s view of life.
As they finally find the spot to scatter Molly’s ashes, Tim and Andrew bond through a new ritual, one which Tim surprises himself in wanting to partake, as he learns to open himself up to more than just familial connection and traditional, but new experiences too.
The heart, whimsy and free-spirited nature of the likes of Prince Avalanche, American Honey, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople cause friction between Tim and Andrew, but ultimately also brings them closer together than ever.
The scenes between Tim and Andrew at the beginning are fraught with tension. It takes meeting others for Tim to appreciate the humility of his father, which will be captured via Andrew’s reactions to a largely improvised sequence from the young campers, plonking Andrew and Tim in the middle of a previously unexplored generation.
WHAT WE NEED
We are choosing to part-fund the film through crowdfunding to bring this film to life. This also means we can build a community of avid film fans and other filmmakers who can follow the journey as the film transforms into a finished piece that everyone can enjoy.
Film financing is one of the most challenging steps in any filmmaker's career, and unfortunately, many great, fantastic, and wonderful ideas never get made, simply because the filmmakers cannot raise the finance needed.
You may be wondering how we are going to use the money! The majority of money raised will be used to pay the cast and crew, as we believe everyone should be paid for the work they do. Many filmmakers have to go through the route of convincing cast and crew to work for free but we believe everyone on our team deserves to be compensated for their hard work and commitment. Outside of wages, we also have to rent equipment, rehearsal and audition spaces, cover expenses, props, costumes...the list goes on!
Nathan is a director from North London.
From an early age Nathan was always obsessed with film, growing up watching as much as he could in awe of the storytelling. The greatest influence in his formative years was Steven Speilberg, but in his teenage years, he began to understand the deeper complex nature of film and diversify his interests outside of traditional Western filmmaking.
Nathan's main love is drama, real stories of real people, and directors such as Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold. Nathan's first success came when working in documentary, co-producing and directing his first feature, Sleaford Mods - Invisible Britain, whilst in the second year of his BA degree
I have somewhat of a personal connection to this story which is what drew me as soon as I read the script. I did not meet my own father till I was 18, and all I knew was his first name and that he lived in South Africa. When I was 21 or 22 he offered me the chance to fly out to Johannesburg to meet a whole new side of my family. During this 2 month trip, we also drove several thousand kilometers across South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. I have some truly mesmerising experiences, like visiting Victoria Falls or driving across the Makgadikgadi salt pans, plus some utterly terrifying ones whilst taking a Makoro trip through the long reeds in the flooded Okavango delta (all the spiders run to the top of the reeds!)
Throughout these times it was a great chance for connection and bond building, and although (sadly) not set in picturesque southern Africa, Kindling give me a chance to share my experiences on screen.
Sam studied screenwriting at university and has since gone on to work as a freelance script reader and editor, as well as various other non-film industry jobs over the years. He has written two feature films and Kindling will be his first short film credit. His previous works include Prototype (2022) and Return of the Salem Witch (2022).
Kindling is proud to champion progressive development within the film industry. Sustainability is at the heart of our production. We will be working with the BAFTA-affiliated company ‘Albert’ who are the authority on environmental sustainability for film and TV. Our production team will be attending Albert’s training sessions which will prepare us to manage our environmental impact throughout the film production process, enabling us to obtain the Albert Sustainable Production Certificate.
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There is not one single department this will not help, from camera and sound to hair and makeup. We have the highest expectations with Kindling and will be working with some of the most talented young people in the UK Film Industry, and we want to give them all the tools and materials necessary for them to show off their skills.
Anna Sabino is a Producer based in London. She has worked in the Production Department for the past 7 years on a variety of projects, including feature films, shorts, music videos, corporate films, and commercials.