The Mire

The first collaboration between the Portsmouth-based production companies Apple Park Films and Familiar Stranger Films, The Mire is a contained thriller that explores the darkest sides of manipulation and how those we trust can lie their way into the most vulnerable parts of our lives.

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The Mire

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‘If you want to get rich, start a religion.’ – L Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology.



Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to our campaign be it financially or by sharing and spreading the word.

As of writing this we still have nine days left on our schedule so we're having a SALE and slashing the prices of perks by 1/3. If you fancied a perk before but were a bit unsure, NOW is the time to grab one!


The Mire is an independent, contained thriller to be shot in Portsmouth, UK during October 2021. The story follows the charismatic cult leader Joseph Layton who, when caught mid-escape, must manipulate his two most loyal followers into letting him go so he can flee with money he has stolen from them, before he is forced to join their mass suicide. The film is a battle of wits played out across one evening as all three parties attempt to manipulate, reform, and out-plot the others.

We have managed to secure 84% of the funding for The Mire through our previous crowdfunding efforts, deferments, and a stock share. We now need your help to top up the final 16% of our funds and get us over the line and into production for the start of principal photography in October 2021.

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The Team

Director Adam Nelson

Adam Nelson

Adam is the Director of the award-winning feature film Little Pieces, which garnered critical acclaim during its initial review run and was nominated for a 2016 National Film Award alongside some of that year's most prominent films including 45 Years, Macbeth, and The Danish Girl. He has since directed the acclaimed, award-winning short film Emotional Motor Unit and Toilet Humor, a segment for the horror anthology I Am An Addict which was recently released on blu-ray.

Producer Tom Byrne

Tom Byrne

Tom is a Producer at Familiar Stranger Films and Director of the short film Reanimated, a modern-day retelling of the Lovecraft classic Herbert West - Reanimator. Reanimated was selected for the 25th Annual HP Lovecraft Film Festival, a festival focusing on film adaptations of Lovecraft's work. Tom was a Producer on the feature anthology I Am An Addict, where he and Adam first worked together.

Screenwriter Chris Watt

Chris Watt

A member of BAFTA Scotland, Chris is an acclaimed Screenwriter, Novelist, and Film Critic based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. As well as The Mire, Chris has two feature screenplays, Freight, and Follow Up, in pre-production with Stronghold Films and has recently had his screenplay Bruise optioned by On The Western Front Films. His novel Peer Pressure is available on Amazon.

The Talent

Antony Knight is Joseph Layton

Antony Knight - Joseph Layton

Antony Knight is a Hampshire-based actor, who started his career at the late age of 44. Since then he has found great success in both starring and support roles. Capable of action, comedy, drama, and thriller work, Antony continues to show his range in both feature and short films including I Am An Addict and The Immortality Code. He plays our lead, Joseph Layton, the charismatic cult leader who has set his followers on a deadly path for his own monetary gain, but will his two most loyal followers force him back into the fold?

Holly McLachlan is Hannah Headley

Holly McLachlan

Holly McLachlan is a Hampshire based actor who trained at Arts University Bournemouth in 2018 and has since been practicing her craft within the local community within theatre and film. She plays Hannah Headley, a lost soul, running from her past and looking for a family. She finds a home in Joseph and The Canon.

Joseph Adelakun is Marshall Jones

Joseph Adelakun

Joseph Adelakun is a graduate of Rose Bruford College and his theatre credits include plays at the National Theatre such as The Winter's Tale and Comedy of Errors, and at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Titus Andronicus. He also appears in films such as The Mime and Love Bitten for Dan Allen films, and the upcoming A Christmas Number One for Sky Cinema. Joe plays Marshall Jones, a devout follower of The Canon who has been with Joseph since the very beginning. Will he be able to bring his friend and mentor back into line? Or will he have to resort to his old, violent ways?

Why Support The Mire?

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Support Localised Filmmaking

Film-making in the UK is largely centred around the larger metropolitan cities, with a focus on drawing in large, international productions that spend a lot of money. The result of this is a slim and focused independent film scene, especially compared to our US counterparts. The needle swings between artistically driven independent films with limited commercial appeal, or low budget crime and gangster films that appeal to a very specific market base.

The producers of The Mire believe there is a middle ground to produce low-budget genre films with commercial appeal to a wide audience. We also believe that there is room to tell stories outside of the major metropolitan areas and promoted the viability of film-making all around the UK. We are shooting The Mire in Portsmouth, a city that is varied and interesting, a place where films can and should be made. By supporting The Mire you are helping us to support localised, independent, genre film-making.

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We Are Almost There!

As a team, we've been working on The Mire since September 2020 and have suffered delays and set backs around covid-19 and this has in turn affected our fund raising activities. As of July 2021 we have secured 84% of our budget. This crowdfunding campaign represents the final 16% of the funds we need. 16% seems like almost nothing, yet the the final 20% of a budget is usually the hardest part to raise. With your help we can secure the final chunk of our budget and begin principal photography in October 2021. The film is essentially oven ready, all we need is to get over this final hurdle.

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Cool Stuff!

In order to ensure all of the money we receive from your kind donations appears on the screen in The Mire we're offering you props and services as rewards for contributing to The Mire. These include:

  • A digital copy of the soundtrack, composed by Imraan Husain.
  • A printed copy of the final shooting script, signed by the cast and crew.
  • One of four prop books used in the film containing an early draft of the screenplay. These are one-of-a-kind bound books and will be signed by the cast and crew.
  • If you're local to Portsmouth or can film yourself in 4K you can be a part of a key sequence in the film.
  • You can join members of the cast and crew for an online watch party, where we will laugh, joke, and share stories from the shoot. We'll even answer your questions about the production if you're extra nice!
  • Actors can get a personalised three-page monologue written by our BAFTA Scotland Screenwriter, Chris Watt.
  • Chris and Adam are offering screenwriters the chance to get up to four pages of notes on one of their screenplays.
  • Ever fancied being able to call yourself a movie producer? For our top reward, you can do just that! Become a Contributing Producer and get the bragging rights that come with that title.

We have some secret perks that are available to specific parties who may be interested in contributing a little more or have their business feature in The Mire.

Do you own/operate a business in the Portsmouth area? Contact us about getting the front of your store/premises into the opening titles of The Mire.

Interested in receiving a share of the profits from The Mire? Contact us about being an Executive Producer and owning up to 4% of The Mire's backend.

Don't want a perk but still want to support The Mire? Any donation no matter how small or large is gratefully received and you can donate without selecting a perk. Even if you can't contribute, please share our campaign! Getting the word out to those who we may not be able to reach directly can really help us.

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Thank You!

A huge thank you from all of us working on The Mire. Thank you for showing an interest in The Mire. Thank you for your time and energy when sharing our campaign. And of course, thank you for your very kind and generous contributions. We appreciate every single one.

Follow our progress at the social media links below and join us on this wild ride!

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Pledge without reward:

You can make a pledge to support The Mire without a reward. The minimum donation is £1.00.
Monologue - SALE PRICE

Are you an actor? Do you need a monologue for a showreel/upcoming audition? Our BAFTA Scotland Screenwriter, Chris Watt, will write you a monologue to suit your very needs. The monologue will be up to three pages and is for exclusive use by you.

Any specific characters/details will be discussed with Chris in advance of writing.

Digital Score - SALE PRICE

A download of the original score composed by Imraan Husain in MP3 or WAV format.

Watch Party! - SALE PRICE

Join us for an online watch party with some of the cast and crew. We'll stream the film, answer questions, and have a blast as we see the film come to life. If you're unable to make the watch party you'll be sent a private link to the film.

Printed Script - SALE PRICE

A printed copy of the final shooting script, signed by the cast and crew.

Script Notes - SALE PRICE

Writer Chris Watt and Director Adam Nelson are offering budding screenwriters the opportunity to get up to four pages of notes on their screenplay. Both are working screenwriters with a history of working in the industry. If there are areas you want to focus on in your notes, please get in touch ahead of the read. Chris is a member of BAFTA Scotland.

Note: This perk applies to one script per purchase. The notes will be from either Adam or Chris.

Copy of The Canon's Texts - SALE PRICE

We're printing four books to be used as props in the final film. Each book contains an early draft of the script (Draft 1 - 4) and will be signed by the cast and crew.

Each book will be randomly allocated and it'll be a surprise which draft you get!

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Be In The Mire - SALE PRICE

Can you film yourself in 4K? Can you get yourself down to Portsmouth to be filmed? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then you can be featured prominently in the film during a key scene. Please note: We will be unable to cover travel for this perk.

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Contributing Producer - SALE PRICE

As an Contributing Producer on the film, you will receive an IMDB credit, a mention in the closing credits, a social media shoutout, a ticket to our online watch party. If you are local to Portsmouth or can film in 4K you will also be offered a cameo appearance in a key scene.