BAFTA called the Sherbet script "a scenic, tense and emotive drama with a ‘seize the day’ theme, relatable characters and thought-provoking dialogue. A story of two characters forced to open up and challenge each other to overcome their fears and be authentic over the course of the cab journey."
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We all once had big dreams, right? We all wanted to be something when we were kids. Astronauts. Veterinarians. Pilots. Scientists. How many of us fed those wildly ambitious dreams? How many of us achieved said dreams? Everyone has their own dreams. Some are actively pursuing them, and some are not. For most of us, "real life" got in the way and took over. Responsibility and paying our bills took precedent. Those dreams died alongside our childlike vigour.
Sherbet is an exploration of those that aren't chasing their dreams and those that can't chase their dreams.
Set entirely inside the confines of an Uber, on what seems like just another late-night taxi fare, this particular trip is anything but, altering the course of the lives of both driver and rider.
Rene had big dreams, he always aspired to be an author, but circumstances and life always got in the way. Now approaching middle age and watching the opportunity and life pass him by, an embattled, frustrated, and bitter Rene drives a cab to make ends meet. A chance encounter changes everything.
One evening 15-year-old Isa enters his cab and his life. At first, he perceives her as an annoyance/inconvenience on what he hoped was another simple and quiet journey, but as the truth comes to light about Isa’s terminal cancer diagnosis, this goes from a dime-a-dozen taxi fare to a life-changing experience that forces Rene to confront things in his life that he has been running from for the longest time.
Why this story? And why now?
First of all, we can all agree that it is a very familiar and relatable concept - having a very deep conversation with a cab driver. I think anyone who has ridden for a long time in a cab has experienced the unique conversation that can take place between rider and driver. A novelty that won’t be around forever, there will come a time where car services will solely invest in self-driven cars, and the driver/passenger dynamic will disappear, reduced to a memory, making this film a purposeful and passionate time capsule of sorts.
The idea is inspired by one particular occasion when I was talking to a taxi driver about my debut short Mark’d, and upon describing it, the driver took a keen interest in it and asked if I could send him a link. A week later, I got a random email from said taxi driver saying he had watched the film and had identified that he had been the victim of gaslighting by his wife and that he hadn’t even realised this was a thing, and that the new information will change his life. I often sit and wonder if it did. The most innocuous, fleeting conversation with a stranger can send their life on a different trajectory, and there is real weight, beauty, and responsibility in that. This film explores that.
Who are we?
Making films is an expensive business. We’ve given ourselves the added challenge of paying everyone a minimum wage. Everyone except ourselves (Director/Producer/DOP). We feel that asking people to give of their skills for free is prohibitive and part of the current problem of making the arts inaccessible to people of a working class, or you know normal, background.
Our budget goal is £10,000, but whatever we ultimately end up funding we will find a way to bring this project to life.
What most of your money will go to:
- Despite our project being set in just one location, that location is a continuously moving taxi cab. We plan on achieving this in the safest way possible and in a controlled environment, so have chose to shoot it on a sound stage. With the entirety of our story unfolding inside this car, we need our environment to feel as real as possible, to really immerse our audience, and we feel this is really important. To achieve this we will need a spacious studio and lots of equipment. Budget depending, and if the crowdfund is wildly succesful we would really love to shoot it with virtual production, a method that has come to the forefront in recent years, having been used in 'The Mandalorian', 'Dune' & 'The Batman'.
- Naturally, with the entire film being set inside of a cab, with both of our characters just conversing it's super important to find the most talented actors to pull this off. The project hinges on our actors ability to carry the scene so we have approached and are in talks with/on the verge of finalising some high profile actors within the british scene and are looking to announce out castings in the coming weeks.
- We feel very strongly about paying everyone involved fairly. Far too often crew are asked to work for free or very low pay which we won't be doing. To pull this off we need some really talented crew in all areas to make it believable and realistic as possible and that can't be done cheap.
What happens if we don't raise the funds?
Don’t be silly. We believe in you.