A film about sexual abuse inside a family is raising money to spend additional time filming in the Isle of Lewis.
Duck Daze is described as a Scottish short film about a woman who gets revenge on her childhood abuser and the community that enabled him.
The film is being created by Dresden Pictures, based in London, and has received £15,000 in funding from Scottish Film Talent Network.
The outside scenes are to be filmed on the Isle of Lewis and the film company is raising additional money via Kickstarter to extend their filming time on the Island, where location scouting was going on this week. The company has thanked Loganair for some support over their flight tickets. Overall, so far, £4575 of their £7000 goal has been raised.
Duck Daze is about a middle-aged woman who is at last ready to face up to the abuse from her past and wrestle with her personal demons - which include an imaginary duck.
The film company describe the work as “a unique, darkly comic and highly personal tale of survival and triumph created in the wake of #MeToo, written and directed by women with a cast of 3:1 women to men.
“Duck Daze tells the story of Johnina, a middle-aged woman arriving back to her devoutly Presbyterian child-hood home in the Outer Hebrides, for the funeral of her father, her childhood abuser.
“Now back in the community after many years, the memories of her abuse and the community turning a blind eye to it, forces Johnina to resort to old childhood habits of dissociation by bringing a duck in a painting to life.”
The company says the funds awarded by the Scottish Film Talent Network only "allow us to shoot the bulk of our film in central Scotland, while sending a splinter unit to the Isle of Lewis for one day to film certain exterior shots.
“We want to tell a story that’s authentic to the script - written in English and Gaelic. We want to raise more money so we can afford to film all of our exterior scenes on the Isle of Lewis, where Duck Daze is set.
“Travel and accommodation costs for our crew will increase the budget, but we also want to invest this additional funding back into local resources by working with as many local crew and contractors.
“We have already began working with a location manager from Lewis and we will continue to work with local companies and individuals while we’re on Lewis; from caterers, animal wranglers, accommodation providers and local businesses.”
Writer Julia Taudevan is an award winning actor, playwright and theatre maker. Her mother is from the Isle of Lewis and her father Australian. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, trained and worked in London for ten years and now lives in Glasgow.
Julia has been described as “one of the most exciting forces in Scottish Theatre” by Joyce McMillan for the Scotsman and has won the Playwrights Studio Scotland New Writers Award and the Tom McGrath Maverick Award.
Julia was one of five writers invited to participate in Scottish Film Talent Networks inaugural Write4Film programme - from where the script for Duck Daze came.
Director Alison Piper - pictured above arriving in Stornoway this week - has already directed a number of short films including most recently ‘Free Period’, a comedy drama that demands free sanitary care for young people in Scotland. After its first screening in the Scottish Parliament at the launch of MSP Monica Lennon’s members’ bill to end period poverty, Free Period has won awards at film festivals in the UK and internationally. Alison is drawn to stories that use humour to question taboos and highlight inequalities.
Producer James Heath, is the producer of post apocalyptic comedy feature, The Fitzroy. The film won awards at SXSW, Worldfest and was nominated for the LOCO discovery award
His short film producing credits include proof of concept ‘Biopunk’, ‘Sheep’, live action 3D short ‘Breath’ and festival hit ‘One Last Dance’ starring Jonathan Pryce.
Producer Tom Gentle, has also produced three short films and feature documentary. His first short, Lost Girl, was an official selection at various festivals worldwide, including London Short Film Festival and Amsterdam Lift Off Film Festival.
His feature documentary Uhuru, produced under extremely difficult circumstances for four months in Tanzania, premiered at San Francisco Documentary Film Festival.
Director of Photography Gabi Norland has twice won best Cinematography at Underwire festival, once for ‘Sis’ which was also BIFA nominated and won best short at Rushes in 2010 and for ‘The Treehouse’ in 2014.
Production Designer James Lapsley's work has bridged genres and styles, from delicately realised award winning dramas such as Shell (2012 Winner: Best Film 30th Turin Film Festival 2012) and Skeletons (2009 Winner: Best New British Feature, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010) through to high concept horror and Sci-fi such as Outpost: Black Sun, Kill Command, and The Creator and through to the smash hit Bodyguard TV series.