Appeal to help Katie’s script reach the screen

BAFTA nominee Katie White

Appeal to help Katie’s script reach the screen

An award winning writer – who also supports students with communication needs at Forth Valley College – is appealing for help to get her latest film made.

Katie White, who works in the college’s Business and Communities Department, has attracted top Scottish acting talent including Katie Dickie (Game of Thrones and Prometheus), Kevin Guthrie (Dunkirk, Sunshine on Leith and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald) and Briony Monroe (The Black Gloves, Matriarch and Eggshells), to star in her thought provoking new film ‘Killing Me Softly With Her Love’.

Former Scottish BAFTA nominee Katie, who won the Iris Award for writing the script for her film ‘Middle Man’, has already run a successful crowd-funding appeal to help get the new film completed.

She hopes to shoot the production in Laurieston, Falkirk over three days in February, but needs to now raise extra funds. A total of £6,200 has already been raised, but she hopes a final fundraising push will help cover post production costs, and give the completed film the opportunity to enter high-end film festivals around the world.

Katie is hoping local businesses will follow the example of popular Falkirk bar and restaurant Behind The Wall, and come on-board to support the project. Any new sponsor would see their company logo being seen both at home and abroad at festival screenings. 

Anyone who donates will be allowed to view the completed version of the film through a private online showing, before full release.

The film tells the story of Jessica, a terminally ill teenager who asks her mother to help her take back control of her body after years of suffering from an unamend debilitating condition, and help with an assisted suicide on her 18th birthday.

Directed by respected Scottish independent film director Colin Ross Smith, the 12 minute film tackles a controversial subject with realism, humour and sensitivity and explores the complex nature of human relationships.

Katie, who has been a communication support worker for 15 years at the college and in local high schools, has written 13 short films, several plays and is working on a series of children’s books. She said: “The project itself is beyond exciting and it is really humbling to have such a high calibre cast and crew working on it. We’ve had a lot of support already, for which we are eternally grateful. More than 1,100 people have liked our Facebook page which is fantastic, but we would welcome as many people as possible to donate to help us promote the film as much as we can.”

Anyone wanting to donate can do so directly to Katie or email her at kathleen.white@forthvalley.ac.uk  or contact the Director at colin.smith@foghornfilms.co.uk

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