A short film from award-winning playwright Finnius Teppett,
supported by the NZ Film Commission.
Democracy is an incredibly serious comedy about the perils of
whānau life. What if you could choose your
Over breakfast one morning a dad, Len, is voted out of his
He mounts a campaign for re-election, but soon discovers that he's
not the only one in the running. A colleague from the office, Mary,
has her eye on his ex-wife and ex-kids, and the two of them go
head-to-head in a battle for the family's affection.
As Mary emerges the clear family favourite, Len digs deep and asks
himself: how low will he go?
Last year we were chuffed to receive a $10,000 grant towards the
production of Democracy, through the NZ Film Commission's 'Fresh
Shorts' programme. On its long journey the script has become
tighter, deeper, and funnier, thanks to a stint at Script to
Screen's annual short film lab, input from director Robert Sarkies
as well as some extremely valuable mentorship from amazing
writer/director Roseanne Liang.
We need to raise a further $5,500 to go towards the real costs of
making the film, including feeding our cast and crew, and ensuring
that our all locations and props and characters look as brilliant
On the back of the script we've managed to put together an amazing
production team, who'll be providing their time and resources for
way less than what they could get on a big famous movie. We've got
nearly everything we need to give this film a really good shot at
some of the world's best festivals. The money we raise will make
sure we can make the best version of this strangely funny, and
weirdly truthful story.
Finnius Teppett is a writer from Wellington. His
plays have won awards and been staged around the world. He's a
graduate of Victoria University's IIML with an MA in scriptwriting
and is a co-writer of White Man Behind A Desk. Democracy is Finnius'
debut film project.
Producer Bevin Linkhorn and his company,
Company, is assembling a brilliant team of creative
collaborators, to help realise the unique vision of Finnius'
script. The team includes Director of Photography
Matt Henley, a terrific cast (stand-by for
announcements), and we're grateful for wonderful support from
friendly film companies including Rocket Rentals,
Sauce Fims, Avalon Studios and
WHERE TO FROM HERE
The shoot is scheduled for the end of April. We're excited to
get the film made. We're ready to go.
You can join us on the journey of this film by following Finnius
on Twitter and Good Times Company on Facebook, both links
NZ income earners qualify for a 33% tax credit on their donations
from the IRD. The Arts Foundation will email a receipt after the
Thank you for your support!
17 HOURS AGO
We're extremely excited to announce that 'Democracy' will star
the irrepressible Danny Mulheron as the father who gets voted out
of his family. He's a legend. We've got further roles to announce
in due course.
Our Boosted campaign closes TONIGHT at midnight! Will we make our
ONE WEEK TO GO
6 DAYS AGO
A reminder message from Finnius that our campaign has one week
to go. Will we make our stretch target of $8,500? Will more coffee
be spilt? Watch to find out.
WHOOP! 100% reached!
1 WEEK AGO
We've made our target with 11 days still to run! Thank you to
all our donors. We are tickled pink.
NOW we're going for our stretch goal. Any further funds raised
will go towards trying to afford an EXTRA SHOOT DAY which will give
Finnius slightly more breathing room to create brilliant
performances with our cast and crew.
STRETCH GOAL TOTAL: $8,500
Thank you again to everyone who has contributed. We're excited
about making the film knowing you've backed us.
Finnius & Bevin (& Dougal the dog too)
2 WEEKS AGO
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Democracy
crowdfunding so far! We've already reached 77% of our target thanks
to the generosity of wonderful donors. We're blown away.
TEAM UPDATE: We're really pleased to have experienced director of
photography Matt Henley on board Democracy. Matt shoots
commercials, music videos, Vice documentaries, and many many short
films. Check out his showreel: http://matthenley.co.nz/