FLAMINGO is a feature film about architects Frankie and Ben who
are stuck on a rooftop for the weekend together after the door
blows shut at their office party. This is an opportunity to support
an intelligent, funny, life-affirming and edgy film about two
characters falling for each other while trying to put their lives
back on track. Written and directed by Richard Riddiford, that's
me, I am hoping to raise $20,000 to fund a seven-day shoot.
FLAMINGO is very much a performance piece and I am incredibly
lucky to have found Emma Leonard and Ryan
O'Kane to play Frankie and Ben. Emma is best known for her role
as schoolteacher Tracey in 800 Words, and Ryan is currently playing
on Shortland Street. These are two actors to watch and FLAMINGO
will be a great showcase for their talents.
Sometimes limitations turn out to be great opportunities and
being stuck on a rooftop demands much of the story and the
characters to open up the world beyond its physical restrictions.
There is a very playful aspect to the characters, and part of the
fun is the imaginary worlds Frankie and Ben dream up to play with,
charm and provoke each other. The film begins with an office party
to celebrate a commission by the Zoo, a new visitors' centre in the
style of an ark. Flamingos and a crocodile are decorations at the
party and soon these creatures become part of the story and the
film takes on a wonderful mystical dimension.
Writer and Director Richard Riddiford has over 30 years
experience in the film industry. He has directed two feature films
- Arriving Tuesday and Zilch - and made over 30 documentaries.
Cameraman Sean Loftin has worked on drama, commercials, and
documentaries in more than 20 countries. Editor Peter Robert's work
includes the award-winning Dark Horse, Hip Hop-eration, and Clever
How you can help
We are running a 30-day 'Boosted' campaign to raise $20,000 to
shoot the film. Please help us reach our target by making a
tax-deductible contribution to our campaign. 'Boosted' is an all or
nothing platform, meaning if we don't reach our target in thirty
days we won't receive a single dollar. If the target isn't raised
you will get your money back. Please spread the word by sharing
this page with your network. We need to get the word out there.
How will we use this money?
Your donation will cover the cost of the seven-day shoot.
Equipment rental, crew and cast fees, location hire and meals are
all expenses we need to meet in getting this done.
Thank you so much for reading this and it would be great
if you would share this with your network.
We're on the roof!
9 MONTHS AGO
Many thanks for all your contributions. We have shot eight days on the rooftop and have one more day to go. Nearly there!
The Flukes perform!
10 MONTHS AGO
Yesterday The Flukes performed to support Flamingo. Aren’t they awesommme!! 🎬