This theatrical documentary will journey to the heart of one of
New Zealand music's most dramatic tales, that of Martin Phillipps
and his band The Chills.
It is the story of a man who stood atop the Everest of the music
world for a brief but glorious moment. But it is also the story of
what happens after the glory, about learning to cope with life
threatening repercussions, and the true cost of maintaining an
uncompromising creative vision.
The documentary will shine a light on a movement in our musical
history, integral not just as an influence to our own musicians,
but to many musicians abroad - The Dunedin Sound, allowing the city
of Dunedin to reach the world stage.
This film will be an intimate telling of Martin Phillipps
journey, but will also capture thoughts and insights from those who
were connected to or influenced by The Chills.
As this documentary will record Martin and The Chills in the
present day, alongside the historical story, it is important that
we film now!
The aim is for a 2019 release of the film at a prominent
international festival before making a theatrical debut in New
Zealand and abroad.
The film is being made by award winning documentary
production company Notable Pictures, whose previous credits include
the Prime Rocks documentaries; Dragon, The New Sound of Country and
The Exponents. This will be Notable's second theatrical
documentary, the first having also been based in Dunedin - Wilbur:
The King in the Ring. Bringing together a wealth of knowledge and
experience the team will create a world-class documentary destined
for the international festival circuit.
PROGRESS SO FAR
The producers already have strong support from the international
film industry, including:
A conditional offer of investment from the New Zealand Film
Investment by NZ On Air
Free-to-Air television rights secured by Prime
A distribution deal for Australasia from Madman Entertainment -
previous titles include Hunt for the Wilderpeople and upcoming
Continued interest from A list film festivals
Reputable international sales agencies considering the
A grant from Dunedin City Council
Support from musical celebrities including Ryan Adams &
Equipment support from Queenstown Camera Company
WHAT WE NEED NOW
Even with all this support, we still need to find funds to
reach the budget required to ensure we make a New Zealand feature
film that will have an impact worldwide.
We invite you to join the other supporters and help us bring
this film to life!
This 41-day campaign will run alongside our equity outreach and
we welcome any contribution big or small. As a bonus, your donation
will be tax deductible.
These contributions will go towards the filmmaking essentials,
ensuring we are able to capture all the critical moments that are
happening right now - such as a gig at the iconic Captain Cook and
Martin's struggles with liver disease along side searching for
archive and filming interviews.
Since Boosted is an all-or-nothing platform we have set a target
we felt we could realistically achieve in 41 days. The total gap in
finance we still need to secure is $280,000. Every little bit
WHAT YOU WILL GET
Apart from your tax rebate, you will receive our enduring
gratitude, as well as updates on the projects progress. This means
you will be among the first to know of any good news the project
has. And most importantly you become one of our key supporters.
Thank you for taking the time to consider backing this
Donations qualify for a tax credit: NZ income earners qualify
for a 33% tax credit on their donations from the IRD with a receipt
automatically provided by The Arts Foundation (as The Arts
Foundation is a registered charity) for any donation made.
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Photos by: Chris Sullivan