A short film producer from Milton Keynes is hoping his latest tale will be a hit with festival audiences.
Ciall Kennett, who is currently finishing his university studies in Derby, has produced short film Butterfly. Produced by Ciall and written and directed by Alex Withers, Butterfly tells the story of a 16-year-old competitive swimmer whose world is turned upside-down when she suffers her first epileptic seizure in years.
Through crowdfunding website IndieGoGo the film exceeded its original target of £1,000 within 72 hours to raise in total over £2,100. After passing its first goal, it was agreed that 10 per cent of contributions made in the final 10 days would be donated to Epilepsy Action in support of those with epilepsy. A total of £87.20 was donated to the charity. The film-making team hope that this story can shed a small light on what it means to suffer from epilepsy. As swimming is a sport requiring great determination and one in which losing consciousness or lucidity means a life-threatening situation, it emerged naturally as the ideal backdrop for Butterfly, bringing with it both the wonder and fear that the water can inspire.
When Ciall – who suffers from a very mild form of epilepsy similar to that of the main character – joined the project it began its journey from script to screen over months of planning and fundraising. The film was shot on location in Derby and Sheffield in March 2014 and is now undergoing a post-production process. A total cast and crew of 28 worked on the £3,500 budget film.