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Two disabled film-makers make cheeky request / 13 September 2008

Director and Producer team Catherine Taylor and Dolly Sen are exceptional people, and despite having severe mental health difficulties, they have achieved so much.

Catherine Taylor and Dolly Sen are both students at the London College of Communication. Catherine Taylor has directed a feature film whilst still only in her 2nd year at university, and documentary for Channel Four.

Dolly Sen has written 8 books in 5 years, and is the person the media calls when they want someone to talk about madness. She has been on BBC breakfast News, Channel 5, Channel 4, Radio 4 & 5, most of the broadsheets, and was recently interviewed by Ruby Wax.

They need funding for the film they are passionately involved in but are having to face double discrimination in raising funds. One, because of their disability; and two, because the subject matter is a lesbian love story.

However, high production values do not come cheap. We have received overwhelming support for the project so far. The donations we have received include use of a swimming pool for ten days, 35mm film cameras from Arri Media, and HD cameras and underwater housings from Liquid Noise films. The prestigious Aquabatix Synchronized Swimming Team, many of whom are recent Olympians, and whose credits include Austin Powers and Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labours Lost, are participating for expenses. I have been lucky enough to entice the best of the crew that I have worked with in the past into working on The Drowners and to waive their fee, but expenses are still expensive.

My reason for contacting you is that the film is a student project and we are in desperate needs of funds. We have secured £3,000 already, which is a huge leap for us, but we still need a further £7,000 to complete the project. We are asking bodies whatever they can come up with, in donations of cash or kind. In return we are open to ideas for product placement- the film has already secured at least two screenings at the National Film Theatre and numerous photo shoots in various magazines, and co-operative promotional ideas.

We are asking people whatever they can come up with, in donations of cash or kind. In return we are open to ideas for product placement- the film has already secured at least two screenings at the National Film Theatre and numerous photo shoots in various magazines, and co-operative promotional ideas.

Whilst any donation would be very much appreciated:

£50 gets you a warm fuzzy feeling, and an invitation to the premiere at the National Film Theatre.

£100 gets you a credit in the film, and an invitation to the screening at the National Film Theatre.

£200 gets you a credit in the film, the chance to be an extra in the film, and an invitation to the screening at the National Film Theatre.

£1000 gets you an Executive Producer’s credit, and a cameo in the film, and an invitation to the screening at the National Film Theatre.

Donate Safely via Paypal, or please send a cheque made out to C Taylor to 248 Fellows Court, Weymouth Terrace, Shoreditch, E2 8LL. Please include your details, especially an email address!

For paypal payments, please make payments to catmanstar@yahoo.co.uk or follow the paypal link on www.catherinetaylor.co.uk

Any help you can give would be very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Catherine Taylor (Director) The Drowners.