A huge congratulations out to my partner’s old friend Andrew O’Keefe and his partner Tuuli in achieving their crowd funding goal on Pozible.com. Along with Steve Jablonkski they are producing a new feature film adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. They’re doing it with the help of the film school of Melbourne University (where Andrew lectures) and, needless to say, the whole production is operating on the tightest of budgets and an army of volunteers.
I’ve been helping, albeit in a very small way, through setting up and hosting the website crimeandpunishment.com.au – although in the end we decided the best solution would be a simple wordpress theme, so my involvement has been minimal since then. For the last couple of months Andrew, Tuuli and Steve have done an amazing job on social media, especially Facebook, in drumming up support for the movie as the January 2nd Pozible deadline approached – these guys can really teach anyone I’ve worked with in media and marketing a thing or two, I’ve been massively impressed.
They are filming the movie this month in and around Melbourne – which on its own should be an interesting twist on the original – which is set in a cold, damp St. Petersburg. As I write this Melbourne is bracing itself for heatwave with temperatures set to hit 40+ degrees today and for the next few days, so if they were looking for a different backdrop then they have certainly got it.
I can’t wait to see how it turns out and with any luck I’ll get a chance to be an extra in the movie.. just need to find some precious time to make it happen. If you’re interested in finding out about the movie, or even becoming an extra yourself, then check out the website or the Facebook page.