Monday, 27 January 2014

My novel is going to become a film! Hopefully...

Last month I signed a contract with JumpStart productions - an independent film company in Brighton - for the right to turn my novel 'Home for Christmas' into a film.

Nathalie, one of the co-owners of the company read my book and fell in love with it. She loved the story, she loved the characters and she really loved the location - the 'Picture Box' independent cinema which is based on the Duke of York's cinema in Brighton - where Nathalie happens to work! Signing the contract was a no brainer. Okay so they couldn't afford to pay me a penny to option my novel but that wasn't important. What mattered most was the fact that she loved my novel and was genuinely enthusiastic about turning it into a film.

With a day job, a toddler and a psychological suspense novel to edit (The Accident as my pen name CL Taylor) there was no way I'd be able to find the time to write the script so Jamie, co-owner of JumpStart, did that. I've been reviewing it and it's pretty much there.

A cast has been found - and what a cast! An actress from 'Skins', an actress from 'True Blood' and an actor from 'Where Eagles Dare'!

 April Pearson (Skins, Tormented) as Beth Prince.

 Lucy Griffiths (BBC's Robin Hood, True Blood).

Derren Nesbit as Grandad (Where Eagles Dare, Flawless).

 Production meetings are being held, locations are being scouted (we get to film in the Duke of York's - yay!) and now there's just the 'small' matter of funding.

JumpStart have applied for some grants  but we need as much money as we can get for the film to stand a chance of being made and that's why the producers have set up an indiegogo account to appeal for sponsors. For as little as £10 you can sponsor the film and get an 'executive producer' credit. For £250 you can buy product placement and/or your company logo in the credits and an 'associate producer' credit. I'm adding 20 signed copies of Home for Christmas for anyone who sponsors £25.

The indiegogo account expires on 14th February. After that your chance to support the film and see your name in the credits is gone forever!

I know times are hard so totally understand if you can't afford to sponsor the film but if you could , blog or Facebook about this I'd be eternally grateful. Or if you work for a company that fancies some product placement in a film or their logo in the credits do point them towards my blog or the link below! I've DREAMED about seeing my characters come to life on the big screen and that dream is nearly within touching distance. I promise to visit the set and blog a million photos and videos if it does happen.

To find out more please visit:
and click on the video (I may have done a little squee when I saw my book being waved about by Jamie the producer!)

Poster inside the Duke of York's cinema:

(if you've read 'Home for Christmas' you can just about make out the ticket sales area where Beth and Carl worked!).

Go on... for just £10 you can become part of chicklit film history! ;)


Wendy's Writing said...

This is very exciting for you, Cally - the very best of luck with it. As I only live twenty minutes from Brighton, I shall be the first to see it when it is shown at The Duke of Yorks.

CL Taylor said...

Wendy - ooh that would be brilliant. I haven't thought as far as other people watching it. I just desperately hope it's made!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

I'll definitely sponsor the film Cally - wish I could afford more than £25!

Congratulations, this is so exciting. x

CL Taylor said...

Thanks so much Debs; that's very kind. X

womagwriter said...

Wow, just wow, and will sponsor the film and blog about it too.

CL Taylor said...

Thanks Kath. I hugely appreciate the support.

penandpaints said...

Wow, this is amazing, how exciting, I'm so pleased for you!!

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CL Taylor said...

Thanks penandpaints. Crossing everything that they raise enough money.

D..J. Kirkby said...
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D..J. Kirkby said...

Just had to remove the typo from the previous comment…..I am so excited for you. I have made a little contribution ( you need a £50 option in there) and also posted on Facebook about your film. Good luck, your book (and you) deserve this!

CL Taylor said...

Thank you SO much DJ, that's incredibly generous of you. Xx