A start-up business has benefitted from support from Bradford Council and the wider business community after shooting a film on a budget of just £60. Gatecrasher, a film about obsession, ambition and consequences, features ITV’s Emmerdale and Marchlands actor Ryan Prescott and is the brainchild of actor and producer Frank Ryan and writer Adam Hughes who met while performing at Bradford Playhouse.
The quality of the script – which was written in just a week – secured the interest of distribution companies in London and Los Angeles even before filming began in Bradford earlier this year. Interest was so high that Frank and Paul looked or professional business support to help guide them through the minefield of finance and legalities involved in distribution.
Frank, who enlisted the support of director Paul Cockroft to produce the film, said: “The film generated such interest so quickly that we knew we needed structure and business advice to get the film – and our production company HCR Films – off the ground. We had several meetings with Chamber business advisers who helped us formalise a plan for our business development and ensured financial and legal requirements were arranged and managed as production and distribution of the film continued. “
He added: “Support from Rising Stars has been invaluable in the development of Gatecrasher and subsequently in formalising our production company HCR Films. They recognised our potential and assisted us in areas, like finance and legalities, where we had very little knowledge and experience.
“The local business community has also made the production of the film possible – from The Midland Hotel who provided the location free of charge to Lahore Deli who provided ten days of free on location catering – together we have created one of the highest impact, lowest budget films in cinematic history!”
West and North Yorkshire Chamber Manager Carolyn Coleman said HCR Films “Gatecrasher” is a very exciting project with the business demonstrating potential for fast growth and employment opportunities. She explained: “Rising Stars improved the structure of the business by setting up a limited company and arranging viable banking and also took care of all legal issues including release forms and copyright administration so the business could continue to grow as projected.”
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Employment, Skills and Culture, added: “Bradford is well known for its association with film and Gatecrasher sounds like a film with great potential. Rising Stars has played a vital role in building up the business element so that the production company and its film have a better chance of success.”