Media Release: Scottish actress, Barbara Rafferty, stars in new film

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MUCH-loved Scottish actress Barbara Rafferty takes on the leading role in new film, The Boarding House, by young writer now film-maker, Ailie Hunter.

Begins a spokesperson: “The Boarding House is adapted for screen from Hunter’s short play Blindfold, which was well received when it got a reading at the Citizens Circle Theatre, as part of the Born to Write project by Mark MacNicol.

“The film focuses on a poisonous mother/daughter relationship on the night the mother introduces her adult daughter to her strange new boyfriend. Downstairs a weird funeral is taking place and both upstairs and downstairs move from politeness to nastiness as the evening wears on, until the two worlds collide.

“The film is being crowdfunded on the UK’s leading real crowdfunding platform, Bloom VC (Venture Catalyst). Crowdfunding is an innovative new funding model which allows projects to source finance directly from end users, customers and even strangers.”

Hunter turned to crowdfunding because she found it difficult to find the money she needed through traditional funding routes.

She said: “There isn’t really much funding for short films in Scotland, and I think this could be the way forward for people in the creative industries in Scotland to get projects made. I chose Bloom because it was recommended to me.”

This sentiment is echoed by successful crowdfunder Fraser Coull, who raised £2,060 through Bloom VC, and believes that crowdfunding fills a gap for the film industry, which doesn’t have major funding bodies for smaller projects. Nine film projects to date have been successfully funded through Bloom.

Backers of Hunter’s project can receive a walk on part in the film, an exclusive invite to the screening or even producer credits in return for making a promise. Hunter is confident her campaign will succeed – Barbara Rafferty initially supported the film project after reading the play script.

Hunter said: “Barbara Rafferty nailed the part of Virginia straight away, the first time she read it in Castlemilk Community Centre. Then she mentioned to me after the performance in the Citizens that I should do something with the character, and I told her I was going to make it as a film. Then she said she’d like to play her. I was over the moon.”

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