Six year is a long time for writer Timothy Wilde to be living with the characters of his new film “Unrequited.” He has surrounded himself with amazingly talented Aussies to create this film. “Unrequited” tells the story of infatuated anti- hero Benjamin, who is dangerously lost in the throes of obsession. His ex-girlfriend bares the brunt of this, until Benjamin witnesses a murder that puts both their lives in jeopardy. It’s now down to him to protect the woman he loves, but he needs your help.
The creative group named Cavorter approached Indiegogo, an international online crowd funding platform to create a campaign that offers everyday Australians the opportunity to financially contribute to the film and directly influence the narrative by determining whether or not Benjamin’s “life” is worth saving.
It is an innovative approach to film- funding and has successfully raised $7400. They are only a few thousand dollars short of completion. Producer Michelle Cotterill believes, “Crowd funding will create a receptive community around the stories we tell. We believe in the stories that are being created and we want to make friends with those who love them too. By connecting with our contributors online we have a responsibility to keep them entertained and interested, so that when it comes time to make something bigger they will want to continue with us on that journey.”
Executive Producer Alex Alexander explains, “By actively involving the audience in both the narration and production of ‘Unrequited’ through the crowding funding campaign, we are creating a community that has a vested interest in the project and its success, and as a collective we view this as the future of content creation and distribution.” “Securing funding is a huge challenge across the board for the film industry and consequently many great stories are left untold and the artistry of cast and crew alike unrealised. Crowd funding allows us to approach a new audience, the broader community, rather than the already overwhelmed traditional film funding groups and by doing so offers them the unique opportunity to be part of the film process for as little as $25.
Emmy-award winning writer Tim Wilde explains, “Noir was usually cheap but most importantly it was an effective way to tell stories concerning the dark side of the human experience while maintaining the moral decency enforced in a time when sexuality and violence were highly censored. I didn’t choose for it [Unrequited] to be film noir, the characters and story world dictated it.”