• UK independent feature film to raise £640,000 via SyndicateRoom
  • Shooting for The Bromley Boys due to begin in October 2016
  • Search for young, local talent to support lead roles

Cambridge, UK – 12 September 2016 – SyndicateRoom today announces an opportunity for its members to invest in a UK independent film, with an all-star cast led by two of the UK’s household names. ItchyFishFilm, the film’s producers, are aiming to raise £640,000 to support production for the film and have already secured £305,000 with its lead investor group, fronted by Ken Anderson, Chairman of Bolton Wanderers FC. It will seek to secure the remaining funds via SyndicateRoom members.

This feel-good, family feature film, entitled The Bromley Boys (inspired by the book of the same name), brings together QI and Jonathan Creek favourite Alan Davies with former EastEnders and Love Actually starlet Martine McCutcheon. Hale and Pace's Gareth Hale and The Office's Ewen MacIntosh co-star alongside Jamie Foreman (EastEnders, Nil By Mouth, Layer Cake). It also stars Kidulthood star Adam Deacon who last year won Bafta’s Rising Star Award and Patrick Bergin (Sleeping With The Enemy and Patriot Games).

Described as 'Billy Elliot meets Bend It Like Beckham', The Bromley Boys is about Bromley football club during the 1969/1970 season, the film takes a nostalgic look back at the Kent soccer side when they were bottom of the lowest non-league division. The retro, feel-good feature tells the story of author Dave Roberts' 2008 memoir of the same name, and covers his teenage infatuation with the club along with his ambition to manage the team and his blossoming relationship with the chairman's daughter, Ruby.

Alan Davies plays the voice of Older Dave – the retrospective narrative that carries the whole film. While Martine McCutcheon co-stars as teenage Dave’s mother, Gertie. Meanwhile, a few famous faces from the world of football are also expected to appear in the film, which begins filming around London and the south-east in October. The film’s director is Steve Kelly (Doctors, The Bill and Judge John Deed) and the scriptwriter is Warren Dudley (The Cutting Room, Cage).

Steve Kelly, Director, comments:

“This film aims to tell a timeless coming-of-age story of a teenage infatuation, falling in love with the very heart of British life. As such, it is a story that many can identify with. I hope that individuals across Britain who can see a bit of themselves in the story take an equity stake in seeing this film’s success.”

Bromley actor and filmmaker TJ Herbert is producing the film, and has recently carried out a Bromley Borough wide search in the hope of finding local talent to play the leading roles of Dave Roberts and Ruby King. The search will be broadcast as a story line on a new structured reality show entitled ‘Stage School’. The show airs on E4 from early September.

TJ Herbert, Producer, said: “I fell in love with this story after spotting a poster for the book in my local Waterstones and reading it within a few hours, front to back. We want the British to fall in love with it too, so are engaging with people at every stage of the process. From recruiting local actors into the lead roles, to bringing local businesses on board as sponsors and/or equity investors. This has become quite a collaboration, which is not only great for Bromley FC but will also shine a light on the borough as a whole. And while the film is about Bromley and other non-league football clubs, the story is a universal one. At its heart, the film is about a teenage boy trying to stand out and fit in all at the same time – and at its soul, it’s about good old fashioned football fandom. We hope this film has something for everyone”.

Today’s announcement follows SyndicateRoom’s continued traction in raising finance for the creative industries, after the world’s first equity crowdfunded Hollywood movie, Salty, raised £1.9m through the platform earlier this year. Salty, which stars Antonio Banderas in the lead role, became the largest equity crowdfunded film project of all time. It also follows SyndicateRoom’s own research on the potential for the crowdfunding market, which found significant opportunity for the creative industries sector to benefit from crowdfunding, with favourability towards the entertainment sector increasing by up to 50% the more an individual is involved with their own investment decisions.

“We’re thrilled to welcome The Bromley Boys to the SyndicateRoom platform”, commented Gonçalo de Vasconcelos, CEO and co-founder of SyndicateRoom. “We’re seeing a trend towards films being funded in this way and recently we set a new record for the largest equity crowdfund film, Salty, directed by Simon West and starring Antonio Banderas. The Bromley Boys is yet another strong example of how crowdfunding is becoming the first choice of investment for raising funds by the creative industries – and I believe we’re set to see even more in the future.”

Filming begins this October and the release is scheduled for July 2017.

Media coverage of the story:

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