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Briar Hill filmmaker launches crowd- funding campaign to take award-winning screenplay Innuendo onto big screen

posted Jan 5, 2015, 10:24 PM by J Shaw   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 11:07 PM ]

BRIAR Hill filmmaker Saara Lamberg is creating a project that the people of Diamond Valley can really get behind.

Lamberg’s screenplay Innuendo won a bronze award at the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest last year and she is now raising money to get the film into production.

Already critically lauded for her short films, the actor, writer, producer and director will make the leap to feature-length with the psychological thriller and she is calling on her community for support.

Lamberg has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo with donor packages starting from $20.

She hopes to raise $50,000.

The larger the donation, the better the perks, including a film credit, memorabilia from the set and for $10,000 you can have a walk-on role in the movie.

“The main character is a disillusioned life model who starts to imagine things about people in the class, but little by little these fantasies become reality; it’s quite a dark story,” Lamberg said.

The other main character is a chainsaw artist, and Lamberg is working closely with renowned Eltham artist Leigh Conkie.

She is also scouting filming locations around the Diamond Valley.

Lamberg said there was a positive buzz when she took her campaign to last year’s Eltham Town Fair.

“A lot of people were offering to be extras or offering locations for us; I think most people don’t ever get to be a part of making a film so there is a lot of local support for this,” Lamberg said.

She said larger production companies with bigger budgets had shown interest in the project, but Lamberg wanted to tell the story in her own way.

“I haven’t closed the door on that yet, but I believe we can make a great film with this budget,” she said.

“The great thing about crowd funding is that by putting the idea out there you can see what level of support there is.

“If people donate they are already saying this is something they want to see.

“And every single dollar counts.”

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