In 2012 myself (Alan Donohoe), my co-writer (Jamie Williamson) and our producer (Laura Purcell) raised £10000 to make our first ever feature film, ‘I Have a Bad Feeling About This’. We shot the film in the summer of that year and it was one of the best experiences of our lives. The film is now finished and currently being put into film festivals, as yet there are no plans for a release, but we do have every intention of finding a way to bring the film to a wider audience in the near future.
“Not that long ago. In a suburb not that far away…”
“I Have a Bad Feeling About This” is a quirky, upbeat, buddy-comedy/Sci-Fi adventure. The story follows the exploits of Andy and Sam, two Star Wars obsessed slackers in their early twenties, living in the suburbs of Liverpool. Sam is soon to be leaving Andy to go to university, but before they part ways for good, Andy and Sam must embark on a journey to the furthest reaches of town, to try and find a pair of tickets to a one-off showing of the original Star Wars trilogy. Along the way they meet dodgy ticket touts, angry yoga instructors, deranged thieves, clueless police, the suburban mafia and a dangerous hooded madman.
In the tradition of “Spaced” and “Clerks” and with a dollop of “The Inbetweeners” for good measure, “I Have a Bad Feeling About This” is a feel-good tale about friends, not wanting to grow up and realising that sometimes… you don’t really have to. It’s a film that hasn’t been attempted in this part of the world before. Spoken with an unheard voice and taken from a fresh perspective.
Jamie and I met in university, once we left finding work in the industry was tough, but between the two of us we were lucky enough to work as production and camera assistants and get to work with likes of Stephen Graham and Deborah Harry. But even with all of this we still felt a thirst to create our own projects. One night I couldn’t sleep and started listening to an interview with the director of Clerks ‘Kevin Smith’ on ‘The Nerdist Podcast’. During the interview he was asked what advice he could give to aspiring filmmakers and he said something along the lines of…
“If you keep trying and working at your own shit, sooner or later people just start coming by. If I can do it so can you”
That struck a chord. You can sit and listen to what other people tell you, about how tough it is to break the industry and how it’s impossible to get a movie made or you can do what someone like Kevin Smith did and you can go out and give it try. Do something about it. Take a shot. So I immediately sent Jamie a text message, saying something along the lines of…
“You know that feature script we’ve been writing… Let’s try and make it” Anyone else would of said “You’re crazy” but Jamie said “OK”.
Luckily I was surrounded by a good group of people. I had been working with the Liverpool based production company Hurricane Films with Roy Boulter and Sol
Papadopoulos. They read an early draft of the script and encouraged us to pursue a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. This was also where we met out lovely producer Laura Purcell. So we shot a promo on a shoestring budget of £300 and launched it online alongside our campaign.
We were ecstatic that we exceeded our goal and also a little scared as we now had the money to put where are mouths were! So we set to making our film. We decided that the only way we could do this, was if we kept it cheap, made use of the tools and resources that we already had access to, whilst still managing to make a fantastic feature film with the look and feel of a big budget movie. Sam Raimi, Kevin Smith and Peter Jackson did it without half of the brilliant filmmaking tools that we have access to today.
I’m happy to say the film is complete, and we couldn’t have done it without all of the support and kind donations from our friends, families and in some cases, strangers who have become friends. We can’t predict the future, but we are hoping the film will do well in festivals and hopefully there will be a way can make it available to more than just our supporters, so eventually everyone can see it.