Kiwi film Cannes bound

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

LUKE Thorn­bor­ough is off to France.

The young di­rec­tor of Kiwi short film Jess will be at the pres­ti­gious Cannes In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val to see his work on screen.

Thanks to on­line do­na­tions from al­most 60 people, the team now has the $4800 needed to get him there af­ter he ap­peared in the Auck­land City Har­bour News on April 18.

Thorn­bor­ough and fel­low Grey Lynn res­i­dent Lisa Fothergill, the film’s pro- ducer, used the crowd­fund­ing web­site Pledge Me to reach out to Ki­wis for money to cover the travel costs.

They hit their $4800 goal two weeks be­fore their dead­line. One sup­porter gave a gen­er­ous $1000 and will re­ceive a prop gun used in the film as a thank you.

Lead ac­tress Amie Ben­tall stars as Jess, who sets out on horse­back to find her fa­ther, bat­tling the el­e­ments and com­ing to terms with who she is along the way.

Fothergill, 24, says be­ing ac­cepted into the event makes all the early morn­ings and work­ing on a shoe­string budget worth­while.

Photo: JESS ETHERIDGE

Film suc­cess: Lisa Fothergill

and Luke Thorn­bor­ough, cre­ators of short film Jess, have raised the $4800 needed to get

Thorn­bor­ough to the Cannes In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val next month.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to watch be­hind the scenes footage from Jess.

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