Kiwi film Cannes bound
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.
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.