Once again, I must apologise for the complete lack of updates to this page. I have no excuses, nada. Once again we ran out of money. And really we DO NEED some more money in order to properly distribute the film. You see the British Board of Film Classification has to grant us a Film Certificate in order for us to have any more screenings or to sell DVDs.
We blagged an exemption last year, because the cost was and is prohibitively expensive for a small self-financed film like The Stagg Do. I actually spoke to someone in the BBFC office last week and it appears we'll need around £2000 - yes - TWO THOUSAND POUNDS to pay for the certification. It breaks down something like this (rough figures as it's per minute):
Theatrical Certification -- £750
DVD Certification -- £450 (inc 25% discount)
DVD extras Certification -- ALLOW £700 - yes, every extra need a certificate - FFS!
So although LOADS of you have asked for DVDs and to host screenings our hands have been tied by this unavoidable cost of doing business! GRRRR. I thought the last three British governments were in the corner of small businesses, I suppose I thought wrong. Anyway as a result, once again our wheels ground to a shuddering halt.
Then a funny thing happened.
At the start of June, James was looking at The Stagg Do IMDb page when he discovered someone had posted a lovely review of the film in May 2015. Someone who was at the World Premiere almost 12 months earlier had actually gone out of their way to write a film review of The Stagg Do. That review, that single act of kindness or cheerleading or appreciation or whatever you want to call it actually caused us to shake off the self pity and to paraphrase Old Blue Eyes "pick ourselves up and get back in the race".
Here we are just 12 months out from our successful World Premiere - which would've been in the Top 10 for screen average that weekend - with a completed film and another barrier that stops us from releasing it properly and legally. But what we do have is a renewed passion, an additional fuck you chip on the shoulder and the same bloody mindedness that has got us this far.
So if you still believe in us and in The Stagg Do and like Jed on IMDB and Dave in Australia who sends me messages every now and then asking how he can get his hands on a DVD, I have an announcement to make... We will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on July 1. We aren't looking for earth-shattering amounts of cash, just enough to get us over the final hump. I think we've been pretty fair in our perk pricing structure and I sincerely hope you will join us in making this last stage possible.
Please keep a look out for our campaign and share it with your friends and family, also if you can afford to, please sling us a couple of quid. We have some great rewards waiting for you. PLUS of course you'll be helping us to get the DVD released. We have great plans for a kick-ass DVD launch this Autumn so keep yer peepers peeled and glued to this page. xxx
Will try our best to keep this busy during the shoot and post-production.