This is getting crazy. Sales agents are starting to tell me they want to put Soul Searcher in cinemas. One sales agent just called me from the US and told me that she wanted to get a TV series based on the film made. A TV SERIES, for Christ’s sake. Little more than a year ago I was selling my camera to pay for the last weekend of shooting and now… it’s all going nuts.
Today I started up a Secret Alternate Journal, to record all the interesting things that are starting to happen distribution-wise, which are too sensitive to put up here on the site. The SAJ will rest safely on my hard drive until such time as I see fit to release it upon the world.
However, I don’t think there’s any harm in saying that to date four distribution companies/sales agents have made me offers or indicated that they are about to make me offers. I also got the provisional dates and times through for four Soul Searcher screenings at the Courtyard in Hereford this summer. (Check out the screenings page for more info.) So four is the magic number right now.
I’ve nearly finished the first cut of Going to Hell: The Making of Soul Searcher. Even though it currently lacks for all the key interviews, it’s still running to 85 minutes. Can you say “Double Disc Collectors’ Edition”?
Oh, and big thanks to Screen West Midlands, who are part-funding my trip to Cannes next month.
It’s 1:26am and I just finished writing my application for Nightland script development money from Screen West Midlands. I’m currently waiting to hear whether SWM will be contributing some money towards my trip to Cannes next month through a different scheme. Last week I was interviewed by Screen Media, the press agency that produces the official Cannes newspaper.
At present, through a series of e-mail questions, Ray and I are being interviewed by Chris Jones for June’s issue of Impact. May’s issue, which I think is in the shops now or will be any day, features a most complimentary review of Soul Searcher in a double page spread. The reviewer is perhaps a little biased though – it’s Simon Wyndham. So look out for that. It’s not available in every newsagent, but if you hunt for it you’ll find it – Impact, the magazine of action entertainment. Bruce Willis on the front, AJ in the middle.
I’ve been in New York for the last week, getting that holiday I so badly needed. I was there for the wedding of Tom Muschamp and Aimee DeNaro, director and lead actress of Beyond Recognition, which only the hardiest of journal readers will remember as the film I DoPed on in upstate NY way, way back in the summer of 2002. The couple successfully sold the US rights to Beyond last year, and now Aimee’s using her copious charm and experience to push Soul Searcher in the US.
Distribution interest is beginning to warm up, though I’d better not say any more here.