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Funding push launched to get movie filmed in Whitby over the line

The poster for The Runaways.
The poster for The Runaways.

It was shot in the Whitby area, and now the producers behind feature film, The Runaways, have launched a funding push to get the project over the line.

The production, starring big names including Mark Addy, Tara Fitzgerald and Molly Windsor, was filmed over a six week period at the end of last summer.

Filming on Whitby beach. Picture by Ceri Oakes.

Filming on Whitby beach. Picture by Ceri Oakes.

Writer and director, Richard Heap said: “I think we’ve got something that’s really quite special, almost like a throwback to some of the old traditional films - people have likened it a little bit to the Railway Children.

“It’s sort of an adventure film, it follow three children and two donkeys on a journey across the North York Moors in search of their estranged mother.

“It’s a film about family, it’s a film about siblings, love, and it’s about growing up. It’s charged through with intimacy, charm and warmth.”

The journey of finalising the script to actually shooting the production has taken around two years and has been backed by many Yorkshire investors, keen to push the local culture to a wider audience.

Filming on Whitby beach. Picture by Ceri Oakes.

Filming on Whitby beach. Picture by Ceri Oakes.

Producers behind the project have now launched a funding push to get the project over the line.

Mr Heap added: “Now we are deep in post-production and we are looking to raise the last funds that are going to give it the final spit and polish, which will allow us to put it out into the world.

“We are looking to pay a composer, do a bit of audio work and then we’ve got boring stuff like errors and omissions and insurance.”

When the crew was in Whitby, they were full of praise for the town.

Filming on Whitby beach. Picture by Ceri Oakes.

Filming on Whitby beach. Picture by Ceri Oakes.

Locations manager Joe Gradwell said: “I must extend heartfelt thanks and gratitude from the whole cast and crew, for the amazing experience we had filming in Whitby and the surrounding area.

“We really could not have dreamt of a more friendly, supportive or giving place to film in than Whitby. We are so proud and have been so lucky to be able to film in the beautiful and majestic surroundings of the north east coast and moors.”

He added: “Everywhere we went, whoever we spoke with, without exception, people could not do enough for us and nothing was too much trouble.”

The film’s producers added: “We as the team couldn’t be more grateful for your help and support. Film making at this level is extremely difficult and it would not have been possible without the kindness, support, and generosity of those who gave their time or hard earned cash to allow us to tell this story!”

Visit: www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-runaways-kids# for the latest on the fundraising efforts.