Inspired by real life experiences, REACHING FOUR follows young mum Clare, a chronic OCD sufferer who has become isolated from her family. She's at tipping point, trapped by her overpowering condition yet terrified of losing those she loves. We're going deep into the heart of Clare's world with a unique cinematic experience, collaborating closely with talented production and sound designers and a fantastic director of photography.
COVID 19 UPDATE
We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. We had to abandon our previous funding campaign due to the pandemic, but our shoot is going ahead in September, because we all believe in the project and want to get this film made! The money we raise here will help freelancers and individuals who have lost work overnight to continue making important creative projects. So please, if you can, share, donate and spread the love! Every penny helps - even £1 means we can feed a hungry member of cast or crew! Talking of which...
Meet the Cast and Crew
We have a wonderful cast lined up for REACHING FOUR, including Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard, Green Wing, Scott and Bailey, The Brittas Empire), Ben Lamb (Divergent, Now You See Me 2, The Christmas Prince), Michael Maloney (The Crown, Babel, Notes On A Scandal, Truly, Madly, Deeply) and Katherine Press (Captain America, Foyle’s War, Dancing on the Edge).
Katherine Press Michael Maloney
Ben Lamb Pippa Haywood
And we have a wonderful crew too! Director Mark Pritchard and Producer/Writer Katherine Press have collaborated many times, on everything from comedy to sci-fi! Katherine is a member of BAFTA Crew and has just completed BFI-funded film A Noble Truth. As a writer, she was shortlisted for BAFTA Rocliffe and works freelance at John Yorke Story. Co-Producer Ella Turner has recently completed a fully-funded Cornish language drama, and is shortlisted for the New Creatives scheme supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England.
Our wonderful cinematographer Andrew Rodger’s fifth feature film Arthur and Merlin has recently been released, and he is currently Director of Photography on ITV’s Plebs. For our Sound Design, we have the award-winning Owen Shirley, who recently won the Best Sound award at the Royal Television Society West of England Awards for the film Breakdown, and has worked on numerous feature films and TV dramas. Plus we have an amazing editor, Trace Taylor, whose wide broadcast experience includes SAS: Who Dares Wins, The Island with Bear Grylls, Supervet and the Grierson Award-winning First Dates Hotel. Trace's short films have won awards and nominations for editing, screening at BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying festivals and the Cannes Film Festival. What a team!
We’re also delighted to be working in conjunction with leading charities OCD UK and OCD Action . OCD UK patron, actor Ian Puleston-Davies (Tin Star, Vera, Coronation Street, Being Human), is our Executive Producer.
Why We Are Making Reaching Four
OCD charities estimate there are around ¾ million OCD sufferers in the UK alone. OCD takes so many forms, yet it’s one of the least discussed mental health conditions and is rarely accurately illustrated onscreen or in popular culture. Mental health is a ‘topical’ issue right now, and the inability of the NHS to cope with increasing cases has been widely reported. Having experienced the effects of OCD close to home, we envision a film which strips away clichés of hand-washing and avoiding pavement cracks, and depicts the personal battle of one long-term sufferer.
But this isn’t a 'message' film – it’s a story of a real person with real hopes, fears and dreams. OCD is often used as a character tic, or a comedic trope, which risks trivialising, even ridiculing, the condition. In contrast, REACHING FOUR embraces the theme as a realistic dramatic device. The daily battles of our lead character’s life become intensified – everything is viewed through the lens of the disorder.
Now We Need You!
We relish the challenge of making high-quality work on minimal budgets. Our guiding principle is “What can we do with what we have?” – maximising the talent and resources at our disposal. We need to raise money to help us cover the costs of shooting and post production. We’re convinced that quality’s achievable whatever the budget – in fact, such restrictions are a boon to creativity, allowing audiences to focus on the human emotional story.
Please support us in any way you can - we would love you to make this film with us!
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