THE GREAT SCHOOLS ROBBERY FILM
The Great Schools Robbery film is a feature-length documentary that investigates how the UK public education system is increasingly influenced by, and in the service of private interests through the covert plans of the government and businesses through forced academisation. How this can be successfully resisted and reversed is also considered. The need to make and screen The Great Schools Robbery film is paramount to the debate on education in England and Wales. The film will give an honest and unbiased view on the path the country has taken to reform education.
To date, this film has been funded by my own small production company, relying on the grassroots relationship from the community within which I live and work. Additionally, sales in my other production as alongside my ongoing teaching work has provided finance for this project opportunity to capture this live issue which arose quickly and developed rapidly. In balancing the important opportunities this project has presented alongside maintaining an involvement in the movement and campaign against academisation, there has been limited time to secure wider funding. As the battles are won and lost and I have almost finished production and I am ready to apply for money to complete the film and to work on distribution. This is not a straight-forward project for which to source finance. Even those who are affected by it are cautious to support as the story at the heart of this film directly challenges the interests of those with power and influence. Making these sorts of films is my life’s work. I observe and document the relationship and gap that exists between the people, government and private interests.
WHY IS THIS FILM IMPORTANT?
The film will consider the winners and losers in this process and what hangs in the balance of the future for education, free thinking, arts in schools and freedom of expression. These key issues speak of wider questions regarding how education relates to the importance of equality, human rights and the role of the welfare state.
The film will help to portray the inequalities arising from academisation and will give the viewers a sense of hope that there are ways to stand up and resist the expansion of private interests, racism, inequality and class system in education.
WHERE WILL THIS FILM BE SEEN?
The film will be shown in community venues, independent cinemas, local meetings, in parliament and across the country to bring parents, teachers and the community together to inform, debate and inspire the people who are passionate about education but new to campaigning…We hope that the film will be far-reaching to film festivals, find its way to be broadcast on TV and screen on VOD.
See Chester Yang's work on http://cyfilmproductions.com/.
Editors - Chester Yang, Nikita Woolfe
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
Money is needed to film the last few interviews, travel, storage and back up of footage, post-production expenses like hiring extra editors with fresh eyes to complete editing after the rough cut, hire a colour grader to match the colours of the various cameras used in the film and a music composers from various disciplines to compose that will be infused to create an enjoyable soundtrack that will accompany the vibrant and powerful images. After putting the film together, we will edit various versions like 1 x 90 min for cinema/community venues and Q&As, 1 x 60 min for TV and VOD, 1 x 25 for schools and 1x 10 min for presenting to politicians, unions and policymakers.
ACT NOW! SAVE OUR SCHOOLS. SUPPORT THE MAKING OF THIS FILM.
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Donors of £50 will receive a T-shirt
Donors of £100 will be invited to the premiere and receive a DVD of the film.
Donors of £500 will be invited to the premier, receive a DVD and T-shirt.
Donors of £1000 and above will receive an Executive Producer's credit, will be invited to the premiere, receive a DVD and T-shirt of the film.
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