Show me the bacon: Horror film maker calls for help
DONATIONS have been flooding in to keep afloat the embattled Mary Valley horror creature feature film Boar.
Director Chris Sun this week posted a video on Facebook saying that with just five days of shooting left to complete the movie, he needed to raise $250,000-$300,000 by September 21 to pay his crew's wages for that final week.
Kandanga and Lagoon Pocket had been a hive of excitement and activity with the first few weeks of shooting, with stars including Hugh Sheridan, John Jarratt, Simone Buchanan, Griffin Walsh, Christie Lee Britten and Nathan Jones out and about.
Since posting his impassioned plea, the donations - some as small as a few dollars, others hundreds of dollars - have been rolling in.
Filming on Boar came to a halt this month when investor funds dried up and Mr Sun was unable to pay the film crew.
After pitching in more than $1.6 million, his backers were unable to come up with the funds for the last days of filming.
Mr Sun, who brought Charlie's Farm to Gympie, Lagoon Pocket and Gunalda, has vowed the film would be finished.
It is due to be released next year.
"I am confident, we will do whatever it takes," he said.
"I am going to finish the (expletive) film.
"As 90% of you know Boar has been on struggle street, even before we started shooting.
"The investors have tried their best to help me get this film over the line and last week we really hit the skids.
"We only managed to shoot two days out of the scheduled five as we were waiting on funds to clear to pay the crew in advance for that week.
"The investors got a loan approved to finish the film in full, however it still has not come through, forcing both myself and the crew to put a hold on work for now.
"I figured it was the best thing to do until the funds could clear.
"After speaking to the investors they have agreed to get the outstanding pays/equipment hire paid to the crew etc for week four so we are back up to date.
"They have agreed to still 'try' and get me the rest of the funds to finish, but this figure is around $300,000 for the final week of shoot.
"We need to pay out the crew's wage for the week, equipment hire, accommodation for cast and crew and of course final talent payments that fall due.
To make donations to help fund the last few days of filming head to:
Commonwealth Bank, Slaughter FX Pty Ltd, BSB: 06 4462, ACC: 1029 5931 or Paypal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org