In the early days of Spannering we tried to persuade broadcasters like the BBC or Channel 4 to pay us to make our film about McLibel. But they'd all had legal dalliances with McDonald's and didn't fancy it, so we were forced to make the film using the maxing out credit cards / rich boyfriend funding model. Which turned out to have the unforeseen benefit that, once we'd finished the film, we owned all the rights and could distribute it as far and wide as our imaginations allowed. Whereas, if the BBC had paid for it, they have stuck it on telly once or twice, got maybe 2 million viewers and left it at that. No international sales, no DVD, no Global Premiere to 63 countries, no nothing.
So by the time McLibel had reached 22 million viewers we realised that owning the rights is the key point. Which meant that, when we came to make Age of Stupid (which was also going to need a much bigger budget, as Franny had her heart set on lots of animation and an orchestral score - and as rich boyfriend had departed) we needed to come up with a cunning plan...
There's a million things we'd love to do - with the top of the list being a multi-language version of McLibel - but don't have the cash for. Very frustrating. Could you help us out?
Even if it's just a few quid, cash coming in once a week or month is enormously helpful in allowing us to make future plans. So huge appreciation to all our regular donors and more info about how to join them here.
Even though The Age of Stupid was finished in 2008 and first released in 2009, there's still tonnes of work to do selling it to TV, making DVDs, licensing schools packs, updating this website and on and on.
So Franny is selling some of her shares and would be delighted to sign over one or more to you - minimum investment £5,000. More info here or give us a shout on email@example.com.