Outlaw: Nick Love interview
In conjunction with Vertigo films, British director Nick Love, famous for Brit-films Goodbye Charlie Bright, The Football Factory and most recently The Business (released on DVD this week) is placing his next film project entirely in the hands of the public, well kind of…
Inspired by the publics reactions to his previous films, he's asking people to invest in his next movie 'Outlaw', in return (depending on how much you invest, £10, £50 or a £100) you will get a credit on the DVD, a limited edition t-shirt, a hoodie and the possibility of being an extra in the film.
It's an intriguing concept and one that he's all too happy to talk about, we caught up with him to find out what gave him the idea in the first place…
LOVEFiLM: What inspired the idea to publicly fund your film?
Nick Love: Well basically it was kind of born out of the film itself. The film is about the common man and women being disillusioned with the way England is. Not in a racial or religious way - but in the sense that the government don't care about the common man and the police force don't care about the common man anymore.
I don't think you could do this with another film. Outlaw is about all types of people; from the streets, from different classes, from different creeds, all of them saying: 'No. Enough. I'm sick of drug dealers walking up and down my street intimating me. I'm sick of being scared in what I do and where I go. Enough.' So they're going to start self policing and they're going to cause f**king havoc…and that what happens in the film. It's about a group of men from all walks of life whose paths cross - who all have decent moral reasons - but they stop talking and take things to the next level.
In terms of the funding, because it's a film very much about England now, it doesn't seem too cheeky to say:'well y'know, you wanted to see the film, do you want to pay for it?' Because what I get all the time is people coming up to me going:'Ay mate, you know what you should do next….' And however they explain themselves; they all say the same thing.
LF: How much are you expecting to raise out of this?
NL: £80! (laughs) No, I don't know. Regardless of how much we raise we'll still make the film. But who knows how it will wind up… We're just really interested to see how it will pan out.
LF: You've developed a large, almost cult following with the films you've made?
NL: Yeah my films are quite specifically youth culture films, they're not going to change the world, they're a bit of fun. But there's quite a big fan base for those films already. And people have become more and more interested in how the films are made. So this way, you'll get an insight into how the films are made - because you'll get regular updates emailed to you - y 'know we don't have a cast yet but you'll receive an email announcing that when it happens. They'll be treated like normal exec producers and will be kept in the loop of what's happening.
If you're interested in becoming an executive-producer on Nick Love's new film Outlaw, you can visit his website: www.outlawthemovie.com to find out more information