The incredible true story is about a group of mothers and their babies plunged into the frightening and strange world of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). It is rarely told on the big screen, and the makers believe the impact of the film upon its worldwide audience is set to be significant.
Writer/Director Alan Entwistle wrote the script following the birth of his son, Jack, in 2005. Jack was born 16 weeks too early and was given only a 40% chance of survival, being just the size of a man’s hand.
““As a father, to hear your child only has a 40per cent chance of survival is a horrific experience. I’d made a number of short films before and having experienced something as amazing as we did, I decided it would be a great idea for a film.”
Stuart Wells (http://uk.imdb.com/
He followed up the role with a regular slot in the TV series Peak Practice, but then left his acting career behind as he joined the British Army in October 2001. Stuart went on to progress through the ranks to Corporal and completed three operational tours, including two in Iraq.
Since leaving the army in 2008, Stuart has been keen to return to acting but has been waiting for the right role to come along. When approached by the makers of 24weekers, Stuart knew it was what he’d been waiting for, as he himself was born at just 27weeks gestation.
Stuart said, "It's such an honour and a privilege to be part of such a wonderful production that so many people can relate to. I was born at 27 weeks myself so this production will be so close to mine and my family's hearts"
Other cast members in the production include Steve Huison (http://uk.imdb.com/
Movie makers 24w Media launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter on 31st October, to finance the making of the movie. And for as little as £1 supporters of the project can help “kick start” 24weekers on the road to success…
Members of the public who want to support the movie can make pledges of anything from £1 upwards and in return will receive one of a variety of rewards such as a copy of the ebook 24weekers The Story, T-shirts, limited edition photo stills and even opportunities to appear in the film itself!
Alan Entwistle said, “When we found out Kickstarter was opening its doors to UK projects in October, we felt the timing was perfect. Kickstarter has proved to be hugely successful in America and has launched some amazing and innovative projects. We hope to be one of the first successful UK feature movies to use Kickstarter – and are really excited about what the future holds for 24weekers.”
The family have made an endearing video of Jack, now age 7, to help to promote the Kickstarter campaign. This can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/
24weekers will go into production early in 2013.
24weekers Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/
A promotional trailer for the movie can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/
Full details on the cast and crew can be found on the 24weekers IMDb page (http://uk.imdb.com/