#DrunksLikeUs – A film by Paul Mackie & Red Men Films, Music by Guitarist Jeff Fiorentino (ASCAP), & JFRocks.com
#DrunksLikeUs – Links – Click here to download the script
My name’s Paul Mackie and I write a lot, a seriously saint-like girlfriend annoying amount.
I’ve entered many writing competitions and have just not quite made the grade.
In last years BBC Writers room I made it down to the last 50 of over 25K entries. I was deflated and ready to give up writing altogether as I thought that was as good as I could ever get.
And then I had an idea – I was writing for the wrong people – I was writing for the film production and TV companies and trying to pitch the idea to them!
I was inspired by this idea and sat down to write #DrunksLikeUs – the full script can be found here #DrunksLikeUs
I shared the script on Twitter, as I have done with other scripts in the past, but this time it went a bit crazy. People loved the script and were spreading it like wildfire, my Twitter mailbox was literally bursting with people from all over the world telling me how much they loved it! I was seriously blown away by the response and knew I was on to a winner, if only I could get it made.
I’ve been involved in film making in various capacities,both in front of and behind the camera, for the last ten years and in that time the main problem I’ve faced is getting people to feel passionate about a project that they personally did not dream up – This time it wasn’t an issue in the slightest!
Irish actor Luke Griffin got in touch after reading the script for #DrunksLikeUs and convinced me that he was right for the part of Alex – After watching his work, he’s been in countless films and TV shows including Band of Brothers, I found it hard to disagree and the part was his.
Andrew Marsden contacted me and I couldn’t believe it! I immediately recognized him from a play I went to see while visiting Manchester last year, how could I not he really stole the show in my opinion and so I asked him how he would feel about the part of Mark. I nearly fell off my chair when he said he was calling to ask me if he could read for that very same part.
Having decided some time ago that if ever this film went ahead that I would take on the role of Pete myself my trio of misfits was complete. A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman. I don’t know about you but for the three main leads in a comedy that just seems right to me somehow.
We still needed a bad guy with the presence not to be upstaged my our foul mouthed hero’s and one name, and one name only, sprang to mind – Stephen Tailby.
Stephen Tailby is a multi talented actor, writer, director and music producer who’s career I’ve been following for some time. When I got in touch with him to discuss playing the part of our villain Dan the first thing Stephen said was that a friend had showed him the script and that he absolutely loved it – sometimes things just work out right, not often but it happens.
Andrea Stefancikova is an actress, model, writer and so much more! In fact the lady’s a force of nature! She want’s to be involved in every aspect of production from costumes and set design to setting up the perfect shot to link one scene to another. In fact she has more amazing ideas before breakfast than most people manage all day so when she called to talk about the script for #DrunksLikeUs I knew I had to have her on board and I’m happy to say she’ll be playing the part of Diane.
Helen Joplin is without doubt one of my favorite people on the planet and one of the best actresses I have ever met. She has a wicked sense of humor and makes every project she is involved with be it theater, film or raising funds for community projects such a joy to be a part of I simply had to have her on the team. She took some convincing but I think she’s perfect for the part of Morgana in #DrunksLikeUs
Earl Palmer is not only a top actor but a truly top bloke too! His endless charity work is something he arguably feels more passionate about than acting and he has a passion for acting that is as great as, if not even more so, than anyone I have ever met. Earl will be playing the part of Nick and in my opinion he’s the perfect fit. An actor who can find humor in even the darkest of lines and make them sparkle so brightly you can’t help but be drawn in – no matter how desperate you are to get out!There are still a few roles to fill at this time and if we are half as lucky in filling those as we have been so far this film should be something really special indeed. Also if you have read the script and would like to be involved then get in touch we’d be happy to hear from you.
RECENTLY ADDED CAST:
Vivienne Smith, currently playing Maria Elena Holly in Buddy the musical 25th anniversary tour!
Victoria Broom, cult British actress, coffee addict, Horror fan, and science geek.
Andrew Regan, London/Manchester UK
Antoni Pearce, husband, father, writer, Wiltshire UK
Lauren Hughes, Actress, Manchester/London, more info
Well that would be all those beautiful people above – We’ve all been involved in film for many years, and when we’ve been called upon to do so we’ve all picked up a camera, pulled focus, held a boom mic or pointed a light in the right direction. We want to make this film and are willing to do anything it takes to make it happen. We feel passionate about this project and that is the reason our target is so low for a feature film. We know what we’re doing, we feel we can do it well and we believe it will look awesome and make you laugh whatever you happen to be drinking at the time out of your nose. And believe it or not that’s a good thing.
The director of #DrunksLikeUs is David Simpson. David has been involved with film in various capacities for 10 years and is currently in post production of his first feature film – Della Vigna.
Our soundtrack is something I’m especially proud of. Hollywood session guitarist and general Rock God Jeff Fiorentino of JFRocks.com was the first to offer his services.
This is a guy who has over a million plays on Soundcloud and for good reason too.Other truly amazing acts such as Hip Hop prodigy DeadBeat, alternative country band GasFoodLodging – and cutting edge rock bands such as BirdMask, Swing Suicide and Elephants in Trouble amongst others were soon to follow. It really is an amazing collection!
The full soundtrack consists of ten instrumental tracks and ten songs, and seeing that a download of this is our base perk of £5 that really is a lot of music for your money..
There’s also an exclusive Jeff Fiorentino track that he he has written especially for the soundtrack that is not available anywhere else, at any price, (Well within reason anyway), included in the download. And trust me it’s awesome!
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Problems can and do arise while making films but the main strength that our team has is that we all truly believe in this project, as we hope you do too, and you can believe me when I say whatever happens we’re prepared to deal with it and if this campaign is successful then #DrunksLikeUs WILL be unleashed on an unsuspecting world.
All we need is the funding to make it a reality. So if you can spare the time to read the script then please do and if you like it and want to see it become a reality then please back this project and help us make it happen.
Follow our Progress
We hope you are with us all the way on this project and you can follow our progress by following the campaigns official Twitter account @DrunksLikeUs
And also by following the #DrunksLikeUs team.
Paul Mackie – @Paulmac708
Luke Griffin – @LukeDGriffin
Andrew Marsden – @LifeonMarsden
Stephen Tailby – @SteTailby
Andrea Stefancikova – @AndreaStefanci
Vivienne Smith – @VivSmith1
Victoria Broom – @VictoriaBroom
Andrew Regan – @DrewReg
Lauren Hughes – @LaurenEMHughes
Antoni Pearce – @Antoni_Pearce
Earl Palmer – @EarltheActor
David Simpson – @RedmenFilms
Jeff Fiorentino – @JFRocks
Other Ways You Can Help
If you’ve read the script and want to help us bring it to the screen then please help us do it by spreading the word and the script.
Thank you for taking the time.
Paul Mackie and the #DrunksLikeUs team.