Bid to raise rebuilding of Titanic movie cashBy Paul Cassell
January 07, 2013
A West Reading man’s childhood dream to rebuild the RMS Titanic could be captured in a £350,000 feature-length movie – if cash can be found to finance the venture.
Newly-established production company Ginger and Pickles has been granted exclusive access to the inspiring story, which Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is helping to turn into a reality.
The mining magnate is building a full-scale replica of the Titanic in China, and the ship is expected to set sail on her maiden voyage to Southampton in early 2016.
It will then retrace the original White Star Line ship’s ill-fated Atlantic crossing, in which 1,502 people lost their lives when it struck an iceberg in April 1912.
The inspiration behind the project stems from a friend of Russ Alsop, a co-founder of Reading’s music and arts charity Readipop, who is the film’s creative director.
The friend cannot be named at present for contractual reasons, but grew up in Reading and is the son of a former chairman of Cunard, which merged with White Star Line in 1934 and later took over the company in 1949.
The film, under the working title Building The Dream, will be directed by Steve Warburton, who has 15 years’ experience in TV documentary film-making, including work for the Discovery Channel, and will be scripted by award-winning writer Rasheeda Azam.
“We will certainly be making a documentary about the Titanic like no other,” said Mr Warburton.
“Normally the Titanic story has focused on loss and human arrogance. Our film will be more of a memorial both to celebrate new life whilst seeking closure. We hope it will keep alive the memory, the story and the lessons learned for all those affected then and now.”
The film company is looking to raise £100,000 for production costs through Kickstarter, which has raised £200 million for 30,000 projects by offering rewards to people who pledge money.
Mr Alsop said: “This whole opportunity is amazing. Firstly that a friend of ours, here in Reading, dreamt up the plan to get such an iconic ship rebuilt.
“Secondly, that you can become part of the journey by directly helping to fund this film. But I suppose most of all that the actual Titanic will breathe again and become part of our living history.”
To find out more, visit www.titanicbuildingthedream.com