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Suffolk and Norfolk film-makers look for public support to finish Losing Us movie about Albanian siblings




A Bury St Edmunds cinematographer has spoken of his hope for a fund-raising campaign to get a hard-hitting film he is involved in into production.

Paul Cook shot the pilot scene of Losing Us, made by a group of film-makers from Norfolk and Suffolk and production company Teele Photography in June and now hopes £20,000 can be raised for the project.

The short film is about two Albanian siblings, Gezim, 17, and Elira, 12, who flee their homeland with their mother after the death of their father.

Cinematographer Paul Cook who is director of photography for the film Losing Us.
Cinematographer Paul Cook who is director of photography for the film Losing Us.

After a treacherous journey to the UK the dangers do not stop as the pair have to fend for themselves when their mother goes missing.

Paul said: “I have known the director, Teele Dunkley, for around 10 years and we have collaborated on many projects.

“When she asked about a year ago if I wanted to be the cinematographer on this I snapped up the opportunity.”

Director for Losing Us, Teele Dunkley. Picture by Lesley van Dijk.
Director for Losing Us, Teele Dunkley. Picture by Lesley van Dijk.

The Norfolk-based Estonian director has wrapped up 27 film projects so far and Paul said this was exactly the sort of independent film he was passionate about.

He said: “It is an amazing script and I feel it is a really important story to tell. It is also the kind of project I want to be working on most –hard-hitting drama, a real sort of story that people do not usually see.

“We are used to the same themes and characters in TV and films, but I feel it is stories like this that are actually more rewarding to be a part of and to watch, seeing what some go through to escape hardship.”

Paul said that if the funds hit the target, Teele and producer Lesley van Dijk hoped to film the rest in East Anglia in September.

On people donating, he said: “I have already made a film which was crowdfunded so I know how hard it is to raise the money,

“But it is so rewarding when you have supporters who have pledged to your campaign and are waiting and wanting to see it - so even if it is a fiver, or whatever, it still adds up and it helps to make films like this possible.”

To see the pilot scene and donate, go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/losing-us.

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