ABOUT THE FILM - THE STORY
In an eerie abandoned world where no adults are to be found, a gang of forgotten children plays endlessly repetitive games to gain the favour of Mikhail, the self-proclaimed leader of this strange and isolated society. Rebelling against Mikhail's tyrannical bullying, Emilia, Boris and the bird-like shaman boy Josef devise a plan to escape, twisting the rules to beat Mikhail at his own game.
Adopting the classic conventions of sci-fi - a queer and unconventional story unfolds. A metaphor for much broader themes and concerns, THE PARTICIPANTS examines the nature of power, mob rule, and the darker side of human group behaviour. Do we choose to bravely participate in standing up for what we know is right? Or do we choose to remain fearfully silent in the face of oppression?
The script was developed in collaboration with the cast of children and teenagers. The film was shot in Lough Boora Parklands in the midlands of Ireland, a remarkably beautiful landscape of reclaimed bog-land that serves as a stunning backdrop for this unique story - one which examines how societies condone bullying and the alienation of those perceived as different.
WHO IS MAKING THIS FILM?
THE PARTICIPANTS is the first feature drama film from the award winning team at Still Films, the same people who made PYJAMA GIRLS and the haunting documentary SEAVIEW about asylum seekers in Mosney. The film is directed by Paul Rowley and produced by Nicky Gogan. We shot the film in seven days with a cast of the most incredible young actors, many acting for the first time.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We have almost finished the film and have just run out of funds at the last hurdle. The film is scheduled to premiere at GAZE - the Dublin International LGBT Film Festival at the end of July, and we desperately need your help to pay for a final sound mix and colour grading. This is not something we can do ourselves with the resources we have, so we have to go to a professional studio to finish.
With only a few weeks to go before our premiere we would hugely appreciate any help you can offer in bringing this film to the screen.