Before we launched our film and TV streaming service, LiveTree was a fully operational UK-based crowdfunding platform for two years. Some of the great films developed during that time are coming back for exhibition on our streaming service.
‘The Wider Sun’, a Scotland-set debut short directed by Sophia Carr-Gomm, raised its budget on LiveTree, going onto show at the Cambridge Film Festival and make a big splash in Edinburgh in November. The premiere, however, was at the BFI, which Carr-Gomm credits to the LiveTree’s association with the legendary organisation.
Filmed in the Isle of Skye, it reworks Celtic myth and culture, with a traditionally inflected score by Dominic Glynn of Doctor Who fame. The rest of Carr-Gomm’s team included a van full of crew all working for free (and a holiday to Skye) and two young children in leading roles.
Recognising the unsustainability of depending on free work, Carr-Gomm has set up Certain Light Films with fellow actress Nina Yndis to scale up productions towards feature-length projects.