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Morcombe film will proceed if fund fails

AAP logoAAP 26/07/2016 By Darren Cartwright

A producer for the biopic Where Is Daniel?, about the parents of murdered school child Daniel Morcombe, has pleaded for the public's financial support on a crowd funding campaign.

Producers were aiming to raise $10,000 a day over a 30-day campaign on Kickstarter yet, with eight days remaining, just $96,548 has been pledged.

Executive producer Rod Hopping says none of the money will be accepted if the target is not reached.

"We need the community's help and we need it now, because if we don't reach our $300,000 target, not a single pledge will be received," he said.

Mr Hopping said the Kickstarter funds will help finalise the script, bring in casting agents and secure locations.

The producers have provided some sweeteners and incentives for those willing to donate to the project, which will be directed by Peter Cousens.

Everyone who donates $50 or more will have their name in the credits and also receive a PDF of the shooting script and behind-the-scenes content that is delivered electronically during the shooting of the movie.

The $50 package is the most popular while only two of the 100 spots available for an "on set experience", which includes lunch with the director and a cast member for $4950, have been bought.

No one has yet purchased the private screening offer ($6950) while one person has shelled out $7950 to sit with the director and editor while the movie is being cut.

A spokeswoman says the film, based on a book of the same name written by Bruce and Denise Morcombe about their fight for justice after their 13-year-old son was abducted from a bus stop in 2003, will go ahead but the production date may be delayed.

"The film will still be made whether we reach this target or not, what it does affect is the timing our mission is to get this film out 2017/2018 as we feel this is such an important message and that the sooner it reaches screens the better."

The Morcombes were approached by filmmakers after reading the book about their traumatic fight for justice and have promised the project would reveal "much, much more" about their struggle.

"Our journey seems to have connected with people all over Australia and around the world," Mrs Morcombe said in a promotion for the crowd-funding campaign.

"What you really don't know about us, is how we got through those years and what shaped our lives and kept us going."

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