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Investment vehicle created to support Toilers of the Sea movie

Investment vehicle created to support Toilers of the Sea movie

Friday 01 October 2021

Investment vehicle created to support Toilers of the Sea movie

Friday 01 October 2021


The film adaptation of Toilers of the Sea edges ever closer to fruition following a newly-developed partnership with Sarnia Asset Management and its enigmatic CEO, Swen Lorenz.

Mr Lorenz made headlines in 2020 after the launch of the ‘Sark Society’, a programme designed to double the island's population. It offers prospective new residents a "digital handbook, personal advice and exclusive opportunities" for a joining fee to his society.

Mr Lorenz has since met with producers of the Victor Hugo adaptation - which has strong links to Sark - subsequently creating an investment vehicle to help fund the production: Sarnia Film Finance.

David Shanks and Joy Mellins need to raise £10m before the production can be greenlit, however Mr Shanks remains positive that filming will begin soon.

“We’re still on to shoot over here before Easter,” he said.

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Pictured: Mr Shanks said casting hasn’t been confirmed yet, but they are circling at least two A-Listers for the roles of Gilleat and Deruchette.

The production has been clocking up significant £100k chunks of investment so far, but Mr Shanks said: “We’re still looking for that big ticket investment.”

The creation of Sarnia Film Finance will give investors reassurance that their capital is safe, he said. 

"It’s a single purpose project to help raise money for the production of the film.”

Minimum investments start at £50k and it’s capped at £15m. Investors' money will now be overseen by a Guernsey regulated company.

Pictured top: Producers Joy Mellins and David Shanks.

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