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.
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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