Luke Cutforth has finished the final edit of his first feature film.
YouTuber and filmmaker Luke Cutforth recently announced on Twitter that the final edit of his first feature film, The Drowning of Arthur Braxton, is complete:
We officially finished the edit for @arthurbraxton last night 😅 just a few stages left until we can zoom it out into your eyes!! 🎥🏊♂️ 👀
— Luke Cutforth 🌊✨ (@LukeIsNotSexy) November 13, 2017
“The story and the edit is done which is the hardest hurdle of post-production,” Luke tells TenEighty. “Aside from some very excited posts and sneaky previews from me, people can expect that some point in the next few months, the film will be entirely finished and ready to send into the world.”
The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, written by Caroline Smailes. The story follows the life of Arthur Braxton, and his first experiences of love. “I read the book while out on a tour in Australia and fell in love with it instantly,” Luke says. “I also love the author, Caroline. She is amazing and deserves everything that could ever be thrown at her.”
Luke announced the film in 2015, and created a Kickstarter to raise money for production. Within 33 days, a total of £84,434 was raised by 4118 backers. Luke says that the team are “incredibly, outlandishly grateful for the unprecedented support we had through Kickstarter”.
Luke, who adds that making the film was both “fantastic and exhausting”, worked alongside his producer Josh Winslade to finish the final edit. “We’ve had an amazing time, and managed to support each other, but we’re not going to pretend it hasn’t been hard. But through all that, [it was] definitely one of the most exciting experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to be making another.”
Asked about a release date for the film, Luke says that “we’re probably looking at early next year now, as the Christmas period is chock-a-block with festive and romance films which this just doesn’t sit well beside. Our Kickstarter backers may well have it before then, though!
“The end is in sight, and I think we’ve created something that easily stands up to those big-budget flicks, and I couldn’t be prouder of us all!”
Read our interview with Luke at the start of the funding process, or check out the film’s cast.