Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Freddie Mercury-Queen Unauthorized Short Film Project Asks Public for Money on Crowdfunding


A bunch of people who don’t have music rights or anything else are trying to make a “Bowfinger” type short film about Freddie Mercury and Queen. It’s called “The Show Must Go On” and seems to be based on the story of Mary Austin, Freddie’s long time close friend and beneficiary. Someone named Daniel Keith has been selected to play Freddie. The 30 minute film is set to shoot on November 15th.

This is not the long in the planning Freddie Mercury film that was once supposed to star Sacha Baron Cohen and now might star Ben Whishaw. Archways Pictures US is supposedly the producer. Their website touts films you’ve never heard of, with titles like “Sins of Lambs” and “Texxas Jam” (two x’s, yes).

They’ve announced their whole cast on Facebook.
Freddie Mercury – Daniel Keith
Mary Austin – Sabina Petra
Barbara Valentin – Nadine Van Asbeck
Roger Tayler* – Karl Hemmerle
John Deacon – Max Schloner
Mick Rock – Chris Norton
Reinhold Mack – Eric Baker
Ingrid Mack – Madeleine James
Rudy Dolezal – Michael De Quinzio
Winfield Kirschberger – Michael Leigh Cook

*spelling is their’s

Here’s their fund raising film:

Show Must Go On Fundraising from Archway Pictures on Vimeo.

And here’s Daniel Keith’s reel from YouTube:

The producers had put a notice earlier this month on Craigslist that apparently went unnoticed. It read:

On Saturday, Oct 4 from 12-6pm we are casting people for the upcoming short film about Freddie Mercury. Roles being auditioned for are everything from Mary Austin, David Bowie, Brian May to Freddie’s boyfriend, Jim Hutton. Production begins this November with a sizable cast and crew and period piece of 1970’s Munich. We need a casting person (with experience) to help us run the casting process and provide input and a casting assistant to manage people as they come and go. We’re asking for 6 hours of your time.

Being a short film all money is going into Red cameras, wardrobe, set design, lighting (i.e. production value). All crew members, producers, and director have agreed to donate their time. This is non-paying, however, we are offering IMdb.com credit.

How’s all this going to work? Crazy little thing called filmmaking!

Here’s the posted 1st make up try for Daniel Keith:

daniel keith's first make up test, via Facebook

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News