In 2008 I worked on a drug and alcohol recovery programme. I met Jimmy who wanted to tell his life story in animation. So we worked together to make a film that became JIMMY THEN AND NOW. The film was screened at a Drug and Alcohol Service Launch at City Hall, London. It was subsequently screened at the Wood Green Film Festival and nominated for an award.

In 2013 Jimmy rang me asking if we could make another film telling the next part of his life story. We met in a cafe and started writing down and planning out the story.

In March 2014 when Jimmy came out of a detox programme we started making sets, puppets and animatics for the first part of the film. We are using cardboard scavenged from Amazon deliveries and plasticine left over from previous animation projects that I’d worked on with young people. Working space was kindly donated by Art Start.

We are currently seeking funding so we can:

  • Devote more time to working on the film – animation is very time consuming.
  • Hire additional film making equipment and a larger space to use for filming.
  • Pay for the soundtrack to be professionally mixed.
  • Promote and screen the finished film.

Nigel Kellaway