How an English Village Bankrolled ‘A Tortoise in Love’

Crowd-sourcing – getting audiences to pony up to finance films – is the latest buzzword in Hollywood financing circles. But the new English romantic comedy A Tortoise in Love has taken the idea one step further with an entire village stepping up to bankroll a feature.

In a scene right out of, well, English romantic comedies, the residents of Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor (pop. 2,000) banded together to write, direct, finance and star in Tortoise.

The story follows lovelorn local gardener Tom. When his very English attempts to woo Polish au pair Anya fall flat, the whole village chips in to help.

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