Mum-of-three spends her life savings of £10,000 on film to improve children's manners
PUBLISHED: 09:42 22 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:42 22 January 2015
Now she hopes movie studio will invest in full length film
Many people dream of getting into the glitzy world of filmmaking – but few would be prepared to spend every penny on a trailer aimed at raising awareness of good manners.
But Foluke Morris has done just that - inspired by the poor behaviour shown by many who took part in the 2011 UK riots.
Mrs Morris believes so passionately in her pet project that she has so far sunk her life savings of £10,000 in to making it a reality, and she could not be more proud.
The comedy trailer for It’s All About the Manners shows not only her determination but also her ambition – she even asked Buckingham Palace for a real royal to play the part of her fictional rrince.
She joked: “As one of the main characters in the film is a Prince, I contacted Buckingham Palace to enlist the help of Prince Harry but sadly got a letter of rejection. It was a nice letter from the palace but sadly Prince Harry couldn’t grant my request. He is a handsome prince and it was worth a try.
“I am still hoping to hear from the palace for other requests. She hopes it will be a project that many people will support one way or the other.”
So what is her project all about?
Mrs Morris, from Bexleyheath, has spent all the money making the comedy trailer because she believes it will promote the importance of good manners in children.
The accountant said: “I was inspired by the London riots and chose to spend over £10,000 creating a trailer to promote importance of good manners.
“I, like many others, was appalled by the behaviour witnessed during the riots and felt so strongly that people had forgotten the valuable importance of good manners and behaviour. I decided to write a script to remind people that good manners are significant and vital to society.”
The trailer is a comedy, but comes with a serious message. A prim and proper adopted young girl is soon joined by a couple of terrors the adoption agency can’t wait to be rid of.
They arrive at their new swanky home and run riot, while conniving to ensure everyone else gets the blame.
That home is none other than Danson House, a real and sumptuous manor house in Bexleyheath.
The would-be producer recruited a team of professional cast and crew to bring her script to life, quickly soaking up her life savings with lighting, cameras, wardrobe, makeup and travel.
She said: “It has been incredible seeing my writing acted out before me. I was hoping to produce the trailer for less, but it was so important to me that I feel it was worth the cost. My children think I am crazy though.
“People tend to overlook the importance of good manners, but it is crucial, especially in our society today.”
Mrs Morris now hopes to turn the short film into a feature length film but will require the assistance of funding, sponsors and known actors, having spent all her own funds on the trailer.
Salford-born Mrs Morris told us: “I am an accountant, but I love writing comedy scripts and have published a book called Super Samson.
“I have three children of my own ages 18, 12 and seven who were brought up with lots of love and with good manners.
“I wrote this comedy script to highlight and promote good manners especially among kids. I was appalled by the involvement of kids in the last London riot and that gave birth to the idea of the script. I believe this comedy film will impact kids and our society as a whole. Good manners and behaviour can have positive impact on society, so I did one of the things I know how to do best, which is to write scripts and develop a comedy trailer of a film.
“It was filmed in Danson House in Bexleyheath and Hall Place in Crayford.
“I chose these stately homes because they enhance etiquette and royal protocols, which is also in the film.
“There is a full length feature script written which can be used to make a feature film. I am hoping well-known actors, funders and sponsors and so on will find this project interesting and come on board.”