This story may be slightly different to the others on here and maybe I am not the most deserving person to receive anything but I want to be as honest as possible with what I write.
I am young guy from London who made a huge decision in life 3 years ago to move to Peru in South America for the love of my life. Me and my partner have been working hard ever since in Peru, myself teaching English to get by and she is a cook.
Although I enjoy teaching English my passion in life was actually very different. I love cinema. Ever since I was a child collecting hundreds of VHS tapes and staying up late without permission to watch films. I even studied film at university.
Since finishing Uni I have been working on different short films, music videos, publicity etc. Always working long hours in different jobs (restaurants, cleaning, gardening etc) so I could save up to buy a camera.
Things went well, I got into a some good international film festivals with my short films too. But my dream was always to shoot my first ever feature film.
Obviously this is something very difficult in that you need a lot of money to make one, usually around 100 grand minimum. But I believed that by being very careful I could shoot one for less than 10 thousand. Now, 10 thousand is still a lot of money for most people, including myself. This is when I got in contact with my best friend (lets call him Jack, to protect his identity, although at this point I don’t know why I even care) and he told me that he had a great script. Jack sent me the script and I thought it was fantastic so I asked him if he would like to come Peru for a year and with my savings and his we could try to make this feature together.
Jack came to Peru, we rented a 2 bedroom apartment for me, my girlfriend and him. Things were going great and we began planning the film and getting a team together. Soon we realized though that we were going to need a lot more money if we wanted to do this the right way. We tried very hard to find production companies who would help us fund the film but as we did not know many people it was very difficult and we had no luck.
This is when me and Jack made the decision to ask family and friends to help us out with some loans. Unfortunately, Jacks family and friends could not help us. However mine were able to. In total we were loaned close to 15 thousand dollars and I put in all my savings. Jack still held onto his money.
Everything was going well, we were 2 months away from shooting the film. This is when Jack decided to leave Peru and go back to the UK.
I was devastated, he was my right hand man. My best friend. It was our film, our dream. But he decided to leave. I honestly believed though that he made that decision to go back to the UK because he wanted to help us out by working there, earning more money that he could of in Peru to help us out and start paying back some of those loans.
The reality is that Jack returned to the UK and about 1 year later he still hasn’t given a penny back to my family. Now I am in huge problems, I had to get out more loans to start paying back, slowly but surely I racked up close to 20 thousand in debts.
The worst thing about this whole situation is that my sister and friends who loaned me money are going through difficult times because I haven’t been able to pay them back. This breaks my heart as it was never my intention to put them in that situation.
Jack left so all of the rent which was contracted for 2 years is having to be paid by me and my girlfriend. I work from 5 in the morning till 10 at night, Monday to Sunday but due to living in Peru and wages not being very high I am not able to save enough money to give back to the people who helped me.
I was supposed to have finished editing the film too, but because of all of this stress I haven’t been able to. It makes it feel like all of this was for nothing.
I’m not thinking about myself anymore, I just want to give my family and friends there money back.
I have attached the last contact that I had with Jack in an email that I sent him.
This has cause so much stress between me and my partner that we are on the verge of finishing which would be the very last thing that would destroy me. The whole reason for me moving to Peru was to be with her, and now I am about to lose everything.
Any help I could receive I would appreciate to the bottom of my heart, I have never done anything like this and I know there are probably a lot more people on here that deserve or need the money. But if you are someone who can relate to this story and wants to help me out I will be eternally grateful.
Thanks for taking the time to read,