Final Days for Funding Campaign for Simon Fitzmaurice

| December 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

On the 7th November, Kennedy Films and Newgrange Pictures launched a major crowd-funding campaign for Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented writer/director and father, who is also physically incapacitated with Motor Neurone Disease. Their target was an ambitious €200,000, the sum required to fund Simon’s on-set support, to enable Simon to direct the film he has written – My Name is Emily

The response has been nothing less than extraordinary – in less then 3 weeks, messages flooded in from the local and international film community with words of support from Sam Neill, Colin Farrell, Alan Rickman and Jim Sheridan amongst others. The Irish media and public have rallied behind the team all the way, raising nearly €90,000 to date. Support for a crowd funding campaign in Ireland is unprecedented and the Irish public have proved themselves exceptionally supportive.  This week, the story of Simon’s quest to make My Name is Emily has broken in US press with a feature in world renowned Vanity Fair magazine.

Simon Fitzmaurice is an award winning film director who was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2008 – just after his 2nd short filmThe Sound Of People screened at the prestigious Sundance Film festival.  At the time he was the father of 2 children with a 3rd on the way and was heralded as “Ireland’s most promising film-maker” .

Simon didn’t allow his disease to affect his drive to be a feature film director and started writing his script My Name is Emily.  As his MND condition worsened, Simon gradually lost all physical function, but he persisted and eventually after 5 years, he finished the script with an iris-recognition screen, effectively typing with his eyes.

The crowd-funding campaign for My Name is Emily closes on 7th December.  Proceeds are halfway towards the ambitious target. The Irish public have been incredible, and you can help and support this one last push to make this wonderful film become a reality.

To view the crowd-funding campaign, visit




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