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Former Windsor pupil hoping to help Nepal earthquake victims with film

Former Windsor pupil hoping to help Nepal earthquake victims with film

Lucy Elder

Former Windsor pupil hoping to help Nepal earthquake victims with film

A film-making team including a former Windsor Boys’ School pupil is hoping to help people in Nepal affected by Saturday’s devastating earthquake.

Earlier this year, Tom Cullingham travelled out to the country as part of a team making a short film about street children in Kathmandu, titled Maya.

Directed by Veemsen Lama, who set up the production company Javiya Films, the film follows three young children who are forced to live on the streets of the country’s capital.

Maya, Bikram and Kancha work at a brick factory and their dream is to build a home of their own with the bricks they make.

Written by Tayo Odesanya, Maya is inspired by real events and was filmed in just two weeks at the beginning of March.

Tom, who grew up in Windsor before moving to London to study for a degree in film at Ravensbourne in Greenwich, is the film’s producer.

“The idea came about when Veemsen returned to Nepal and saw all these kids still living on the streets and decided he was going to do something about it,” he said.

“So that is the purpose of the film really, to raise awareness of street kids.

“Obviously they need us more than ever now.”

The top contributor on the film’s page on fundraising website Indiegogo page will receive two VIP passes to the première in London, the date for which is yet to be announced. They will also receive a photo book of production stills signed by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, who is supporting the team’s efforts.

A screenshot from the film of the Dharahara Tower, which was destroyed by the 7.9 magnitude quake. Photo by Javiya Films.
“It is my first time producing a film, I have never done really anything like this before,” said 19-year-old Tom.

“We are so fortunate in the UK. I think people forget how lucky they are. Even for those struggling here, it is nothing compared to what they have to go through in Nepal every day.”

As well as raising awareness for the street children in Nepal, Tom said they are hoping to raise funds for the charities Children of Nepal, CHANCE For Nepal, Save The Children and The Red Cross.

The trailer was released on Wednesday. Visit www.thefilmmaya.com for more information.

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