An unfinished work by the late Gerry Anderson, MBE, the man who created award-winning cult hits such as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, UFO and Space: 1999, is to be brought to life for a global cinema audience.
‘A Christmas Miracle’ is a computer animated feature film that tells the story of an invasion by aliens who have an unusual demand: “Bring us Santa Claus!”
It was one of the final projects Gerry Anderson worked on before his death in 2012 and is being brought to the big screen by his son Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment, the film production company set up by his father.
Gerry Anderson wrote the script and worked with concept artists on designs for some of the characters but, as Alzheimer’s took hold in his last years, the film remained on the drawing board.
Two-thirds of the £30m budget needed to fund A Christmas Miracle is already in place, and Jamie Anderson has pulled together a team that includes people who worked on the original project with his father, including director Mark Woollard, producer Mark Sherwood, and executive producer Daniel Pickering.
To help push funding over the finish line, Anderson Entertainment has joined forces with Goldfinch Pictures and entertainment accountants Nyman Libson Paul (‘NLP’) to complete the financing using tax efficient SEIS and EIS investment structures, giving investors up to 64% tax relief (50% income tax relief plus Capital Gains Tax relief of 14p in every pound invested), in addition to 100% Inheritance Tax Relief.
Jamie Anderson explains: “We’re now in the final stretch of fund raising for a major motion picture production of one of Dad’s greatest projects. Working with the highly experienced teams at Goldfinch Pictures and NLP, we’ve devised an investment structure that can give investors a £1 stake for only 36p, accompanied by other attractive tax reliefs and exemptions.”
Jamie adds, “We drafted in Scott Tracy, one of Thunderbirds best-loved characters, to help us at a British Film Institute presentation in London this week to help convince investors that A Christmas Miracle really IS go and I can’t wait to get started!”
Anderson Entertainment was founded by Gerry Anderson, MBE, creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Supercar, UFO, Space 1999, Joe 90 and many more.
Goldfinch Pictures is a range of enterprise investment schemes (EIS) and seed enterprise investment schemes (SEIS) which aim to support British films by raising money through private investors. It was launched by entertainment accountants Nyman Libson Paul in January of this year.
All its films are vetted by an expert panel that includes former British Film Commissioner Colin Brown and Stephen Evans, the producer of Oscar-winning films Henry V and The Madness of King George, and all schemes have the appropriate Inland Revenue approval.
Nyman Libson Paul (NLP)
Nyman Libson Paul is a firm of chartered accountants that operates in all sectors but has particular expertise in the entertainment industry and provides tax, financial and commercial advice to businesses and individuals, including the winners of Oscars, BAFTAs and the Queen’s Award for Business.
The firm was founded by Nyman Libson in 1933 and has a unique track record in film. A picture that proudly sits in the main boardroom shows the founder singing on the set of White Christmas alongside the film’s stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.