'Don't Throw Stones'

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Hello and welcome to the 'Don't Throw Stones' crowd funding campaign. 
I'm Mike Brook, the Director, Editor and Producer of the film.

If you haven't already, then please check out the trailer at the top of the page.

Don't worry, it doesn't give away the end!

‘Don't Throw Stones’ is my first feature documentary as a director.  It’s based on a fantastic and hilarious memoir by a musician Stephen Cummings, called 'Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?'

Here is Stephen to add to my plea.

Never one to hold back, Cummings sticks the boot into virtually every person in the music industry, both friends and foes.


Feathers were ruffled, feelings were hurt, and friendships tested.  My film gives Stephen’s targets the right of reply.

Stephen was the singer with the legendary Australian band, The Sports, who has since carved out a critically respected, yet commercially neglected, solo career.

6 months ago, the film was completed.

With the help of my friends at Renegade Films, 3 months later it screened at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). 

It was well reviewed, had two sold out sessions and went on to be voted 8th in the People's Choice Awards. 


‘Don't Throw Stones’ is a film itching and ready to go.


Here's a link to a cool clip produced by 'chrsdyson'
It's for a song from Stephen's current album.
http://youtu.be/5IHnTOAsanMNot Over You Clip


Don't Throw Stones is a funny, poignant and exceedingly rare kind of rock'nroll documentary, a riot of mixed recollections that presents its subject as a gloriously fallible human being:
Gifted and paranoid, good humoured and bitter, loved and berated by those who have shared his blessed and cursed journey.

Recalling a wild ride from the quiet suburbs of Melbourne to the cool school of London punk to the perilous US major label gravy train and back again, Stephen Cummings and his closest foils and allies read aloud from his best selling memoir with a mixture of hilarity and indignation that underscores his unique, take-no-prisoners approach to the life of pop in all its thrilling absurdity. It's a movie that has to be seen, full of songs that the world needs, at last, to hear.


How The Funds Will Be Used

So why the Pozible campaign?

The music clearance costs have proved too expensive to take it any further

The publishing rights to the 20 odd songs featured are scattered amongst many organisations.

Some of the companies have been very supportive, but not all.

Clearing the rights will cost $35,000.

I have already paid a substantial fee for music rights just for the festival screenings. If I can clear the rights, I have distributors who will promote the film for more festival and cinema screenings, television, VOD and physical release, but, having funded the film entirely myself, maxing out the credit cards and emptying the bank account in the process, I simply can not afford to do it.

Now, to get the film out, I need to source funds to cover the music fees and to prepare the film for release.

Stephen has received no payment for his involvement, he has waived his fees for music [where possible] and ultimately he will benefit if we can get this film a wider audience.

Portal Closed
Unsuccessful in meeting the target on 8th Feb 2015 at 6:20am.
A$1 +Rockwiz Vinyl Xmas album!VINYL Rockwiz Xmas album! Anyone who donates by 20th December we will endeavour to get it to you before Xmas. VINYL ALBUM POSTAGE NOT INCLUDED!
7 Chosen | 193 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2015
A$10 +You just want to help!Out of the goodness of your heart, no reward. We will say thank you on the Facebook page.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is February 2015
A$30 +A copy of the filmA downloadable copy of 'Don't Throw Stones'.
31 Chosen | 269 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2015
A$40 +Stephen Cummings CDYou will receive a signed copy of Stephen Cummings latest CD
2 Chosen | 98 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2015
A$75 +'With Thanks'Your name will appear in the 'with thanks' section of the film's credits
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$100 +The Film & 'With Thanks'You will receive a link to a downloadable version of the film prior to the official release, and a 'with thanks' credit.
18 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$200 +Stephen Cummings gig & CDReceive an exclusive invitation to a Stephen Cummings gig and a copy of his latest cd and 'With Thanks' credit. Travel and accommodation not included.
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$300 +All of the Above!Exclusive entry to a Stephen Cummings gig plus a signed copy of his latest CD plus a download of the film prior to the official release plus a 'with thanks' credit.
2 Chosen | 48 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$500 +Premiere Screening plus!All of the above plus an invitation to a premiere screening in Melbourne, travel and accommodation not included
2 Chosen | 198 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015
A$1500 +Rockwiz BackstageCome backstage at a Rockwiz recording and meet the stars!
0 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2015
A$2000 +Rockwiz ExperienceA table for 6 at a Rockwiz filming in Melbourne (travel and accomm not included).
0 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2015
A$5000 +Associate Producer creditYou will receive an Associate Producer credit on the film and an invitation to an exclusive screening of the film in Melbourne (travel and accommodation not included) plus a early viewing copy of the film.
1 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2015