AFTER more than two years of pouring in their own time and money into their passion project, the team behind Killing Off the Beat is asking for help to get their documentary over the line.

The film will investigate the spate of violent hate crimes against gay men in Sydney in the 1980s and 1990s.

[showads ad=MREC] Producer Serkan Ozturk, a former Star Observer journalist, came up with idea to make the film after complaints of police brutality during the 2013 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Along with fellow producer Igor Shmaryan, the pair have invested thousands of hours into creating the film and are now at the home stretch of editing it.

However, they need to raise $50,000 via a crowdfunding campaign in order to finish the film and to hire high-calibre graphic designers and musicians.

“No-one’s being paid and we want to pay people fair rates,” Ozturk told the Star Observer.

For Ozturk, who has not worked full-time since starting the film, it was more important for him to tell this story than to make money.

“All the money’s coming out of mine and Igor’s pocket… but I’m motivated to do this movie even if there’s only $5 in my pocket,” he said.

The pair have applied for funding through Queer Screen but are waiting for the outcome of their application.

“Crowdfunding makes us more independent,” Ozturk said.

“This crowdfunding is about getting the justice out there.

“There are people who have been damaged by these incidents and I hope the crowdfunding can help tell their story.

“I want people to talk about this issue.”

You can donate to the Killing Off the Beat here.

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