FRENCH-born Sydney Film School student Cédric Eugène Desenfants has reached out to the LGBTI community to help make his film a reality via his crowdfunding campaign.

The film, Burning Soul United Under The Flag, is a historical drama inspired by the real events of two gay sailors of the Dutch East India Company who were sentenced to death by survivors of their shipwreck on the Australian coast in 1727.

[showads ad=MREC]Desenfants launched the crowdfunding campaign about a month ago, but he is still well below his target of $5000 with seven days remaining.

While most of the main cinematography for the film is complete, Desenfants said he encountered production issues and financial support was needed to fully complete the film project.

“We’re missing some coverage in the climax scene, and to organise a new shooting day we will need some more money that was mostly expected for post production and special effects,” he said.

Desenfants said the film had a “strong message” and aimed to do something “epic and dramatic to break the cliches and people’s expectations”.

“The story of Pieter Engels and Adriaen Spoor is too often a lonely line lost in history books,” Desenfants said.

“Today, I give a voice two these two men who will not be forgotten again.

“To think that even when I feel crushed for being different, heroes I didn’t know have been fighting for who they were.

“Our society nowadays has set such a conflict between being a hero and embracing sensibility… we live this new wave of epic programs breaking hetero-normative expectations of the genre.”

“It’s time for all the too long forsaken heroes of the past to rise and be heard.”

Desenfants also wanted to reach out to other “outcasts” who feel that they do not fit in society.

“As a queer person and someone who just doesn’t fit into modernism, making film is now my only rope to hang on to and take part to modern society,” he said.

“If I can inspire anyone else someday to stand and fight in their turn, then it would bring me even more happiness.”

To make a donation, visit the crowdfunding site at Indiegogo

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