Who am I and Why: by Pierre-Nicolas Panasci
Australia doesn’t make enough gay love stories. I left France 6 years ago to live in London with no clue on how to speak English, a language that now I LOVE and ENJOY to speak every day. After 3 years over there, I have decided to try Sydney, for 6 months. It’s now been four years.
Wish for Tomorrow completes my wish to tell an important story. It’s inspired by my real life experiences and true events of real Australian and American couples.
I received really good support from people around me and got offered so much help to make this film come alive.
Wish for Tomorrow is totally different than my previous films and is my first professional work. It means a lot to me for you to see films that portray stories about the LGBTQI community.
Last year I opened my small business called ”P-N Imagination”. I am making low budget films, and last year I made an amateur short film called Don’t Say It. Made with one cameraman only! No crew, so have a look and see what I could do with no budget and what I can do now with your help.
I have been working in this project for more than one year now, and I am proud to say now that I shot the whole movie in 22 days.
A heady task, but one made easier by the amazing cast & crew that have come on board and the funding that I have already saved. And the fact that we have, in addition to the production itself, had the opportunity to train a group of exceptionally talented young people in the nuts and bolts of making a feature film – allowing them to shadow the professionals on the crew from pre-production right through to post.
But I am also proud to have worked with a bunch of amazing singers that composed ORIGINALS music for the film only and we also have original music score by Nicolas Jeudy.
In May 2012, 26-year-old American Shane Bitney Crone released a video on YouTube titled It could happen to you in which he shared his grief on the death of his partner, Tom Bridegroom. Shane told the world of his frustration after being rejected by Tom’s family who did not even allow him to attend the funeral of the man who for many years had been the most important person in his life.
The video quickly went viral worldwide and today has nearly 5 million views on YouTube.
In Australia, French director Nicolas Panasci decided to bring the story to the big screen. Wish for Tomorrow is not just a story about gay rights; it is a call for reflection. The film explores the consequences of living in a society of double standards and the struggle of inequality.
The story takes place in Sydney when Michael and James meet and start a romance that triggers a series of events. The relationship will face many obstacles. After a secret is revealed, an unexpected tragedy will change the life of the couple who strive to protect their relationship and survive the shock.
Panasci was moved after seeing Shane’s video on YouTube. At the time, he was writing a horror movie, but he couldn’t go back to it. Shane’s story had inspired him.
Panasci thought the story was very relevant in Australia, especially since gay marriage is still not legislated. He contacted Shane and asked for permission to share his story. “My story is your story. Share it as much as you can,” Shane told Nicolas.
Nicolas then contacted Coleen McMahon, a close friend of the late Tom Bridegroom and Shane. She had written the song “Beautiful Boy” that was included in the documentary Bridegroom.
Panasci wanted to use the song in his movie and Coleen did not hesitate to collaborate in the project. They were in touch via email and Skype for a year. “I didn’t ask any personal questions about Shane and Tom,” Nicolas says. “I wanted to tell the story from my perspective… it was based on a real story but keeping my personal touch.”
McMahon travelled from LA to Australia recently for the movie’s private screening. “The film was very well done. Nicolas did a great job,” she says, expressing at the same time how hard it was for her to watch Wish for Tomorrow.
She is very passionate about equality and thinks these types of movies are necessary to spread the message of tolerance and inclusion. “This film is going to reach a global audience,” she concludes.
Currently Wish for Tomorrow will only be screened at festivals within and outside Australia but Panasci doesn’t rule out the option of making it available online.
Despite the obstacles, the result is a film that is well worth the effort. Thanks to real characters and credible performances, the movie successfully transmits its message.
Panasci and McMahon express their commitment to a more pluralistic society, and when it comes to discrimination, changing people’s hearts and minds is truly the wish for tomorrow.