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A project by: Harriet Waterhouse


WE RAISED £2,005

from 21 donors

This project received donations on Fri 03 Feb 2023
Following the loss of her Mother, lonely office worker Mildred reshapes her world one fold at a time

A short summary of your project

The story of Origami, set in 1980s Britain, centres around Mildred, a bored and lonely office worker who is dealing with the recent loss of her mother, Rose. The piece explores what it means to deal with loneliness and how you can allow big life events like a loss to either crumple you or spur you on to make changes for the better.

Origami is a metaphor for the ability we all have to reshape our world, carefully fold by fold. Over the past few years, we as a society have gone through collective grief and have had more time than ever to assess whether our pre-pandemic lives are what we really want. Given these stressors, we believe Mildred’s journey and the messages in this piece could resonate strongly with people as we adjust to normal life again.

Who are you?

We are a team of current East 15 students and alumni, plus a few extra creatives and industry folks to help us make a great film. Our team is female led and diverse including a number of people from the global majority. 

Current Billed Cast

Abigail Stone as Mildred

Stephanie Arkinstall as Carol

Harriet Waterhouse as Rose

Crew Attached

Arabella Burfitt-Dons, Director

Ajay Nithyananthan and Harriet Waterhouse, Producers

Taylor Poole, DOP

Jaan Kurtulan, Sound Recordist

With a special thanks to Andrea Brooks for her advice and guidance. 

Where will the money go?

Making a film is an expensive undertaking! Here is a summary of where your donations will go:

  • Crew and equipment hire - £600
  • Travel (for us and our equipment), accommodation and subsistence - £550
  • Set design and costume - £450
  • Locations - £100
  • Insurance - £100
  • Hair and Makeup - £100
  • Contingencies - £100

Any additional donations above our minimum will go towards our art department and the final edit. 

Ways to help

Any donation big or small can help us bring this project to life!

Match funding 

We are receiving match funding on this project, which means any donation you make up to our minimum target will be match funded by click, so if you donate 5 pounds Click matches it another 5 pounds! Isn’t that amazing! 


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We have set up a few rewards for our donors to help express how much this means to us. Thank you so much for your support!