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Investors needed for comedy film

Film production company Cowboys and Indians plc is aiming to raise £3.5m for a new comedy drama through an enterprise investment scheme.

The company already has American-based sales agent Bauer Martinez Studios interested in handling the worldwide distribution of the film.

The company also hopes that casting actors from Bollywood will boost the film&#39s commercial potential even further and has hired two Bollywood consultants to advise on a suitable “Indian release” version.

Early investors are even being given the chance to appear in the film as extras.

Minimum investment is £1,000. Cowboys and Indians says even if only the minimum target of £500,000 is raised, there will be enough to cover the costs of a TV or video release.

The firm says it already has in place many of the key team members necessary to ensure its success, including producer Ron Purdie, whose credits include Death on the Nile and Jeeves and Wooster. Composer Gabriel Yared, who wrote the award-winning score for The English Patient, is also likely to join the team.

Cowboys and Indians director John Adams says: “While investors need to recognise the risks, Bend it like Beckham was made on a similar budget and as at May 19, 2002 it had box office takings of more than £9.67m in the UK alone.”

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