Celebrated British actor Sir Derek Jacobi has become the latest star to get involved with the crowdsourcing movement as his latest film project is reliant on public donations. The King's Speech actor has agreed to appear in a new sci-fi movie, Sun Never Sets, along with Harry Potter star Katie Leung, who will play his onscreen adopted daughter.
A statement from producers posted on the film's fundraising page on Kickstarter.com reads, "Our film is set in the near future where China has become the undisputed world power and the West is in disarray. Now, the tired and hungry people of Europe are fleeing to the great cities of China to seek a new life as economic migrants."
Leung is urging fans to make donations to the project, writing in a post on her Twitter.com page, "We need all the help we can get for this super cool project! If you like the sound of it please share and like etc."
The page had raised just $887 (£591) of a $37,500 (£25,000) goal as WENN went to press.
Jolie continued her high-profile work as an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees by visiting the island of Lampedusa, which has been overwhelmed by an estimated 20,000 migrants fleeing from Tunisia and Libya following the uprisings over the spring (11).
In a bid to calm tensions brewing between the 6,000 native islanders and the migrants, Jolie reached out to the residents during a ceremony at Lampedusa's memorial for refugees lost at sea, urging them to try to understand the migrants' predicament.
She said, "It is very hard to imagine looking out at this beautiful sea how many people have risked their lives and how many people have risked their children's lives and so many of them have lost their lives at sea.
"Can you imagine how it must feel to finally cross in (to Italy?) - for the coast guard to save them and carry them to safety, save their children's lives and give them a chance to survive and to have a future, and what it means to them."
The Hollywood actress has been travelling the world plugging the new spy movie, taking in Russia, Japan and Korea in the space of a few days.
But Jolie, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations (U.N.), took time out from her busy schedule to meet with officials at the U.N.'s refugee agency in the South Korean capital of Seoul.
The Oscar-winner reveals she learned a lot about the plight of migrants who flee the separate state of North Korea and are often persecuted when they are sent back there.
She tells the Yonhap news agency, "They spoke a lot about the concerns about people being persecuted when they are sent back to North Korea... I'm very concerned about the people... I know all of you are (concerned), as well, and you have been doing a great deal to help them... I'm just in solidarity with all of you. There's a lot of news about tension between the North and the South, but there's not much about how much care and support they continue to give to North Korea."
A stark look at the lives of migratory farm workers, focusing on one family. The film was Emmy nominated as the Outstanding Drama of the 1973-74 season, and nominations also went to director Tom Gries, actress Cloris Leachman, cinematographer Dick Kratina, and composer Billy Goldenberg.