Movies

Why you should watch Zach Braff’s new movie

So, as many of my Facebook and Twitter friends will know already: I contributed financially to the making of Zach Braff’s new movie: Wish I Was Here.

Sarah Louise Smith & Zach BraffWhy?

Well, that’s a very valid question. Unfortunately, I do not know Zach Braff personally (although I did meet him once – evidence of the 30 seconds I spent with him are captured in this photo) and I do not have a pot of money to through at random Kickstarter projects.

The reason is this: Zach Braff inspires me. Sure, I had a bit of a celeb crush on him when he was in Scrubs, but I also think Ryan Reynolds is cute and I wouldn’t contribute towards his movie (unless he came to my house and asked me very very nicely, perhaps) … but it’s not about Zach’s cuteness anymore. It’s about Garden State – Zach’s first movie, which I loved … and it’s about All New People – the play Zach wrote and starred in, in London a few years back. I loved this play so much I saw it twice.

So what did I love?

It was real. And honest. And most of all: it made me want to go out and live my life. It inspired me to stop stressing all the little things and live for today. After seeing that, I worked harder than ever to make my dream of becoming a published author come true (and I made it happen!)

I’m a sucker for anything inspirational. Show me an inspirational movie or play me a song with lyrics about being a hero, or living life to the full, and I’ll have a grin on my face the rest of the day.

And I’m not the only one who feels this way about ZB – so when Zach asked his fans to help him raise $2m to make Wish I Was Here, I wasn’t surprised when he actually raised over $3m.

Throughout the movie-making process, Zach has provided us ‘backers’ who helped raise this cash with constant news about what he’s up to, including videos and stories and photos and so on…. it really has felt like I’ve been a part of the journey to make this movie happen.

Then, I saw the trailer and got even more excited.

So, now I have to wait to see the actual movie. I’ll be going to a private backer’s screening in London in September (so excited). But, it’s already out in the US so if you’re there – go see it and let me know what you think! And if you’re in the UK/other countries – keep an eye out for it this autumn.

It’ll inspire you – I know that and I haven’t even seen it yet! Find out more here >

Since writing this post, I’ve now seen the movie, read my review here >

In other news – Independent Jenny is released 16 September! More news about this coming soon…

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