About the Film
An inspiring love story between television superstar, Andy Whitfield, of “Spartacus” fame and his charismatic wife, Vashti, who together take on the most heroic role he’s ever had to play. With matching 'Be Here Now' tattoos on their forearms, they go on a quest to heal Andy from a cancer diagnosis – by embracing life, rather than fear. They bravely allowed filmmaker, Lilibet Foster, to follow their dramatic and intimate roller coaster, in the hopes that by sharing their journey, they may help inspire others with challenges and dreams. And, it’s their determination, courage, healthy dose of humor and love, that shows us that the journey is more important than the destination.
As though life is imitating art, actor and sex symbol, Andy Whitfield, had just achieved his dream of becoming a star as the tragic-hero of the hit series, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” when he is faced with his biggest personal challenge. Before now, Andy and his charismatic wife, Vashti, combined their will-power to make their dreams become reality, including Andy’s transformation from an engineer into a successful actor. Now, they set their sights on beating cancer, by making a promise confirmed in matching ‘Be Here Now’ tattoos, to embrace life rather than live in fear.
They allowed Academy Award® Nominated filmmaker, Lilibet Foster, to follow them throughout their dramatic and life-affirming journey, in this love story that unfolds over their quest to find a cure, in the hopes that by sharing it, they might help inspire others faced with challenges and who have goals and dreams. Shot in a verite style in Australia, New Zealand, India and the US, it is their powerful determination, remarkable openness, irrepresible humor and love that makes the film an intimate and inspiring life-lesson about having the courage to face challenges and take advantage of every day – regardless of the outcome. It also reveals how close, yet so far, we are from finding a cure for this disease, which touches all of our lives.
Ultimately, “Be Here Now” (The Andy Whitfield Story) is a life-affirming love story about aiming for the skies, yet appreciating and embracing what is right before us. This film is for anyone who has ever faced a challenge or had a dream. Their inspiring journey is an example for us all to both manifest our own destiny, yet remember to “Be Here Now".
Our Kickstarter Campaign
After filming for 18 months, we ran a Kickstarter campaign to continue filming and edit the film. We are so grateful to all of the backers who helped make “Be Here Now” (The Andy Whitfield Story) the 3rd most successful Kickstarter documentary campaign.
Our Cause Related Release
As Andy wished for, we are proud to release the film with the hope that it will be inspiring to all of us who are faced with challenges or have dreams, to reach our full potential and make the most of this one life we are given, while making an impact by working together with our partner organizations, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Stand Up To Cancer, who are on the front-line of cancer research, treatment and support.
Our theatrical release is sponsored by Grand Prix Café, the classic car club, garage and internet company. Owned by avid collector, Julian R. Ellison, GPC specializes in the sale, servicing and storage of classic cars and motorcycles, living up to their promise to love and cherish your car.
We wholeheartedly thank our Kickstarter backers and our worldwide Be Here Now community, for your outpouring of support and encouragement. Our appreciation also goes out to film festivals, press, journalists, bloggers, Starz, Deus Ex Machina, BedStu and everyone else – for your help, support and coverage of the film.
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Maybe McQueen is an homage to my beautiful husband Andy who died of cancer in September 2011, aged just 39. Losing my best friend, the father of my babies, the man I used to laugh with about something ridiculous on a daily basis, has completely broken my heart. At the same time it has fuelled me to get on with my life, to stop waiting until tomorrow when I feel stronger, happier, clearer or braver and to finally back myself in the way that Andy always backed me.