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Second attempt at raising cash for Eileen Gray film fails

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A filmaker’s second attempt to raise money to renovate the iconic E1027 villa in southern France has fallen as flat as its first

EG Film Productions launched an initial video appeal in April for £160,000 to help restore Irish architect Eileen Gray’s modernist house.

When less than a fifth of this total was donated before the May deadline, a fresh attempt was made calling for just £26,500.

Now time has run out on the second appeal with little over £4,000 pledged this time round – despite the offer of an acting role for those paying just £100.

EG’s forthcoming film, The Price of Desire, focuses on the life and works of Gray and will be in part shot at E1027.

The villa is currently undergoing restoration work under the supervision of the French cultural authorities. It was hoped the film’s fundraising would help it contribute to this work.

EG said in its most recent appeal: ‘We sincerely hope that by appealing to those for whom the preservation of architectural heritage is important, and to those who wish to see Eileen Gray receive the recognition she deserves, we will raise at least the minimum of funds necessary to make a substantial contribution to the restoration of this architectural triumph.’

The E1027 villa was controversially attributed to Jean Badovici for many years.

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