You have very recently produced and starred in the movie A Killer
Conversation. In a few words, what is the movie about, and what can
you tell us about your character in it?
is a hilarious black comedy which really should not
be funny but it is. Without giving too much away, itís about a hostage
situation that should be the main point of conversation and panic, but
itís actually the last thing on the characters' minds.
I play Pauline
who is self-obsessed and rich but slightly dull (although she believes she
is a well-informed person) - basically she was great fun.
How much of
Pauline from A Killer
Conversation do you see in yourself, and
what/who (else) did you base your performance on?
Ha ha, well I donít think I see any of Pauline in me although her
attitude of doing whatever it takes to get what she wants I can relate to
on a smaller scale of course! And I think I based her character on your
typical WAG and a little bit of Paris Hilton, which came a little too easy
for my liking - I would have thought that playing a character so set on
material things would have been a little bit harder.
as I know, A Killer
Conversation was your first comic performance,
at least on film. What sort of a challenge was that, and ... well, how did
you get your comic timing down quite so perfectly?
Well, I donít know if I got it down perfectly, I will let you and the
audience be the judge of that but I have done comedy before in The
Flirting Club and numerous theatre productions. In fact my best actress
award was for a comedy. If I did manage to pull off the comedic timing
then I will be over the moon, because then I can say horror and comedy are
my strengths ... and they happen to be the biggest selling genres.
did you get in touch with the project in the first place, what convinced
you to do it, and as a producer, how did you manage to push it through in
what must have been record time?
It was with an interview with the wonderful Michael Haberfelner
interview - click here] that I
mentioned that I produced low budget horror films and that Iím always on
the lookout for scripts that are based in one or maybe 2 locations with a max
of 3 cast ... and to my amazement you actually sent me this script that has
been on the shelf for 20 years - I still feel extremely privileged that you
had faith in me to do it justice. When I get a script, especially one that
blows me away like this one, then I have the attitude if we donít get
this done now it will never happen, so straight away I found an amazing
filmmaker with a like mind, David V.G. Davies [David
V.G. Davies interview - click here], who is a genius and a one man
band right down to editing the projects himself, which is the sort of filmmaker I look
for - unfortunately they are far and few between. I then found
the location and set the dates for filming and then cast it - I went
through about 3 Karls before Ryan Hunter [Ryan Hunter interview - click here] due to unavailability, but wow what a
find he was we had an amazing cast and crew, I think we filmed it exactly
1 month from my getting the script or there about.
Melanie Denholme, Rudy Barrow, Ryan Hunter,
Michael Haberfelner, Paul Hobday, David V.G. Davies, Adam Lanfranchi
The actual shoot of A Killer
Conversation took a mere three (looong) days. How much of a
strain was that on cast and crew, and what can you tell us about the
Yes, it was 3 very long days with maybe 2-4 hoursí sleep each night, and
with any other cast and crew it would have taken 10 days - but because we
were all so dedicated and professional we got it done and I believe every
single person involved with the shoot enjoyed every minute and felt no
strain. The onset atmosphere was incredible, I have never laughed so much
on a film set before in my life, one scene that should have taken 5
minutes took an hour and a half because we were in hysterics.
A few words about your director David
V.G. Davies [David V.G. Davies
interview - click here], and why did you choose him for the
I met David on a previous project and noticed straight away how creative
and professional he was, and when I found out he does everything right down
to the edit there was no question other than please please David make this
film with me. Also this film needed a director who was experienced in
horror not comedy or it would not have worked.
Rudy Barrow, Ryan Hunter, Melanie Denholme
What can you tell us about your co-stars Ryan Hunter [Ryan Hunter interview - click
here] and Rudy Barrow [Rudy
Barrow interview - click here], and how did you find them?
Rudy Barrow is an actor I have worked with before,
and other than being a dam good actor he is one of those people who are
great to have on set, he bought to his character more than I imagined. It
was the first time I had worked with Ryan and he was recommended to me by
David - and thank goodness he was, what a pro and such a nice guy to act
opposite, and like me this was a very different film to do for him as we
both are known for more gritty roles, and to have the opportunity to do
comedy and to do it as well and as naturally as he did was quite important
for him and me both as we were both keen to be seen in a different genre.
have also pretty much insisted that A Killer
Michael Haberfelner (yes, that's me) [Michael
Haberfelner interview - click here] is on set for the whole shoot. In a
word, why, and any regrets (don't say yes ... please)?
On-set snapshot: Melanie Denholme, Michael
Haberfelner, Rudy Barrow
Firstly I was honoured to have been given such a genius script in the
first place, secondly I knew this was your baby which had been stashed
away for 20 years - and when youíre given a script for free I feel it only
right to involve the person whose creation it was. I also believe a writer
has a vision that when collaborated with the director only good things can
happen. Apart from that you were awesome to have on set, your help and input was
invaluable and if it was not for you none of us would have
experienced this amazing project.
few words about the rest of the crew?
I would like to thank Paul Hobday who acted as
runner and all round Mr Helpful, he really did look after us. We had two stills photographers Chris Howley
and Adam Lanfranchi [Adam
Lanfranchi interview - click here], both who were amazing and goodness they took some
amazing shots which I can't wait to share with everyone, and I will definitely
be asking them back for future projects. We also had a very talented
makeup artist, Bonnie Deponeo, who I think was a little shocked at the
hours we worked but she still enjoyed every minute and her work I cannot
recommend enough she was fab.
It might be way
too early to ask, but when and where will A Killer
Oohh ... now thereís a question, itís still in post at the moment but
Iím hoping it may be by the end of the year (a touch optimistic I agree),
but fingers crossed we will be looking at early 2013 latest.
from the editor: After several delays, A Killer
Conversation will be released February 15th, 2015.]
You have entered the film
business as an actress and have picked up producing only recently. Why in
the first place, and how encouraging or discouraging is it to work on a
film like A Killer
I sort of fell into producing - on the last two films that I worked on
with Phillip Gardiner [Philip
Gardiner interview - click here] I was put down as producer and I didnít even
realise that that was what I was doing, I just thought I was helping out
only to be told that that is what a producer does, ďorganiseĒ. So then
Phil gave me an incredible opportunity to produce my own stuff which he
would release via Chemical
Burn Entertainment, something that I canít
thank him enough for because if it was not for him I would not have had
the opportunity to work on projects such as this one. They may be no-budget and Iím not competing with
Pirates of the Caribbean, but when you
have such a wonderful and talented team alongside you with the tools to do
the job, and if the viewer enjoys watching the films as much as we have
enjoyed making them, then in my book we are all winners.
Please do talk
about a few of the other films you have produced recently!
Before A Killer
I had just finished producing a film called
Twisted - The Devil In Her Mind, a very gritty horror about domestic abuse
- it will be a hard one to watch as Grace is put through hell (literally).
This was my first production, and it was a lot harder than A Killer
mainly because the script just grew and grew to include a
large cast and about 15 locations, and when youíre the lead role in the
same production it becomes very hard to organise everyone and everything
whilst being on set 99% of the time, but again we had amazing cast and crew
who pulled together to work 20 hour days, and we completed it in 2 weeks,
the edit on this though will be a lot more complex, so I imagine A Killer
will be released first.
The first film I helped to produce was Philip Gardiners
One Hour to Die, which I enjoyed immensely. This I believe is out for release in August this
year, and then after that I helped produce The Dark Watchers Ė Women in
future projects beyond A Killer
Conversation you'd like to talk
Wow, I have so many but the one Iím most excited about is the sequel to A Killer
Conversation, written by you. I also have another 4 scripts that need seeing too and Iím
reading one right now that is sending shivers down my spine - I wonder if David
V.G. Davies [David V.G. Davies
interview - click here] will have a heart attack at the amount of work Iím going
to be sending his way, hahaha!!
Anything else you are dying to mention and Ihave
merely forgotten to ask?
I have recently finished some pretty intensive acting training which I
canít wait to bring to set - watch out film world, the new and improved
version is about to rock and roll.
Thanks for the interview!