Your upcoming film White Pig - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
It's a crime thriller.
A series of grisly murders shakes a whole country. It is told through the
eyes of both the bad guy, Jens, who is the murderer and the good guy or
more good girl, Mia, who is the police officer and the story really is
about how they both end up crossing each other and ultimately how they
alter each other's fate.
What were your inspirations when
writing White Pig, and is any of this based on your personal
Ever since seeing Psycho when I was very young
I wanted to make a movie like this.
The social context came much later. I guess being both half Irish and half
Danish I have some experiences over the years and it's a strange ambiguous
state of mind but one that I accept, both are my spiritual home and many
feel that way too in Denmark and indeed other countries. But home has a
different meaning to different people when you ask them. Is it a sense of
belonging, a sense of mind, where you pay taxes, where you are born? -
there are many definitions and this can lead to conflicts and prejudices
on where someone should "belong".
You have developed your screenplay with
your producer Tine Mosegaard - so what can you tell us about her, and what
was your collaboration like?
It's great. She is a very
creative producer, she can reel me in when needed, encourage me and has
great ideas, very open. We always have a good laugh and enjoy working
What do you think makes
your movie especially relevant for today's society?
know. I wake up most days and in the news the front pages are about
discrimination, murder or corruption. So the movie reflects these themes
somewhat and puts them into crime fiction format but it takes the genre
and twists it a little. Sometimes I even have to ask myself what is to
attraction to crime fiction like this, then I go to the bookshop and see
stacks and stacks of crime novels on the shelves, so many folk like crime
thriller stories, they are insanely popular, I think we feel more alive
reading or watching about such things - we get to experience something so
far away from our normal daily lives but in a safe way.
would you describe the intended look and feel of your movie?
rather fast paced, lots of style. It's a retro kinda vibe both in visuals
and also in music and score. It will be entertaining and a kind of a
movies often suggest quite a bit of violence - so how far do you intend to
go concerning that aspect of your movie, and is there a line you refuse to
The violence in itself it not that interesting for
me in this story. It's the why that is interesting and the
aftermath. I guess in any crime thriller there is some violence but and is
there a line I refuse to cross? Yes, there is plenty. It's all about what
works for the story and the audience.
Anything you can tell us about your projected
cast and crew yet, and why exactly these people?
days. On our IndieGoGo page - http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/white-pig-a-new-feature-film
- you can see some actors involved. But there
will be more casting sessions.
as I know, you have decided to take the crowdfunding approach for White Pig.
What made you go this route, and what can you tell us about your
The traditional route was a slow, long
and a painful process. I needed to keep the script edgy with no folk
trying to water it down. So there was nothing to lose by trying to crowd-source to get things moving. If anything we would get awareness and
exposure for the film, some money to shoot it and all is good whether the
IndieGoGo deadline is met or not! So why not, we thought? Although it's
very hard work, it's really a 24 hour job and a balance of trying to make
your project visible to others and asking if they want to be part of it,
it's all very tricky stuff.
Once your funds are raised, how do
you plan to proceed, and any idea when the film might be released onto the
general public yet
(even if it might be waaay too early to ask)?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
We shoot in
October 2013. Hope to be available for screening in April 2014. I had a
meeting with the CPH:PIX director and he is game, so we will shoot for that.
projects beyond White Pig?
100% focus on this.
Although I have written plenty of other scripts, they'll wait.
website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
can I be an actor or producer or contribute to White Pig? I want to invest
a few millions because this is a sure fire hit...
for the interview!