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An Interview with Eddie Bammeke, Director of There's No Such Thing as Zombies

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2021

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Your new movie There's No Such Thing as Zombies - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Two hapless zombie hunters are sure a woman is hiding a dark secret, only for the truth to be on the other side of the door. They are a dark comedy remix of The X-Files' Scully and Mulder, but with these two you're never finding the truth out there.

 

Now how did the project fall together to begin with, and how did you get attached as director? And what drew you to the project in the first place?

 

My then agent, now bestie Luana Ribeira put me onto the project as she is co-producer. I felt an affiliation on day one of filming when we met Lynn Lowry and shot a car stunt with Rudy Barrow [Rudy Barrow interview - click here]. Everyone was so hyped up for it. It was almost like a Carry on Screaming film. Different from the dark edge filming Iím used to. Comedy is hard to pull off, but when this started as a short - Talk of the Dead - it was inevitable that it was becoming a feature film.

 

What can you tell us about There's No Such Thing as Zombies' writer/producer Michael Haberfelner [Michael Haberfelner interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?

 

It was nice to work with a producer who wasnít a complete dick. Michael had a vision, and it was nice to be with someone with a true writing talent. We gelled because our passion and desire work completely differently, we donít clash. He is relentless, I am relentless, but we let each other breathe.

 

To what extent could you identify with your movie's brand of humour?

 

Like I said earlier itís Carry on Screaming or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Zombies. It has the British comedy and style to it. Iím a cheeky Essex London lad so I love the script's British humour - written by a Austrian, that's ironic :D

 

Debra Lamb, Scott Hillier

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

My direction style is one of an auteur. I direct hand-on also I am still one of a raw style. Long sleepless nights, fast and direct. Letís not forget this feature was shot in a grand total of 3 weeks in total. Letís do it again soon I say. Create a big budget within your actions on set as an independent film maker.

 

Do talk about There's No Such Thing as Zombies' key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

First day on set I met Lynn Lowry, and still to this day I ask the question of why are you not bigger than what you are as actress. A throwback to theatre acting.

Debra Lamb [Debra Lamb interview - click here] and Scott Hillier are the same actor but of different sexes, both have the same natural talent.

Rachel Brownstein's [Rachel Brownstein interview - click here] a natural comedy actress. 

Rudy Barrow [Rudy Barrow interview - click here] and Rami Hilmi [Rami Hilmi interview - click here] are a comedy duo who I love to work with. 

Luana Riberia [Luana Ribeira a.k.a. Eirian Cohen interview - click here] is crazy.

The cast make the film because comedy is hard to pull off. Everyone listened and added their style to the role making this a cool comedy that is timeless humour.

 

Eddie, relaxing at home

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

On-set atmosphere - one sentence: A good workforce is a happy workforce. It was fun to be creatively involved with all these people.

 

The $64-question of course, where can There's No Such Thing as Zombies be seen?

 

You can see There's No Such Thing as Zombies next week (October 29th to November 3rd) at the IndieScream (online) Film Festival - follow the blood-stained link: https://indiescream.in.live/

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

The long awaited Essex Warriors, directed and penned by me and produced by myself and Michael is in edit final stages. And exclusive, Confusion and the Survivor, a film about drug fuelled ravers falling apart at a techno club, a film based in a world of humans and animation, written by myself and Michael Haberfelner, directed by me and produced by us both.

 

Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?

 

Follow me on Instagram, Eddie Bammeke, and on IMDb, same one and only name.

Also, for There's No Such Thing as Zombies go to https://theresnosuchthingaszombies.com/, https://www.facebook.com/theresnosuchthingaszombies and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7296378/.

And watch our movie on https://indiescream.in.live/!

 

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Anything else you're just dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Look out for most of cast and crew returning in a dark TV series in development, and Deep Undercover, a dark cop TV series.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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