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An Interview with Jessica Hunt, Co-Director and Star of The Truth Will Out

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2020

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Your new movie The Truth Will Out - in a few words, what is it about?

 

We follow documentary filmmakers behind the scenes, taking a closer look at things that go on. They visit a family of witches for the show, all is going to plan until the host notices the youngest daughter, the crew are aware of his interests, implying that this is an occurance, and seek to capture footage to blackmail him. However, the family of witches have other ideas of how to handle a situation like this.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing The Truth Will Out?

 

I was reading a lot about Wicca and Greek mythology, this inspired the witch characters the trilogy, also known as the triple goddesses of witchcraft (based on the phases of the moon) Diana, Phoebe and Hecete. Co-director Sam Mason-Bell and I were also very taken with the #metoo movement and were keen to tell a story inspired by this.

 

You have co-written and co-directed The Truth Will Out together with Sam Mason-Bell [Sam Mason-Bell interview - click here] - so what can you tell us about him, and what was your collaboration like, both during writing and actually shooting the film?

 

This is our second feature where we have both co-written and directed together and it just seems to work! We have our own ways of storytelling which means we get to brainstorm and come up with ideas from the start. That's the hard part really, then everything else is easy because we both know and are happy with the story and are set on delivering it. 

 

Since The Truth Will Out isn't your first time working with Sam Mason-Bell, what can you tell us about previous collaborations, and how did you two first meet even?

 

We met through Facebook! I was an actress in a short for Sam called Angel of Decay. Sam wrote a script and I edited it and actually ended up coming up with the film's name. So, really we just started working like this automatically.

 

Do talk about The Truth Will Out's approach to horror!

 

Docu-horror is really only scary because it is meant to portray as close to reality as possible. The Truth Will Out also does imply that there are works of magic, we chose to show those moments outside of the documentary style of filming for a more evocative feel.

 

You have shot The Truth Will Out found footage/mockumentary style - so what are the advantages and challenges shooting that way?

 

The challenges mainly come in post, editing things so that they don't look overly edited is actually harder than it sounds. Sometimes you have to choose between quality and believability. A huge advantage is that we didn't have to hide much, the camera and sound men were characters and therefore we were able to capture things authentically as most things were captured by them. 

 

A few words about the flat The Truth Will Out was filmed at, and what was it like filming there?

 

Sam and Jackson's humble abode! They agreed to let me loose and to redecorate for the film. Most of the decorations were collected from numerous charity shops, which was fun! But the cherry on top came when Jackson brought down a box full of paintings, these were painted by his late aunt, they were so unusual and some were straight up creepy - they were perfect!

 

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

 

I mainly focus on character direction and improv exploration with the actors. There are some scenes that require less to no dialogue, those scenes where it is important to convey a feeling to the audience, are often what I specialise in.

 

You also play one of the leads in The Truth Will Out - so do talk about your character for a bit, what did you draw upon to bring her to life, and have you written her with yourself in mind from the get-go?

 

No not at all, the characters were inspired by a trilogy in mythology. Kate was based on Hecete, magic goddess of the night. She was a dark character that I felt attached to immediately and knew that I would be able to portray. I wasn't sure if acting and directing was a good idea but I figured that there was one way to find out!

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

The cast were an easy cast, we knew each other from working on previous projects. Kayla Charlton (Phoebe) was not someone with much acting experience but was perfect for the role, so I had to make sure to offer her more guidance as a director, she did a great job.

 

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

 

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Everything went so smoothly, we were a real family for those few days, getting a good sense of the characters and their relationships on set. Everyone was an actor in the film that was on set, so we were literally all in it together.

 

The $64-question of course, where can The Truth Will Out be seen?

 

Sam can tell you this, haha!

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The Truth Will Out yet?

 

So far we have received a great response.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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