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An Interview with Malcolm Deegan, Director of Fractional

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2014

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Your movie Fractional - in a few words, what is it about?


It's about a psychiatrist, John Hatchett (Desmond Daly), who is kidnapped by a man called David Crowe (Peter O'Toole) who claims to be a former patient. John Hatchett has a past that he wishes to remain secret, a secret that David Crowe is willing to do anything to reveal. At its core it is a who is more evil-story, which is left up to the viewer to decide.


What were your main inspirations when writing Fractional?


I wanted to try to create a one-location storyline with a compelling mystery and have the audience be unsure where the story is going to go. Ultimately I wanted to create a twisted psychiatry session in a horrific claustrophobic setting where you, the viewer, are witnessing every moment over 5 days.


Neither of the two main characters in Fractional is a "good guy" in the traditional sort of way - so who do you identify with more, the manipulative psycho or the self-denying psychiatrist?


I'm not exactly sure that I identify with either of them really. I see them more as extreme cases of personalities that are self-destructive. For me it's interesting to write complex self-destructive characters. It is true, though, that neither character is a true 'good guy' in the traditional sense of the word, but I do feel that the character Hatchett at least has a sense of humanity albeit a very selfish version of that. I wanted to create two very flawed characters both having traits of self-destruction and letting the audience decide which of the two is essentially the 'bad guy'.


Desmond Daly

Peter O'Toole

For the most part, Fractional was shot in but one room - so what were the challenges but maybe also advantages of this, and could you ever be tempted to shoot another movie in such a confined space?


The challanges involved were varied - one example would be trying to keep the setting clautrophobic while at the same time trying to mix it up a little bit visually. So in essense it became difficult to keep things 'simple' and restrain myself visually to keep it claustrobic and have it be about the charactors, the oppressive setting and the acting. I wanted the camera to be an extension of that breaking the fourth wall at times to be the voyeur in proceedings. 

Would I film another movie in a confined space again? I would but not for a while and maybe not for the entire movie or in a similar location we used on Fractional.


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


I knew going in that I would need a good cast to make the characters real and believeable. Because of the nature of the script, which has a lot of dialogue, I needed actors who were skilled filmically but also in a theatre setting and I was fortunate to cast Desmond (Daly) and Peter (O'Toole) in the main roles. They had a chemistry together that helps make the world I wanted to create believeable and real. That was a very important aspect.


Do talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere?


Generally the atmosphere was fun as it needed to be considering the subject matter of the film. The shoot took much longer than anticipated, as it was so difficult to film in the location with constant interruptions from noise pollution and locals. Most days we would actually only get to film for maybe 2 or 3 hours at most. That was a major headache both for me and the actors as it made it difficult to keep a consistant hrythm going but we persevered and got to the finish line.


What can you tell us about critical and audience reception of your movie?


So far the critical response has been really great. It's essentially a claustrophobic psychological mood piece with a mystery at it's core so it's not going to be to everyone's taste. But I'm delighted that lots of people have embraced the concept and enjoyed the mystery.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I am working on a follow up feature film project called The Virion Strain about an outbreak of a deadly virus in a small town and one man's struggle to overcome his fears.


What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?


I always had a love of film even as a small child so it grew from there. I went to college and studied film production.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Fractional?


Our production company, Totality Pictures, produced a number of short and feature film projects aside from Fractional, such as Hell's Drifter and Territorial Behaviour as well as music videos and promotional materials.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Sneaky. Just Jjking. Dedicated and passionate with a genuine love for what I do.


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Alien, Aliens, The Fly, The Usual Suspects etc - again this list could go for a very long time...


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Storage 24. No offense meant to the filmmakers as I respect what hard work it takes to make a film in the first place.


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@fractionalfilm – Twitter handle.


Thanks for the interview!


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