Your new film Misogynist
- in a few words, what is it about?
is a character study of a sociopath who guides a naïve young man in the art
of controlling women (ultimately for his own gain).
What were your inspirations for writing Misogynist?
wanted to make a film that really challenged the norm and society’s
notions of gender and how it is shown on screen. It is a film that raises
questions about how gender is shown on screen and perceptions in real life
easy or hard was it for you to get into the part of Trevor and into his
philosophy from a writer's perspective?
Trevor is one of
the darkest characters I’ve ever written. I’m a very social person so
I’ve met many people in my 27 years. Some good, some bad, some void of
any moral grounds. You ultimately get influenced by the things you hear,
see, experience and are able to incorporate some of that into your own
You once described Misogynist
as "the antidote to all the Fifty Shades of Grey-mania" -
care to elaborate?
I really feel like
be looked at as a very grungy real look into some men’s ideologies when
it comes to women. Obviously these men are very disturbed and
desensitized, but nonetheless, I approached this film in a very raw way
with raw characters who are effected by this one sociopath’s actions.
How would you describe your
directorial approach to your subject at hand?
I was well
aware when we were in pre-production that this would be a touchy and
sensitive subject matter to approach. I also knew I needed all the
performances to be there because it is so character-driven so that was my
main focal point.
you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
title character of Trevor was actually the most difficult to cast. He
needed to have the right look, the right acting chops and the ability to
go to a very dark place for this character to be believable. We went
through 2 full days seeing nothing but Trevor auditions before I did more
research and found Jon Briddell. After seeing his credits and reel, I
called him in and literally within a few minutes of his audition, I knew
he was it.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
dark a film as this is; it was actually a very fun shoot. I had brought on
the cinematographer I had worked with in the past and he brought on most
of his trusted colleagues as crew. The cast gelled really well together
and as cliché as it might sound, towards the end of the shoot we felt
like one big family. Everybody worked together extremely well.
talk about audience and critical reception of your movie for a bit!
again well aware that because of the subject matter, this film will rub
some people the wrong way. I am also aware that there will be some people
who are so quick to jump the gun that they will dismiss the film just
based on the title and not even give it a chance to watch. When somebody
sees the word “Misogynist”, a ton of negative connotations come up
(rightfully so), but my film is an expose of PEOPLE, of CHARACTERS and a
slice of life into who they are. It is not propagandist or intended to
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The usual suspects would be Kurosawa,
Kubrick, Aronofsky, Fellini, Scorcese, Haneke, Cronenberg and David Lynch.
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