Your upcoming movie The Pact - in a few words, what is it
Well the tagline is
'When you're burying the past....you need all the help you can get!' It's
about life, troubles and how you can look to escape the life fate has in
store for you!
What were your sources of inspiration when
writing The Pact, and is any of it based on personal experiences,
I wanted to buck the trend of women being either The Final Girl or the
victim so set out to write strong female leads and I had Eloise Daye in
mind from the start for the character with the biggest transformation
because she's so talented and I knew she could play both ends of the
spectrum. Also, there is a Joe Jackson song called Is She Really Going
Out With Him with the great first line 'pretty women out walking with
gorillas down my street' about a man wondering why women go out with these
men who treat them like shit. I wanted to explore that kind of
relationship and tell it from the woman's point of view and give them an
opportunity to put things right!
As far as I know, The Pact is your
first script (that's actually getting filmed at least) - so why is that,
and how and why did you get into writing in the first place?
my wife fell pregnant I had to take a step back from acting as I prepared
to become a dad. With her being tired a lot and with me having a lot of
time on my hands I had a lot of acting energy but nowhere to use it so I
picked up a pen and started thinking about how I could write something
that maybe someone else could take on. I've always written from a young
age, short stories, songs - but to be honest it was a way to pass the time
more than anything else. That was 3 years ago and now my son Luke is 2 and
a half I'm energised to bring it to life.
would you describe yourself as a writer, actually, and are there any
writing rituals you tend to follow?
have a warped imagination and while writing this and a full length film
(that Chris and I hope to make after The Pact) I wrote a scene that's so
awful I read it to my wife and she couldn't look at me for a couple of
days! I also like the style of Dean Koontz, who puts ordinary people in
extraordinary situations. That's my kind of style - get the audience to
think 1) this could actually happen and 2) what the hell would I do if it
happened to me?
What can you tell us
about The Pact's director Chris Dudley [Chris
Dudley interview - click here], and what's your collaboration like
first met Chris when we both did live action horror acting for paying
crowds. If I recollect he was a seedy vampire and I was the Head Abbot of
a haunted monastery! He's a very talented actor and his best roles in
front of the camera have yet to come - but at the moment he's honing his
craft behind the lens and learning from very talented directors and
producers such as Aidey Pugh and Luana Ribeira (a.k.a. Eirian Cohen [Eirian
Cohen interview - click here]). I approached Chris with
the script and basically said 'I wrote this. I'd like to see it made but I
have zero clue about the production side. You're awesome and I really
think you're the guy who can take it out of my head and onto the screen.'
He loved the script and sees it as a great chance to add to his
directorial repertoire - and he's excited to make a thriller that has a
few twists and turns!
You'll also appear in front of the camera in The
Pact - so what can you tell us about your character, how do you
prepare for the role, and did you write him with yourself in mind from the
got a track record of playing a nasty man in a lot of my films and Pete is
no different - he's vile! I wrote myself into the role for two reasons
really - one is selfish in that I get to play opposite Eloise and I
couldn't pass that up. The second reason is practical - Pete is so nasty
and he's a bit of a wife beater. I have done fight scenes and coordination
before and know how easily things can go wrong! I wasn't going to risk
anyone getting hurt on our set so I gave me the responsibility of hitting
someone safely - and if it goes wrong Lord help me!
What can you tell us about the rest of your
(however tentative) cast, and how much of a hand did you actually have in
choosing these people?
mentioned above Eloise was on my dream cast before I even finished the
script. Francesca Treymaine was also on the hit list. We've worked
together since acting school, most memorably in A Frank Exchange -
she can also play a broad range from submissive housewife to femme fatale.
Danni Shepherd is an amazing actress Chris has worked with in the past -
piercing eyes and a girl next door look, how could we not use her?!? As
for the male leads it's the unholy trinity of Leon Child - a man I know
from acting school who might even play a better villain than me -, Chris
Dudley (no idea who this is) and Paul Sutton (another relative newcomer).
Chris and I had a fully formed cast from the start and we're blessed to
know so many amazing actors. We're also incredibly blessed that they all
said yes without hesitation and without pay bwahahahaha!
As far as I know, this film is
still in pre-production - so basically, what's the schedule, and any idea
when it might be out yet (however tentatively)?
filming this November - after that I let Chris work his magic and
hopefully just after Christmas we'll see the finished results on the
festival circuit early 2019.
future projects beyond The Pact?
indeed! At the same time I wrote The Pact I wrote a full length film
called Choices. I read Chris a scene that made him shudder and the plan is
on the back of (hopefully!) a successful festival run for The Pact we'll
generate enough interest to justify making choices. I'd originally written
it with me in mind for the lead role but I have to be honest and say I
wouldn't mind another actor playing the role and me adopting a more
advisor based role. I'd still want to make a cameo though, maybe that's my
thing now hahaha
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you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Big love to Lynn Lowry and Debra Lamb [Debra
Lamb interview - click here], two ladies who really do buck the
trend for women in films and two of the key inspirations for the darker
side of this film. Some of the lines were very much written with them in
mind and I hope they enjoy the homage to the slightly darker sides of
their nature J
for the interview!