Your upcoming movie Brian the Blessed - in a few words, what
is it about?
Brian the Blessed is a horror/thriller, a story about love, loss, and serving body parts to the homeless.
What were your inspirations when writing Brian
Two years ago my father died from cancer. We were never close and to see him for the
first time after ten years laid in a hospital bed unable to talk was not only terribly hard but
also life changing. My need to write and direct was ignited and Iíve not looked back on
How would you describe your movie's
approach to horror as well as its special brand of humour?
The movie approaches horror from a psychological angle. The humour that arises is
very much like the humour where someone laughs at a funeral, inappropriate but
talk about the intended look and feel of Brian the Blessed
for a bit!
Itís dark and gritty with moments of beauty. The bleak overall feel is decorated with small
details adding a jarring reality to Brianís world. Then there is the contrasting moments of
love which add lightness to the bleak world.
You will also be in front of the camera in Brian
the Blessed - so what can you tell us about your character, and did
you write him with yourself in mind?
OK sure. I took the role as I want to cameo in the films I direct, but feel that anything
beyond that currently i.e. playing the lead is a little too much for me to take on. The role I
play is key in the pivotal turning point of the film. (What drives the couple to try to protect their love for one another. Basically I am the
attacker at the start of the film.)
What can you tell
us about the rest of your key cast, and why exactly these people? And how
did you get them in the first place?
All my key cast are people Iíve either worked with before or have had an interest in. To
me, Ewen MacIntosh [Ewen MacIntosh
interview - click here] is perfect for the role. Natasha Coppola≠Shalom who plays Brianís partner
Kathy, has a natural innocence to her which I know will work beautifully visually when
she delivers the darker side.
As far as I know,
your film is still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us
about your fundraising efforts?
Yeah sure. The fundraising is a mixture of private equity and the current crowd fund
Once your funds are
raised, how do you plan to proceed? And though it's probably waaay too
early to ask, any idea when the film might be released onto the general
Once funded itís go, go, go! Locations are locked down, actors are rearing to go.
Obviously weíll have to plan around schedules but filming will commence asap. Itís hard
for me to say when the project will be available to the public but not too long after post I
Any future projects beyond Brian
the Blessed you'd like to share?
Yes I have two features scripted that I will pursue. The first is a thriller about a woman
released from prison. The second is a sci≠fi horror.
As far as I know,
you started out in films as an actor - so do talk about Raine McCormack
the actor for a bit, and your training on the subject!
Iíve acted in various TV and film parts. Acting is something that I have always loved,
however I was late to the game so to speak! I trained when I was younger but never
pursued it until well into my thirties. No 'overnight success' but Iíve had some great
times along the road with it.
(Itís a long term thing both acting and directing.)
prompted you to pick up directing eventually?
I love films, Iíve always been a writer and Iíve written a lot of music, so the move to
directing was natural ≠ combining all my skills, sense of timing and visual feel. The
decision was simple.
about your filmwork prior to Brian the Blessed for a bit?
I wrote and directed a short film titled Heís Gone, which has been received very well. I
also have my businessí site www.reelkingmedia.com.
My approach is always to deliver
the highest standard that I can with available resources.
would you describe yourself as an actor, as a writer and as a director?
Passionate, engaged and committed.
writers, actors who inspire you?
Nicolas Winding≠Refn, Stanley Kubrick, Christopher Nolan, Tom Hardy, Javier Bardem,
Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey. I love people who walk their own road.
Your favourite movies?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
In no particular order, Under the Skin, Amores Perros, Gravity,
The Shining, The
Texas Chainsaw Massacre, No Country for Old
Men, The Pusher Trilogy, Drive and on and on...
and of course, films you really deplore?
Those with style over substance e.g.
movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
else you are dying to mention and I've merely forgotten to ask?
Only that people can help Brian the Blessed by sharing and tweeting the above crowd fund page.
Buzz is as important as the money so any help appreciated!
for the interview!