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An Interview with Eirian Cohen, Producer and Star of Talk of the Dead

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2017

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Your new movie Talk of the Dead - in a few words, what is it about?


Troxadil - a new drug is having some disastrous and absolutely hilarious side effects...


How did you get involved with the project in the first place?


Some crazy Austrian dude [Michael Haberfelner interview - click here] came to me asking for help after the last production team had to drop out for various reasons and after seeing the script, I was only too happy to take it on!


What were the main challenges when making Talk of the Dead from a producer's point of view?


The main challenges with this particular shoot were working within a very limited budget, the weather and some members of the public who were opposed to having zombies in their neighbourhood...

I am always very hands on with all my productions - I love the whole experience of being on set around other creatives.


What can you tell us about Talk of the Dead's writer and fellow producer Michael Haberfelner [Michael Haberfelner interview - click here] [and watch your mouth, since he's actually me ;) ], and what was your collaboration like?


Michael Haberfelner and Eirian face off in The Night Monica Came Back

Well, allow me to say a thing or two about Michael (Dr. Evil) Haberfelner.

Ahem... This guy is bat shit crazy and absolutely brilliant. I have worked with him since then on The Night Monica Came Back [Eirian's The Night Monica Came Back interview - click here] and First Impressions Can Kill and he regularly writes screenplays for my company Northern Star Acting.

We definitely make a good team and I can't wait until next time :)


With Talk of the Dead being a zombie movie of sorts, is that a genre you're at all fond of, and some of your genre favourites?


Honestly? No. Never been into watching zombie movies but absolutely LOVE being in them and making them because they are so much fun. My first ever film was The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead, which was an incredible (and very cold & sticky) experience.


You of course also have to talk about Talk of the Dead's brand of comedy, and to what extent could you identify with it?


I don't know how to describe it other than 'really bloody silly'. Could I identify with it? Yes, because I love this sort of humour and Michael's scripts are always full of awesome oneliners and random silliness.


You do also appear in front of the camera in Talk of the Dead - so what can you tell us about your character, and what did you draw upon to bring her to life?


Oh she was great fun to play. She was spoilt, stubborn, clumsy, attention seeking and very funny. I actually knew somebody who she reminded me of which really helped me to bring her to life... I say no more haha!

Talk of the Dead will actually end up being a part of feature film, There's No Such Thing As Zombies, and I will be playing a part in that too. Keep an eye out for details.


Do talk about the rest of your cast, and to what extent were you involved with casting, actually?


They were just brilliant! I played a big part in casting. I shortlisted from hundreds of applicants and then Michael and I worked together to come to the final decisions which was damn hard.

Michael had already managed to cast a few of the actors as well as getting The Crazies actress Lynn Lowry involved and had already cast her and arranged to fly her over which was just amazing. It was an awesome experience to work with her and I was ecstatic when we got to do it again for First Impressions Can Kill.

Everyone did such a great job and I loved working with every single one of them.


with Rami Hilmi

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


The same as most of our film sets - fun, relaxed (most of the time), but we focus, get shit done and do it quick!


As for now, the film's still making its festival rounds - so anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Talk of the Dead yet?


The reception so far has been outstanding. I'm looking forward to hearing what the UK audience have to say about it.


Since Talk of the Dead, you've made First Impressions Can Kill with pretty much the same cast and crew - anything you can tell us about that one yet?


Oh this is hilarious!

Have you ever met someone so deluded and desperate for acting roles that they would go to any lengths to book the part? Look out for this film...


Any other future projects you'd like to share?


with Lynn Lowry in First Impressions Can Kill

There's a few at various stages at the moment.

We have a documentary coming up called The Acting Biz which revolves around real actors who are breaking into the industry. This isn't some bullshit fairy tale version of 'showbiz', this is real life, showing the highs and lows, the successes and failures and the sheer determination and hard work that every actor who is achieving great things has had to go through.

The Night Monica Came Back is a short film written by Michael Haberfelner [Michael Haberfelner interview - click here] and starring Human Centipede 2's Laurence R. Harvey. This will be released summer 2017.

Undercover is a drama series by director of Talk of the Dead, Eddie Bammeke (find him on [Eddie Bammeke interview - click here], which has huge potential and I can't wait to get filming this year.


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