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An Interview with Adam Weber, Director of The Body

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2020

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Your new movie The Body - in a few words, what is it about?

 

In a nutshell, The Body is about a pair of hitmen, one considerably more experienced than the other, who are tasked with burying a body in the countryside - but things don't go exactly according to plan.

 

The Body takes what's pretty much a throwaway scene in modern crime cinema and drives it to its unexpected extremes - so what inspired you to make a movie about "cleaners" in the first place?

 

Yes I suppose those types of scenes can sometimes come across purely as filler, depending on the filmmaker and their intent. For me, making my living in a hands-on job (carpet laying) I wanted to play with the notion of a laborer or tradesman's assistant if you will. In the past I've had people attempting to assist me, who more often than not completely lacked experience – and it showed. This is exactly that, just set in the world of hitmen.

 

Other sources of inspiration when writing The Body?

 

My sources of inspiration range from popular horror/slasher films all the way through to situational comedy and everything in between. Horror fans will certainly pick up on a couple of references here and there, and I wanted to pay homage to the likes of the Coen Bros (Fargo and Blood Simple) and Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown), in addition to films like Killing Them Softly and 100 Bloody Acres.

 

What can you tell us about The Body's brand of humour?

 

Humor is such a subjective thing, isn't it? But in the case of The Body, I think it's even more niche because of some of the phrasing that is very specific to us Australians. My hope is that international audiences are simply enticed by the notion of something that's different to their regular film diet. The dialogue is reeled off quite quickly and I didn't feel the need to highlight each of those moments that were intended to be a funny. I think if you're doing that, your writing isn't strong enough to stand on its own.

 

With The Body entirely shot in one locations, what were your techniques to keep things interesting throughout on a visual level?

 

You're quite correct there. Other than the opening title sequence, the film was shot in a singular location. And believe it or not, the location was actually a property in the middle of a busy suburb and not the desolate landscape we make it out to be. In regard to making it as interesting as it could be, the location itself did a lot of that for us. That said, I spent months of pre-production planning shot choices and how the sequences would play. In addition to bringing along a really professional camera department, our DP Nick Berry-Smith bought a wealth of knowledge to the project when it came to transitions and back lighting etc, and ultimately he is a huge part of the reason why I think the film has those layers.

 

Do talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand!

 

Haha, nice of you to ask! Although I'm going to end up saying the same thing I have in the past – and even more so in regards to this latest film. I've always stated that I'm the guy that procures the puzzle pieces, but it's those singular pieces working together that creates the completed puzzle. The bulk of my job was done once I had my cast/crew locked away and they deserve any accolades that come my way.

 

What can you tell us about The Body's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

I'd previously worked with all three of the actors in one capacity or another on my last short film The First Date. Tim was an extra in that micro short and I'd worked with him on another occasion. As luck would have it, Anton came on board to fill a role very last minute on that same short. Marc is a man who wears many hats in the industry and he was my DP and editor back on that film, but this time around I really wanted to use him in an acting capacity. He and Anton knew each other well and hopefully that professionalism and shorthand they have with each other shows in the end result.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The shoot itself, like most, was a lot of fun – albeit somewhat stressful. We had something like 10 pages of dialogue that needed to be shot in just two nights! The shoot was delayed twice throughout summer and spring due to scheduling commitments and was eventually booked in the winter months where unfortunately we ended up losing an entire night due to bad weather. Everyone powered through pretty long nights though, and we got there in the end which was a relief.

 

The $64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?

 

Unfortunately there's a bit of the unknown about official releases etc. I'm currently in the process of looking into securing a publicist and having us take the festival route over the next 12 to 18 months. We may be a couple of years away but hopefully those of you in the US will be able to catch it at a festival in the not too distant future!

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The Body?

 

With COVID-19 taking the world by storm back in late February-early March, we haven't had the chance to do an official premiere yet, and in fact, a majority of the cast and crew haven't even seen the completed film! The reception from the handful of critics who've seen it thus far has been overwhelmingly positive, which of course is great feedback for the work everyone put in. We're currently four from four with festival selections so fa,r which is fantastic news!

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

From pre-production through to every facet of post, we spent over a year (on an off) working on The Body and so to be honest I've welcomed the break and a little down time that comes with that haha! Being a self-proclaimed cinephile I find it challenging to find new and interesting ways to re-invent ideas and stories. That said, I'm in the very early stages of drafting another short screenplay that will see me venture into a mix of western, comedy, and science fiction. I've also been working for the last few years on a re-imagining of Stanley Kubrick's 1956 crime drama The Killing, so stay tuned!

 

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You can find the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thebodyshort/ and the IMDb at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9794466/

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I think you've pretty well covered everything, Michael, thanks for chatting. It's been a pleasure and I'm looking forward to being able to share this film with the world in the not to distant future. Thanks again!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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