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An Interview with Amy Hesketh, Director and Star of Olalla

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2013

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Your upcoming film Olalla - in a few words, what's it going to be about?

 

It’s about an incestuous family of (genetic) vampires, and how they have survived throughout the ages.

 

As far as I know, Olalla is still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?

 

We currently have an IndieGoGo campaign going, complete with an entertaining pitch video. So far, we’ve reached over 60% of our goal!

http://indiegogo.com/projects/olalla

 

Olalla is based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson - so what fascinated you about this story, and how faithful do you remain to it? And other sources of inspiration for Olalla?

 

It’s the first story that explores the possibility of genetic vampires living among us. Gothic literature, my favorite.

I pick up where Robert Louis leaves off. I felt that his story left much to the imagination, it developed something very strong and hinted at much more, so I’m taking it to a fever pitch.

I love the taboo theme of incest, the idea of genetic decadence, vampirism. It’s dark.

 

What can you tell us about the intended look and feel of your movie?

 

I have two eras in the film, and two different looks. One part is set in the 1880’s and has a softer, more Victorian interpretation of lighting. It’s paced a bit slower in order to savor the details, the movement.

The other part is contemporary, a whiter, harsher light, faster paced, and yet these are people who exist somewhat outside of our time, so they clash a little with technology, or reject it altogether. I empathize with that, I have a phone that’s over 9 years old.

 

Olalla is in part a period piece - so how do you go about that part of your movie, also logistically?

 

We found a great location in a colonial hacienda in a part of Bolivia that looks very much like Spain. We have a fixer producing in that part of the country, getting together extras, a horse-drawn carriage, etc.

The hacienda has its own infrastructure in terms of lodging and catering, so that’s a big help.

 

As far as I know, Olalla will feature a massive burning on a stake-scene as one of its climaxes - you just have to talk about that one of a bit!

 

This scene is huge. I intend for it to be the most memorable scene of its kind in a film.

The original Olalla, of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story, commits an unpardonable act, which gives the townsfolk, already living in fear of the strange family, an excuse to put her to death.

But they do it in the most violent way possible, dragging her from her house, chaining her to a cross on a hill, whipping her in front of the angry mob, and then burning her at the stake.

I can’t do anything halfway, this scene is going to be crazy.

 

What can you tell us about your projected cast so far, and why exactly these people?

 

Mila Joya plays Olalla's sister, Ofelia. She’s sexy, aggressive, and sinister all at once. Mila has grown a lot acting with us in other films, and I knew she would love the part. We worked on creating her character together, which was lots of fun.

Jac Avila [Jac Avila interview - click here] plays Felipe, the original Olalla’s brother, in the contemporary scenes. He was an obvious choice for the creepy uncle.

And Alejandro Loayza plays Felipe in the 1880s scenes. Alejandro played a younger Jac in a short film earlier this year, and Alej is a great actor.

Maria Ester Arteaga plays Aunt Aurora, the matriarch of the family, full of disapproval. She worked with us before in Maleficarum.

Beto Lopez and Fermin Nuñez play the fraternal twin brothers, Uncles Edgar and Orelio. They’re the comic relief in many scenes, but also incredibly creepy. Fermin worked with us before in Maleficarum, and Beto, of course, has been in all of my films.

Erix Antoine plays cousin Bruno, prissy, cleaning up after Olalla (daughter), and baking all the time. Erix is a big guy, tall, so playing the gay cousin is interesting and new for him, and not typecast. He wanted to sink his teeth into a more contemporary role.

I cast myself as both Olallas (mother and daughter), which is always a bit difficult, acting and directing, but I really wanted the roles, they’re both so tragic. Their character arcs are great.

 

I know that while you're still raising funds, you've already started production on Olalla - so what's the schedule, and any idea when and where the film will be released yet?

 

We’re more than halfway through filming, about 80% of the contemporary scenes are done. We’re scheduled to finish the contemporary scenes in November.

And we’re scheduled to shoot the 1880’s scenes the first or second week of December.

We have a 2014 release date for Olalla.

 

Any future projects beyond Olalla?

 

I always have about 2-3 scripts waiting on the backburner. Jac and I have discussed a Maleficarum II, and there is the second (and third) part of Dead But Dreaming up for production next year.

 

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The IndieGoGo campaign: http://indiegogo.com/projects/olalla

The movie’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OlallaTheMovie

My Facebook: http://facebook.com/AmyHesketh

Our website: http://vermeerworks.com

My YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/AmyHesketh

 

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

 

I encourage anyone interested to contribute, or share the link, to the Olalla IndieGoGo Campaign. This film is really looking great, and the part set in the 1880’s, in particular the iconic crazy scene, can be that much more powerful with everyone’s help!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

As always, thank you!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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