Your film Daddy's
Little Girl - in a few words, what is it about?
Little Girl is based on actual events from my hometown in Australia.
There are 5 different cases from child molestation to child murder. The torture however is not real except for one part. The scene
with the barbed wire up the ass was actually done to one the these child
killers in jail.
Regarding the very sombre basic subject matter of the film (the
loss of a loved one) - was any of this based on personal experience, and
did you do any research on the subject? And other sources of inspiration
when writing Daddy's
the actual story was inspired by a very close friend of mine, Both her and
her friend were molested by her uncle, he kept diaries and film of what he
did to these girls from the age of 7/8. He was actually caught because of
When Derek finds his daughter on the beach, this was another hometown
case where 2 young girls (again around 8 years old) left a family BBQ and
were beaten to death by a family friend. The father found them the next
day in the sand dunes, only meters from where we shot Derek’s scenes.
How would you describe your
directorial approach to your story at hand?
wanted to challenge myself and attempt to shoot drama then merge into the
horror/gore. Although this is only my second feature, I felt I did not
learn a single thing with my first film and wanted to really push myself
as a director.
I do drama again? FUCK NO hahahahaha, I want to do full horror/gore films.
People keep saying now my films are “torture porn”. I like this hahaha!
Little Girl gets very violent - how easy/hard was it to dream up
these sequences, and was there ever a line you refused to cross? And while
we're at it, do talk about the effects work on the movie as well!
this shit was easy, I have 4 amazing children and coming up with ideas
was not to hard at all. I did exactly what Derek did in the movie and went
to Google, then found cool torture methods and made them my own. I
asked doctors how to keep people awake and that too was told to Derek in
The special FX was so much fun as we had Steve Boyle - Day Breakers,
Days of Night, King Kong, and so many more films. Steve is my hero in
FX and since I too am a special FX artist we created some pretty cool
NO WAIT we created “torture porn”.
can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
originally wanted my daughter Savannah to play Georgia, but my ex (her mum)
wouldn’t allow it. Savannah did name the character Georgia. I cast
Michael Thomson (Georgia’s dad) because he looked gentle, the kind of
lad you wouldn’t pic to take revenge, Allira (Georgia’s mum) was a no
brainer, this chick is a frigging insane actress and I believe will do
great things in the USA if she gets a chance. Christian (Tommy) was good
being your typical Aussie bum, people love Aussie larrikins and know one
would never suspect such a young guy could do such heinous crimes. Sean
Gannon (Colin) is a very natural Scottish actor and also helped with
investing in the film and loves nothing more than to act.
was very happy with the main cast I chose that’s for sure.
talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere!
filming was awesome, a small yet very passionate crew. They always worked
their buts off with NO COMPLAINTS as most indie filmmakers do. They want
to just live the dream and make motion pictures so YES, filming was an
can you tell us about critical and audience reception of your film so far?
Hahahahaha, where do I start on this one. It seems if an “indie” filmmaker gets
good reviews on IMDb, they must be friends or family. It’s impossible for
people to actually like an indie film. Most people down under LOVE Daddy's
Little Girl, I
have a few haters, and man they hate me hahahaha. One guy has set up fake
accounts to bring me down on IMDb, WHY? I have no clue, maybe he is a pedo…
the response to Daddy's
Little Girl is good, let's be honest as well, NO ONE likes every
movie they see and as filmmakers we are used to this. As they say, you
can’t please everyone!
future projects you'd like to share?
am now in pre-production for my four-film “slasher”-franchise called
Charlie’s Farm. We have cast Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Bill Moseley, Kane
Hodder and Allira Jaques to STAR in Australia’s first ever slasher
franchise. We start shooting Charlie’s Farm in March, I am super excited to
get back to Killing people again.
What got you into
filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the
up one day and decided that I wanted to make movies, I was already doing special FX, so I guess you could call it a progression into Film. No
training at all.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
first film was called Come and Get Me… Moving on.
Look, Come and Get Me was great, but had under 20K budget, no sound, bad lights, but once
again LOTS OF TORTURE PORN. Although not the greatest movie ever made, I
will always be proud that I did it.
How would you describe yourself as
have been described as an auteur director; everything is in my head,
storyboards, shot lists all go out the window when I am on set. I will try
to use with Charlie’s Farm, but any good director will tell you once you get
on location your real vision kicks in and it’s on.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
McLean, George Romero and Eli Roth I guessm- to be honest I don’t get
inspired by that many people, I don’t watch normal TV, I don’t drink
or do drugs, I am ALWAYS at home busy inspiring myself.
the Dragon and ALL Bruce Lee films, The
Exorcist, Jaws, Razorback, Evil
Dead. Shit man, I could go on there are SO MANY GREAT FILMS.
... and of course, films you really
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
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Human Centipede, I thought it was CRAP.
Then they made a number two. But he,y I do admire Tom for doing it,
those movies are so well known, so good on him.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
Farm - https://www.facebook.com/CFarm666?ref=hl
Little Girl -
FX website –
do have Twitter but I am not very good at it.
Anything else you are dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
mother named me after Christopher Lee (Dracula). Why am I telling you this
I have no clue, but something extra for ya.
Thanks for the interview!