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An Interview with Daniel Harding, Director of The Missing Hand

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2016

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


Itís about an unlikely duo who come across a severed hand, and must decide what to do with it.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing The Missing Hand?


I try to stir clear of any direct references when writing, but I know I naturally digest inspiration from what I watch and that inspiration will come out. For this I would say Dr Strangelove, In Bruges and anything by the Coens.


Do talk about The Missing Hand's brand of humour for a bit?


Itís dark humour. Stuff that wouldnít normally make you laugh out loud, but in the context of what we are seeing, the situation is absurd. The actions of the characters are also unexpected, so that brings about humour, and also their inability to succeed. The opposite of a good hero. 


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


It came down to good casting. I needed to find two actors who could play off it each other, and I think I succeeded with Meryl Griffiths and Neil James. Without those two, it would have been a lesser film for sure. I then steer the ship and just make sure we stay on course, but by that point the hard work is done.


Do talk about your cast, and why exactly these people?


Well Iíve worked with Neil James plenty of times before, so once I had Trevor down in the script, I knew I wanted Neil. Meryl Griffiths, I was just extremely lucky to find her. She is such a talented actress, and great fun to be around, Iím just glad I put the call out and she saw the ad. The other two guys was slightly different. Itís much harder to cast the smaller roles with good actors, and they hardly have any lines. Radley Mason and I had been in touch, and he was keen to work together, and Joseph Emms was in contention to play the lead in my previous film Killer Bird - itís all about networking.


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


It was shot in one day, so we had to be very focused about what we were doing. We had a rehearsal day, which ironed out some of the problems that could have arisen on the day. But overall it was very relaxed, professional and a good day. I tend to run around like a headless chicken for much of it because I give myself far too much to do, but the others seemed to enjoy it.


The $64-question of course, when and where will your movie be released onto the general public?


I hope to release it about this time next year - giving it a year at the festivals to see how well it does. 


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The Missing Hand just yet?


Itís been good. I am relaxed about this film because itís not trying to do or say too much. Itís a bit of fun, with some jokes thrown in. People seem to Ďget ití which is great, because that attachment to the material leaves you a bit clueless. I am excited to show it to more people.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Well, Killer Bird is another currently doing the festival thing, and I am just about to release a short, one take comedy called Toast online, and Iím just about to start editing a new one called Two Pound Forty Pence, and Iím currently casting the one after called Man In A Suit.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any training on the subject?


It was the prospect of spending my life doing something I didnít love doing. I had no choice when it come to filmmaking. I went to University, and I did lots of side projects to improve my skills.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Missing Hand?


Iíve made several short films, which are available to view online. I write a lot too nowadays.


Do talk about your production company 23Ĺ Productions, and the philosophy behind it?


I donít really have a philosophy behind it. I started the company because I wanted to promote myself as an independent rather than just a filmmaker. It gives an audience a brand to recognise and follow.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


I think that is a question you need to ask the people I work with. I would hope they would describe me as collaborative and hard working, but in reality that would probably say I am nightmare to work with.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Filmmakers who produce work that is not tainted by the need for the industry to make money.


Your favourite movies?


Fight Club, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


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