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An Interview with David Black, Creator and Star of Dramatica Diablos

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2020

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Dramatica Diablos is a ten part series of short, quirky films that are introduced by Count Funghoula. Each one will be a different genre. The main idea behind each one is to challenge the way people think.

 

Why make an anthology series to begin with, what attracted you to the format?

 

Iím making short films anyway, so I thought that it might give them a bit more meaning if they were grouped together to form something bigger. Most are between 5-15 mins, so if all are put together, they can be packed up to make a feature, or just to be released on DVD.

 

(Other) sources of interpretation when dreaming up Dramatica Diablos?

 

I had shows like The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits in mind when I came up with the idea. I grew up on these strange films that took you to new worlds and often had a twist. This series gives the leeway to explore sci-fi, fantasy, horror and maybe even arthouse.

 

You of course also have to talk about Dramatica Diablos' host Count Funghoula for a bit, a character you have used in other projects before - so a few words about his creation and evolution, and what made him the perfect host for this?

 

I used Count Funghoula in Horror House, which was an expensive series to make in comparison to the films that Iím making. The Count Funghoula minis had only just come out when I realised that I wasnít likely to do a second series of Horror House. At least not in the short term. I decided to keep the Count alive by making him the host of this new series and itís been working well.

I do love being the Count!

 

What can you tell us about Dramatica Diablos' episodes so far?

 

We have 3 episodes finished so far and will be shooting a fourth very soon. The first one is Quest of Questions. In that, we got to do a bit of sword and sorcery and explored todayís changing values. Itís a comedy but has depth.

 

The second episode is Blargenfloof and the Seventh Golden Shamrock. This one is completely in rhyme and is intended to be like a childrenís story book. It also has a twist in it and a moral.

 

The first two have Vixey The as my co-star, and I love the job she did with her characters. The third episode, Sinister Symbiosis, is a gory horror story. Anastasia C Kouloukas plays a bondage mistress in this. I donít want to give away what happens, but throughout the movie, there are spots that make you think. This isnít just splatter for splatter's sake.

 

The next one is going to be more arthouse and is a commentary on the decay of the modern world and how progress has moved as backwards, rather than forwards. Itís called Klink, Klunk, Klonk and will be filmed under lockdown conditions.

 

Do talk about your series' approach to both humour and horror for a bit?

 

Iíd love to, but most people really donít believe what I am going to say, even though they could research it and see that my thoughts do have teeth. Basically, I see the black humour I bring to the films as being traditional Jewish humour. You see this in a modern context with Mel Brooks and Lloyd Kaufman. You also see it with actors like Gene Wilder and how he interprets his roles. More to the point though, you see it in Jewish works going right back to biblical times.

 

People might not always see the dark humour in the biblical stories, but you can see it more clearly when you read Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus. In his telling of the Book of Esther, there is a scene where the king has found out that his prime minister, Haman, has used his seal to make a day where all the Jews will be killed. The King finds this out at the same time as he is told that his Queen is Jewish, so the king goes looking for Haman to punish him. Haman finds out that the king has found out and runs to the queen to beg forgiveness before the king finds him and sentences him to death. Haman finds the queen lying on a couch and kneels down to beg, but finds himself quivering and blubbering. He keeps moving closer to her until he is wailing and virtually on top of her. At that moment, the king bursts in and canít work out wtf is going on. The King screams Ė ďHaman! First you try to kill my wife and now I find you trying to ravish her????Ē - that humour is the very same style as what I use. The Jewish community tends to be quite conservative and would be horrified at me claiming that my humour is traditional but you just see it coming out, generation after generation, century after century by so many Jewish writers.

 

You play one of the leads in (so far) every episode of Dramatica Diablos so far - was that intended from the get-go or did it just turn out that way? And do talk about your characters for a bit?

 

The main reason that I make my own films is so that I have roles to act in. I wasnít getting into very many local productions so it was time to just do it myself. Earlier this year, I did produce one film that Iím not really in, unless you count background actors. That was Hamlet for the Fireys. It was to help raise awareness during our bushfire crises. In that case, the cause was too important, but aside from something like that, my main purpose in writing and producing is so that I can act.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of Dramatica Diablos' cast, and why exactly these people?

 

We havenít filmed all ten episodes yet, so I can only talk about Vixey Teh, Anastasia C Kouloukas and Glen Cook. These 3 have been with me since I started making indie films. They were all in my first indie horror film, Dark Night of the Zomboogies. All three have their diplomas in filmmaking and have helped me learn and become the producer that I am.

 

The $64 question of course, where can Dramatica Diablos be seen?

 

Dramatica Diablos is being released on my YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/
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. Later on, Iíll be getting it out whereever I can. Iím already in talks with a couple of places that want to feature it on their outlets, but it's early days so Iíll let people know when/if that happens.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Dramatica Diablos?

 

So far, people seemed to be liking the series. Neither of the first two episodes has gone viral yet, but they both got a decent amount of views each on YouTube. Itís probably too early to know who things will pan out though.

 

So what does the future hold in store for Dramatica Diablos, and other future projects you'd like to share?

 

Dramatica Diablos will probably be going until mid next year, and then Iíll be looking at what to do next. During this time, and as soon as the lockdowns are over, Iíll be getting the last few days of filming my feature Badass Bunyip out the way so that we can release that.

 

Your/your series' website, social media, whatever else?

 

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I gave my YouTube site before, but here is my Twitter: @DarkVisible - social media itself is like a house of cards, and fellow film makers are finding their YouTube, Twitter, Facebook etc being locked, out of the blue, and with no way of recovering them, so if one ever disappears, try the other. I am also spreading my films out to other places, such as Vimeo, and to anyone that will put them on their site.

 

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

 

Not really. The current lockdowns have given me pause to think and re evaluate. What people are seeing now is the various projects that were set in motion before we all ended up quarantined. Although I donít have any big plans in place, I am spending time studying up courses and will possibly have something to announce in the next few months. For now though, Iíll be finishing off the series and my feature film.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thanks for having me on your blog again, Mike!

 

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