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An Interview with Edward Harvey, Co-Director of Sinister Nicky

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2016

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Your upcoming movie Sinister Nicky - in a few words, what will it be about?

 

Sinister Nicky is a horror comedy about a middle-aged married couple, Bill and Helen, who acquire a strange looking garden gnome as a house warming present. Once they welcome the gnome and give him his own little spot in their garden, strange goings-on begin to happen leading to tragic consequences.

 

Obvious question of course, why a garden gnome? And your personal take on these abominations of nature?

 

The idea came from co-director and writer of the story Steven Brown. A friend bought him the gnome and around the time his cat was killing a lot of birds in the garden and it almost looked like the gnome did it. So there was an idea right there. So the idea didn't come from a fear of gnomes or anything just from an experience that could be developed into a film. Those are always the best ideas. We then looked into it and found that there was very few horrors about them, so it seemed like a good one to go with.

 

From what I know, Sinister Nicky pays hommage to old school slasher cinema - care to elaborate on that influence on your movie?

 

Well when Steve sent me his treatment of the idea, I immediately pictured it as a slasher with the gnome stalking his victims like Michael Myers from John Carpenter's Halloween. This to me is comedy gold, I wasn't interested in anything like Chucky, Leprechaun or any other comical slasher villains as influence for this, that has been done to death. I liked the idea of it playing out like a straight horror but the comedy coming through on its own because it's well... a gnome. This is something Sam Raimi does so well, so Evil Dead and Drag Me To Hell are big influence on Sinister Nicky.

 

Edward Harvey, Steven Brown

Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up Sinister Nicky?

 

I'm a big fan of dark British humour, so the elements of comedy within things like dialogue are very inspired by League of Gentlemen.

 

What can you tell us about your co-writer and co-director Steven Brown, and what's your collaboration like?

 

Well this film felt an evolved version of our earliest films where Steve and I just picked up a camera got a few things together and shot something. Our very first one The Guest had me dressed in a dark suit and hat chasing Steve and trying to capture his soul in a teapot! Haha! We wanted to capture the spirit of those days but at a pro level.

 

Stefan Auton

How would you describe Sinister Nicky's approach to both horror and comedy?

 

I kind of covered this with earlier questions, the key for me is to have the horror played straight and everything like the score and the sound scary as it can be and the comedy come from some of the things the characters say and the situations.

 

For the gorehounds among my readers - what can you tell us about the effects work in your movie?

 

Well we're hoping to get a practical FX artist involved but haven't got one confirmed yet. Nicky has a thing for blackbirds though and likes nothing better than slaughtering them and eating them. So picture that if you will ;)

 

Do talk about the overall look and feel of Sinister Nicky?

 

John Carpenter's Halloween meets League of Gentlemen's humour. In order to get that pro horror look it needs to be shot really well, so we've got Chris Newman as our Director of Photography, he made zombie horror look like a thing of beauty with the locally made feature Wasteland.

 

Jenn Day

Anything you can tell us about your projected cast yet, and why exactly these people?

 

The lead role Bill is played by Stefan Auton, a favourite of ours. He's been in 3 other shorts of ours and is always great so I kind of wrote the character with him in mind from the word go. He has a naturally flare for comedy so he will take this in his stride very well. Helen is played by Jenn Day a favourite of the local film community and with good reason, she is very talented and there's very little she can't do in my opinion so I approached her early on in the writing stage and she loved the script right from the early draft stages. I think the dark humour appealed to her so she was on board very easily and we were delighted.

 

As far as I know, your film's still in its fundraising stages as we speak - so do talk about your campaign for a bit!

 

The campaign has been an interesting experience, for our first go at this way of funding I think we've done pretty well so far but we've learned a lot too along the way. We will definitely approach some things differently if we have another go at this in future. The marketing has been fun though, we have frequently released parody posters of classic films: The Gardening (The Shining), The Gnomen, Gnome Alone etc. that has all been so much fun - http://igg.me/at/sinisternicky

 

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Once your funds are raised, what's the schedule, and any idea when and where the film might be released to the general public yet (however tentatively)?

 

We aim to shoot the film as soon as we can get everything sorted. So it could be as soon as March. It will be a long 2-3 days shoot and hopefully no more than a couple of months in post-production. So we're hoping it will be ready to be sent to festivals in the summer this year. Usually a festival run is 2 years but it could be cut shorter than that. The film won't be released publicly until after it's had a good run. That's why we urge people who want to see it any sooner to contribute to the campaign. A contribution of £10 will earn you your own download of the film once it's done.

 

Any future projects beyond Sinister Nicky?

 

Me and the Enigmatic Productions team always have ideas for project, it's always just about picking the right ones at the right time. I think personally I would like to tackle something with a lot of drama in it but still have a dark edge to it. I have a script in mind written by an actor friend and I'd like to direct it so that could be my next project.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?

 

Facebook for Sinister Nicky: https://www.facebook.com/Sinister-Nicky-Short-Film-1049831148381687/

IndieGoGo: http://igg.me/at/sinisternicky

Facebook for Enigmatic: https://www.facebook.com/productionsenigmatic/

Twitter: @enigmatic_uk and @EdwardWLHarvey

Website: www.enigmaticproductions.co.uk

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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