with Rami Hilmi
Your new movie Talk of the
Dead - in a few words, what is it about?
Troxadil - a new drug is having some disastrous and absolutely hilarious side
How did you get involved with the project in the first place?
Some crazy Austrian dude [Michael
interview - click here] came to me asking for help after the last production
team had to drop out for various reasons and after seeing the script, I was
only too happy to take it on!
What were the main challenges when making Talk
of the Dead from a producer's point of view?
The main challenges with this particular shoot were working within a
very limited budget, the weather and some members of the public who were
opposed to having zombies in their neighbourhood...
I am always very hands on with all my productions - I love the whole
experience of being on set around other creatives.
can you tell us about Talk
of the Dead's writer and fellow producer Michael Haberfelner [Michael
Haberfelner interview - click here] [and watch your mouth, since he's
actually me ;) ], and what was your collaboration like?
Well, allow me to say a thing or two about Michael (Dr. Evil)
Ahem... This guy is bat shit crazy and absolutely brilliant. I have
worked with him since then on The Night Monica Came Back
Night Monica Came Back interview - click here] and First Impressions Can Kill
and he regularly writes screenplays for my
We definitely make a good team and I can't wait until next time :)
With Talk of the
Dead being a zombie movie of sorts, is that a genre you're at all
fond of, and some of your genre favourites?
Honestly? No. Never been into watching zombie movies but absolutely
LOVE being in them and making them because they are so much fun. My first
ever film was The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead, which was an
incredible (and very cold & sticky) experience.
course also have to talk about Talk
of the Dead's brand of comedy, and to what extent could you
identify with it?
I don't know how to describe it other
than 'really bloody silly'. Could I identify with it? Yes, because I love
this sort of humour and Michael's scripts are always full of awesome
oneliners and random silliness.
You do also appear in front of the
camera in Talk of
the Dead - so what can you tell us about your character, and what
did you draw upon to bring her to life?
Oh she was great fun to play. She was spoilt, stubborn, clumsy,
attention seeking and very funny. I actually knew somebody who she
reminded me of which really helped me to bring her to life... I say no
the Dead will actually end up being a part of feature film, There's
No Such Thing As Zombies, and I will be playing a part in that too.
Keep an eye out for details.
Do talk about
the rest of your cast, and to what extent were you involved with casting,
They were just brilliant! I played a big part in casting. I shortlisted
from hundreds of applicants and then Michael and I worked together to come
to the final decisions which was damn hard.
Michael had already managed to cast a few of the actors as well as
getting The Crazies actress Lynn Lowry involved and had already cast her
and arranged to fly her over which was just amazing. It was an awesome
experience to work with her and I was ecstatic when we got to do it again
for First Impressions Can Kill.
Everyone did such a great job and I loved working with every single one
with Rami Hilmi
What can you tell us about the shoot as such,
and the on-set atmosphere?
The same as most of our film
sets - fun, relaxed (most of the time), but we focus, get shit done and do
As for now, the film's still
making its festival rounds - so anything you can tell us about audience
and critical reception of Talk
of the Dead yet?
The reception so far has been
outstanding. I'm looking forward to hearing what the UK audience have to
say about it.
of the Dead, you've made First Impressions Can Kill
pretty much the same cast and crew - anything you can tell us about that
Oh this is hilarious!
Have you ever met someone so deluded and desperate for acting roles
that they would go to any lengths to book the part? Look out for this
Any other future projects you'd like to share?
with Lynn Lowry in First Impressions Can
There's a few at various stages at the moment.
We have a documentary coming up called The Acting Biz which revolves
around real actors who are breaking into the industry. This isn't some
bullshit fairy tale version of 'showbiz', this is real life, showing the
highs and lows, the successes and failures and the sheer determination and
hard work that every actor who is achieving great things has had to go
The Night Monica Came Back
is a short film written by Michael
interview - click here] and starring Human Centipede 2's Laurence
R. Harvey. This
will be released summer 2017.
Undercover is a drama series by director of Talk
of the Dead, Eddie
Bammeke (find him on www.esgmedia.org)
[Eddie Bammeke interview -
click here], which has huge potential and I
can't wait to get filming this year.
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Thanks for the interview!
No - thank you Dr. Evil :)