Your upcoming movie Run Rabbit - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
Run Rabbit is about two bullies who take bullying too far and are left
to face the consequences for their actions.
What inspired you to make a film
about bullying, and did you ever experience any bullying first hand, if I
I think bullying is very evident in all forms of
social circles, more so for school children. I have witnessed a lot of
bullying and have seen how the victim can become very isolated.
Other sources of inspiration when writing
I like to write strong character driven
scripts with original twists. Hearing stories of children being bullied
has always stuck deeply within me and so I wanted to write something which
wasn’t your normal bullying story.
Somewhere you're calling
Rabbit a "psychological horror story" - care to elaborate,
and what can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror?
giving too much away, Run Rabbit will be about the psychological side of
bullying, not necessarily from the victim, we will be playing with the minds
of the bullies.
can you tell us about the intended look and feel of Run Rabbit?
Rabbit will be dark, with lots of suspense. The script calls for
lots of great lighting, I’m really looking forward to working with a
great team and having fun creating some chilling moments.
also play a supporting role in Run Rabbit, right? So do talk
about your character for a bit, and what will you draw upon to bring her
to life? And did you write Loretta with yourself in mind from the get-go?
is the victim in Run Rabbit. I wanted to be more behind the camera this
time, to be able to direct and develop the two bullying characters, the
acting will be subtle but challenging for the actresses. Loretta is
an interesting character to play and is nothing like any role I’ve had
you can tell us about the rest of your key cast and crew yet, and why
exactly these people?
We will have the wonderful Jacob Teixeira editing Run
Rabbit, Jacob edited the trailer for my debut short film Dead
Wrong. He’s based in Santa Monica and has worked for a number
of years working on the hit TV programme Survivor.
Nikki Tipping is our talented make-up artist, she’s had
years of experience working in fashion and film.
The brilliant Fort Nowhere will be doing the music,
they recently did an amazing cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’
which was used for the Vikings trailer on the History Channel.
They are currently writing music for a number of exciting projects.
I’m really excited to work with each member, they are all so talented
and bring a wealth of knowledge to the project.
As we're talking, Run
Rabbit is still in its fundraising stages - so do talk about your
campaign for a bit!
The campaign has had an amazing start, I
self-funded Dead Wrong, which was on a very small budget and have
budgeted Run Rabbit around the same principles of a very small budget.
The more we raise the more we will be able to invest in equipment,
crew and post. It’s wonderful to see how many people are behind indie
films and women filmmakers.
Once the budget's in place, what's
the schedule - and even if it's waaay too early to ask, any idea when and
where the film will be released onto the general public yet?
campaign finishes in mid-August, we would like to shoot it in early
September then it’s off to Jacob before finishing it back in
future projects beyond Run Rabbit you'd like to share?
am producing a feature film called As Darkness Falls with Mark
Peters, where I will be playing a lead character. I am
also currently working on a few scripts which I would love to develop,
two are for feature films.
what I know, Run Rabbit is your second film as a director -
so what can you tell us about your directorial debut Dead Wrong,
and lessons learned from it? And what prompted you to pick up directing in
the first place?
I read Robert Rodriguez’s Rebel
without a Crew and was hooked, I went away and wrote Dead Wrong.
I learnt a lot from Dead Wrong especially how important
preproduction is and filmmaking really is 24/7. Whilst filming and editing
Dead Wrong I could see further ways I can expand creatively and want
to develop that further with Run Rabbit.
Your initial claim to fame though is as
an actress - so what got you into acting in the first place, and did you
receive any formal education on the subject?
loved acting, becoming a different character and adding hidden
layers. I had a wonderful speech and drama teacher who would
come into our school, Pauline Leonard. I then joined her drama school LSDA
where I earned the LAMDA Gold Award. I also attended the summer
intensive acting class at the Lee Strasberg Institute in LA. I was fortunate
to hold the premiere of Dead Wrong at the Lee Strasberg Institute last
you tell us about your filmwork prior to Run Rabbit?
have had parts on the BBC drama
Casualty a couple times, several feature
films and have done numerous voice-over. I have also acted in a number of
music videos and commercials.
would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
Very hard working, I like to
stay until everything is 100%. I have studied a number of techniques
and like to incorporate a mixture in my work. I enjoy playing difficult
characters where I can bring raw emotion to the part.
whoever else who inspire you?
Meryl Streep is such a strong
inspirational actress, I was lucky to meet her on the set of Mama
Mia, she’s an amazing actress. I’m inspired by so many and so
many different genres, but anyone who gets out there and makes a
successful feature is inspiring.
Your favourite movies?
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90% of my writing has a dark interior, my personal choice of
films is quite varied including classics; Blythe Spirit, Harvey,
Godfather to Disney
films. I also like films with strong female leads.
and of course, films you really deplore?
I don’t enjoy
films which belittle females. I think if a film has been made, someone had
passion behind the project and that should always be commended.
movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
for the interview!
Thank you Michael.