Your upcoming series Nowhere Close - in a few words, what's
it going to be about?
a very funny, dark, surreal comedy.
What were your sources of
inspiration when writing Nowhere Close?
Fanni Compton had a character called Tracee and it was really just expanding the
the project get started in the first place?
Fanni and I met and just sort of synchronised, very similar outlooks and senses of
humour and ambitions.
What can you
tell us about Nowhere Close's co-creator and co-writer Fanni
Compton, and what's your collaboration like? And how did the two of you
first meet even?
is very funny, ridiculously hard working, a sort of Renaissance woman. We
talk and our conversations sort of crystallise into ideas when we go off
on various tangents of absurdity. We met on LinkedIn.
Do talk about Nowhere Close's
brand of comedy for a bit!
DARK. We kind of approach various issues head on. I really find it
difficult talking about certain characters without giving away stuff - suffice to say
Nowhere Close goes to areas that other comedies don't.
As we speak,
Close is still in pre-production, but anything you can tell us about
the series' cast yet, and why exactly these people?
co-creator Fanni Compton
of talented people involved, Fanni Compton as the lead Tracee of course,
Mickey Jones as Father Colin, Kelli Hollis of Shameless fame and Laura
Rosana, so all good.
what I know, you're currently running a fundraiser for Nowhere Close
- so do talk about your campaign for a bit!
need cash, filming is expensive but in all seriousness is there anything
better to invest in than comedy? Not just any comedy but one that will
make you howl.
Any future projects
beyond Nowhere Close you'd like to share?
busy concentrating on Nowhere Close.
got you into screenwriting in the first place, and did you receive any
formal training on the subject?
the only thing I am any good at. I would be utterly useless cannon fodder
if I didn't have this one ability. I received no formal training. I failed
at school or to be more accurate school failed me.
What can you tell us
about your film and TV work prior to Nowhere Close?
nearly wrote for TV, I met with the script editor of the Sky Atlantic
series Critical back in 2015 and pitched ideas but it got axed. I've
written for NewsRevue and The Treason Show and had various plays staged
as well as had a book published in 2014 called The Gore Lounge, a
dark satire of the future.
would you describe yourself as a screenwriter?
filmmakers, whoever else who inspire you?
The Silence of the Lambs, Heat, Big Trouble in Little China,
New York… Basically anything John Carpenter, Lucio Fulci [Lucio
Fulci bio - click here], Norman J
Warren, Alan Bennett, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Terry Gilliam, Michele Soavi
and lots of others.
and of course, films you really deplore?
the pilot in pre-production I think I would really be tempting fate by
listing things I deplore. Suffice to say if you watch the stuff I write I
think you’ll know.
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
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series' website, Facebook, GoFundMe, whatever else?
else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
the record I prefer Joe D’Amato’s [Joe
D'Amato bio - click here] cinema to Jess Franco’s.
for the interview!