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An Interview with Jack James, Writer, Producer and Director, and Kemal Yildirim, Producer and Star of Malady

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2014

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Your upcoming film Malady - in a few words, what is it going to be about?


It's a dark love story. The film explores the relationship between two people being built out of grief and obscurity. 


Basic question: Why a love story?


It's what felt natural. The love story is the journey and the purpose of the whole film; Holly is trying to build something beautiful out of her grief and turn that into a positive thing whilst Matthew is trying to create a new way of living and feel something he's never felt before; the love story is the one shining light throughout the journey the two of them take.


Jack, what were your inspirations when writing Malady, and was any of he script based on personal experience?


There's a lot of different subject matters explored within Malady, which are all things I've been interested in a long time. I think the idea of familial abstractions was a big influence; attempting to fill in large gaps of information... Sound played a big part in the writing as well; I listened to lots of different atmospheres and tones whilst writing, along with the songs of Abba.


I know the two of you have worked with each other before, so how did you get together in the first place, and what made you decide to team up once again for Malady?


Kemal: While I was in pre production for my film Rose I met Jack as he came on board the film as my editor. The edit of that film was a double edged sword, it was a tough yet fun experience trying to complete the edit and it was then I saw how we both just had the a similar view on our work. I also noticed how creative Jack is and wanted to help nurture that ability so we dediced to embark on his first feature Malady. I am very honoured to be a part of it as it is a brave and assured first feature.


Jack: It's rare you find someone who understands your ideas and that you can work under such difficult conditions with. Kemal was insistant I should make a film, was very enthusiastic about producing with me and helping me make something. We had very similar ideas about working methods as well, so it was an opportunity for the both of us to work in the way we wanted and Kemal was very generous in offering himself up to me wholly and allowing me to mould Matthew into what he needed to be.


Kemal, what can you tell us about your character Matthew, and what did you draw upon to bring him to life?


Matthew is running from a dark past, someone who is trying to restore balance in his life while battling his inner demons.
When I first read the script and discussed the character with Jack I was amazed at how similar his vision was to my initial thoughts on Matthew. The exciting part about playing Matthew was the way in which Jack's directorial approach mirrored the way I like to work while acting. Total immersion was the way I wanted to play Matthew and that means to transform and live as the character to fully give truth the character's journey. I don't believe in drawing from my own life or baggage so I create realism for the character and his journey. I had the best experience working on Malady as we all had the same vision and had a director with real vision and gave all the actors space and time to create.


What can you tell me about the rest of Malady's cast, and why exactly these people?


Casting for Malady was an incredibly challenging and lengthy process; I knew I needed a very particular kind of person for each role and we had a lot of people applying because people seemed to engage with the characters. But I had a very distinct vision for how the set should be and exactly what would be required; the people involved had to be pretty fearless and had to be willing to abandon themselves and offer their absolute trust in me to push them in the right direction - I was very lucky to find those people.


Do talk about the look and feel of your film for a bit?


Me and my assistant director (Gareth Haynes) tried to do our best to make every frame look like a painting. We had very specific colour palettes in mind throughout the film and artworks we were looking to make reference of, and we tried to keep everything very natural. I think it helped shooting the film in a very loose verité style, it made everything feel much looser and less staged; it helped a lot with the cast in terms of freedom of movement and being in the moment of the scene we were shooting. I think those two elements really bounced off of one another and created something visually interesting.


What can you tell us about the actual shoot, and the on-set atmosphere?


The shoot was turbulent but incredibly exciting. I made it clear that the set would not be ran in a normal fashion; it involved isolating the cast away from the crew, each other, and on the last shoot, I ensured everyone was trapped inside for the duration. The entire cast was in a heavy state of immersion and had to lose any semblance of self they had. I tried to create tensions and moods around the sets that would then resonate on screen, because of the subject matter in the film, at times the set was incredibly tense and would often turn into quite a fragile thing. Everything was very low key and on the last shoot in particular, everything was incredibly silent and still.


The $64-question of course, when and where will Malady be released onto the general public?


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Well we are in the very final stages of post production right now and have just started to release the film out to festivals, so with some luck people will be able to see Malady in one of those festivals soon!! There will be constant updates through our website and our twitter feed.


Any future projects beyond Malady you'd like to talk about?


We're both in the very early stages of working on new projects, under the guise of our production company Realist Productions, but for the immediate moment our efforts and time is still being put into Malady and getting the film in the right places.


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


We wish to thank all the passionate people behind the scenes of Malady for their belief in the film and to you Mike at (re)Search my Trash for your support! for anyone interested in Malady you can find us on
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