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An Interview with Jason Impey, Director of Poison Lover

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2016

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The film is about a couple who from a distance look like a normal everyday married couple, however we learn there is more going on behind the door than we first see. Poison Lover follows the breakdown of a once loving relationship that slowly turns into anger, reject & hate.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Poison Lover?


I wanted to make a dark moody piece of film & have a love for giallo movies - which is where part of my inspiration of this film came from, especially the work of filmmakers Dario Argento & Lucio Fulci [Lucio Fulci bio - click here].


To what extent can you actually identify with either of your movie's leads?


Rami Hilmiís [Rami Hilmi interview - click here] character Jonathan I can certainly identify with, in which he discovers something that plays on his mind and instead of confronting the situation there and then he lets it brew inside himself making it become more & more of a problem - not that I would go to the extent of trying to kill someone!!!!!


With Poison Lover being restricted to one flat and two actors, how limiting but maybe also liberating was that for you as a director?


I love simplistic films, especially as I get to concentrate on the smaller details which I feel in this film are very important. I felt quite free in the space & I got to play with some real character driven pieces, I did not have to cram loads in to move the story along. I really did not feel limited, I actually went about making the film strictly limited so we had a sense that these characters were away from everyday life and were in fact prisoners of their own marriage.


Connected to the last question maybe, what can you tell us about your location, and what were the advantages and challenges filming there?


The location was actually a family member's home and I had complete use of it, so I was not really restricted with it. I was able to take my time setting up the shots I wanted and could use the house to its full potential. A small disadvantage is that as it was not a built set I had some tight hallways and rooms I was working with to set all the lights and camera equipment up in, but over the years I have got used to filming in very tight spaces so it was not a too bad problem.


Do talk about your cast for a bit, and why exactly these two? And since neither is a newcomer to your films, what can you tell us about your previous collaborations?


Over the last year Iíve worked with Samantha Keller [Samantha Keller interview - click here] on quite a variety of horror related material and she shares the same interest in the same kind of movies I do and gets where I am coming from with my vision which helps a lot. She has thrown herself straight into a role and gave it even more than I hoped for so I thought she would be a great choice for Poison Lover as it gave her a chance to do even more with her acting as this piece as Iíve said is more character driven rather than a stereotypical scream queen which I had been guilty of throwing her into - so I thought it would be nice to show more range to her as an actresses as she does have more to offer than standard damsel in distress! 

Rami Hilmi [Rami Hilmi interview - click here] & me go many years back. We have become great friends and he really is a fantastic actor to work with, he is very diverse and again I thought he would be perfect. Although I have cast him many times as a villain character I thought the character of Jonathan in Poison Lover was a bit more complex and more human than some of the other outrageous characters Iíve had him play. What's appealing about working with Rami is his complete professionalism and he really is a team player, I love pushing him to his limits as an actor - he might not be so happy about that! But he has always given me the results I wanted, and does go that extra mile to help bring my vision to life - I actually couldnít imagine anyone else playing the character quite as subtle as he did - he was my perfect Jonathan.


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


As there was only 4 of us on set - myself, Rami, Samantha & my wife Sharon helping out behind the scenes, it was quite a tight ship. Everyone got along, had fun, it was a very easy going atmosphere, we had all worked together before, had built friendships up and trusted each other to do the best job we could. I would go as far to say it was one of the best atmospheres Iíve ever had on one of my sets.


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


Iím excited to say that this film is going to be one of the segments on the feature film anthology Die Gest: Flesh Feast coming out in 2017, which will also contain another little short film I made called Inner Voice.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Poison Lover yet?


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Any future projects you'd like to share?


Iím currently back behind the edit suite with a few new short films coming out in 60 Seconds 2 Die: 60 Seconds to Die 2 & Baadasssssploitation! [Badasssssploitation interview with Shane Ryan - click here] feature film anthologies.


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