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An Interview with Nathan Hill, Star and Director of Revenge of the Gweilo

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2017

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I know we have talked about this before [click here], but refresh our memories - your movie Revenge of the Gweilo, what is it about?


Revenge of the Gweilo is an action revenge flick about an ex-cop on the hunt for the Triad leader that killed his financťe. Unbeknown to him she had an unpaid debt to the Asian mob and fled the country with a large stash of cash and went into hiding. Shortly after she met and fell in love with Joseph Lucky (played by Hill) and the two of them had plans to marry, however, sadly one day when heís out, the Triads pay her a visit and assassinate her. Joseph, furious, confused and heart broken, decides to pick up the pieces and follow their trail in an act of revenge.


From what I know, Revenge of the Gweilo finished its festival run only very recently - so how did it go, and some of the highlights of that run?


We have done extremely well on the festival circuit, firstly it was picked up for the trailer alone in Boston, and then was an Official Selection at the Action on Film Festival in L.A. Following this we won Best Action Feature at the Indie Gathering International FF. We also won Best Original Music Score at the Prestige Awards and a whole bunch of others. Very happy with the result.


How easy or hard is it to place a low budget action movie with film festivals around the world in the first place?


I found it to be easier than I thought. The thing is there arenít actually a lot of these types of films floating around, as with action it usually means you need a big budget. You have to be clever to pull this sort of thing off with a low budget, thatís part of the challenge. Most of your low budget films are horror because theyíre the easiest to do. But I was over the moon, particularly in America, that they embraced the movie with open arms, not something my own country in Australia is particularly known for doing so, sadly.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Revenge of the Gweilo?


The audience response Iíve had has been mixed reviews, because itís a genre film you need to know what youíre getting yourself into. Thatís what trailers are for! Honestly the amount of people I know that go to a movie and either hate on it or had no idea what they were going to see in the first place means theyíre on autopilot. Theyíre not all there. If you have seen the trailer and you Ďget ití then youíre in for a real treat. I only watch movies that Iíve done a little bit of research on first, but thatís just me.


From what I know, Revenge of the Gweilo has secured distribution of late - so where is your film available from, and on what media?


We have been very lucky in securing worldwide rights and a sales rep through the festival circuit, which has led to distribution. Currently your best and most immediate way to see the film is on Amazon Prime.


You have also written a book on the making of of Revenge of the Gweilo - now what gave you that idea, and how would you describe your approach to your subject at hand from a writer's point of view?


Yes, Making Revenge of the Gweilo: A Directorís Diary. Itís my first ever eBook at 35,000 words. The idea came when some colleagues of mine kept encouraging me to write a book about my film experiences. As I was keeping a detailed journal when I made Revenge of the Gweilo I thought this would be the best way to start off. I killed two birds with one stone as I was able to talk about indie filmmaking in general, my experiences, and the Revenge of the Gweilo journey.


Do tease us with some stories your book contains about the making of the film that might not be exactly well-known?


The best thing about it is the photographs. Behind the scenes stills that you canít find anywhere else on the subject. There are detailed accounts of the casting process, who was originally hired and then pulled out, the many ups and downs affiliated with indie filmmaking and my near death experience fighting a real Sumo wrestler in the final bout. Honestly itís a very enjoyable book to read, so Iíve been told.


The $64-question of course, where's your book available from?


The book is available on at least a dozen online platforms but your best bet is iBooks, which if you log in has a 10 page free download preview to the book itself, so you can get a taste of it and see if itís your cup of tea or not before purchase.


Based on your experience with this book, could you ever be persuaded to do more writing (other than film scripts that is)?


Yes, I found it most pleasurable. I have started chipping away at a second book to be honest. My initial interest has always been writing, I did in fact major in English and English Literature in school. So I guess it comes naturally to me. I also think my films, in general, have the writing overlooked. I mean the stories and all the ideas come from my head. There wouldnít even be an NHP catalogue if I hadnít spent minimum 12 months on any of the screenplays Iíve written, which amounts to 10+ years work just in the writing alone! Amazing when you analyse it like that.


Probably too early to ask, but will there ever be a sequel to Revenge of the Gweilo? And/or other future projects you'd like to share?


Right now itís all about my detective thriller Colourblind, which Iím just putting the finishing touches on now. But in regards to the Revenge of the Gweilo genre I absolutely loved making it because I love the themes in it. I have toyed with a treatment for a prequel but knowing me Iíd probably just write a new one in the future that was a step up from finishing Revenge of the Gweilo and a film of its own. My peers certainly are interested in collaborating again in one like this thatís for sure.


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?


The movie:

The book:

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Revenge of the Gweilo official Facebook:


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1. One thing I found very interesting is that in Germany the movie goes by the name Drive 2! I think this is because the Joseph character wears a scorpion jacket very similar to the one Ryan Gosling wears in Drive. Very cool association.

2. Iíve also produced a prototype action figure for the Joseph character and am in talks now with a major supplier about manufacturing him as an official action figure overseas.


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