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An actor-turned producer, Nicholas Tabarrok is presently based out of
Toronto, Canada, though he has recently expressed an interest in
extending or expanding into the United States. Operating Darius
he has been involved in a multitude of different behind-the-scenes
activities, bringing new films to light.
Nicholas might best be known for his work with Cloud Ten in bringing
various Christian/Horror films to light, some titles of which are noted
in articles on Gordon Currie
(click here !) and André Van Heerden (click
here !) in the archives here.
His commentary also appears on the DVD releases/special features for a
number of these projects and in several of them, he also plays bit
Though erroneously branded a Christian film producer, he is
far from it and with his own company, has created a number of different
films in varied genres. Though neither particularly religious nor troubled by
being labeled as such by some, he has been working to break away from
the image of a religious producer, thanks to a list of new products, far from the
On one of the burners, waiting to see the light, is Forget About It, a
cartoon series evidently capitalizing on The Sopranos, where a group of
mafiosos in the witness protection program, move into the suburbs, with
some insane results. Hopefully this will see daylight soon.
Also helping to break away from the Christian mold would be
Tabarrok's production of The Life & Hard Times Of Guy Terrifico,
just recently released on DVD. A mockumentary in the tradition of This
Is Spinal Tap, this fake documentary/dark comedy deals with the supposed
career and staged death of a drunken Canadian rockabilly called Guy
Terrifico. Kris Kristofferson and other real rock and country singers
make cameos as themselves, adding credibility to the product. Incredibly, there have been some fools out there who fail to
realize this is satire and actually think Guy Terrifico is a real
person, whom they have never heard of until now. People are strange.
Utilizing sex, drugs, rock and roll, a liberal use of the word fuck in the script and so on, certainly makes this a
breakaway from the end-times/Jesus is coming
soon series for which he is best associated.
Though just recently hitting the market, Guy Terrifico
has picked up a
great deal of steam, has been seen in numerous film festivals and may
well become a cult classic as time goes by
Information on The Life & Hard Times Of Guy Terrifico
as well as
other Tabarrok productions may be obtained at http://www.dariusfilms.com,
which is the webpage for his company.
Darius, incidently, is derived from Tabarrok's middle name.
A visit to the site reveals how versatile he has been, not always with
due recognition, as a producer. "Nobody ever writes fan mail to a
producer," he once remarked in an interview for a now closed German
webpage, when asked about the reactions fans have to him. While they
tend to lurch all over actors, actresses and directors, the money men
behind the films remain just that, behind the scenes. Seldom are they
placed into the limelight, though on occasions apart from this article,
Nicholas has been there. He has in fact, given numerous newspaper and
radio interviews, been quoted on the web and attended various film
festivlals. Yet personal fame in the true sense of the word,
where everyone recognizes his face like some of the stars in the movies
he or others make, just isn't in the cards.
Other projects revealing a darker, murkier side, include a lesser-known
production called Motel, involving murder, and Jail-Bait, not to be
confused with the Ed Wood film of the same title (click
here for the Ed Wood film).
As of the summer of 2005, Tabarrok was in Nova Scotia, Canada, working
on yet another film, but details have not been revealed yet. Busily
pushing Guy Terrifico seems to be one oif his key activities for now,
but with other Christian-based films (which again cross the
line into the horror film realm, as previously noted) upcoming from Cloud Ten, with whom he has been closely associated, and other projects
of his own, from his own company, in the making, the arrival of 2006 may
be his best year yet.
We will see.