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An Interview with Raine McCormack, Director of Brian the Blessed

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2014

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Your upcoming movie Brian the Blessed - in a few words, what is it about?


Brian the Blessed is a horror/thriller, a story about love, loss, and serving body parts to the homeless.


What were your inspirations when writing Brian the Blessed?


Two years ago my father died from cancer. We were never close and to see him for the first time after ten years laid in a hospital bed unable to talk was not only terribly hard but also life changing. My need to write and direct was ignited and Iíve not looked back on that decision.


How would you describe your movie's approach to horror as well as its special brand of humour?


The movie approaches horror from a psychological angle. The humour that arises is very much like the humour where someone laughs at a funeral, inappropriate but natural.


Do talk about the intended look and feel of Brian the Blessed for a bit!


Itís dark and gritty with moments of beauty. The bleak overall feel is decorated with small details adding a jarring reality to Brianís world. Then there is the contrasting moments of love which add lightness to the bleak world.


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You will also be in front of the camera in Brian the Blessed - so what can you tell us about your character, and did you write him with yourself in mind?


OK sure. I took the role as I want to cameo in the films I direct, but feel that anything beyond that currently i.e. playing the lead is a little too much for me to take on. The role I play is key in the pivotal turning point of the film. (What drives the couple to try to protect their love for one another. Basically I am the attacker at the start of the film.)


What can you tell us about the rest of your key cast, and why exactly these people? And how did you get them in the first place?


All my key cast are people Iíve either worked with before or have had an interest in. To me, Ewen MacIntosh [Ewen MacIntosh interview - click here] is perfect for the role. Natasha Coppola≠Shalom who plays Brianís partner Kathy, has a natural innocence to her which I know will work beautifully visually when she delivers the darker side.


As far as I know, your film is still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?


Yeah sure. The fundraising is a mixture of private equity and the current crowd fund campaign.


Once your funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed? And though it's probably waaay too early to ask, any idea when the film might be released onto the general public yet?


Once funded itís go, go, go! Locations are locked down, actors are rearing to go.

Obviously weíll have to plan around schedules but filming will commence asap. Itís hard for me to say when the project will be available to the public but not too long after post I hope!


Any future projects beyond Brian the Blessed you'd like to share?


Yes I have two features scripted that I will pursue. The first is a thriller about a woman released from prison. The second is a sci≠fi horror.


As far as I know, you started out in films as an actor - so do talk about Raine McCormack the actor for a bit, and your training on the subject!


Iíve acted in various TV and film parts. Acting is something that I have always loved, however I was late to the game so to speak! I trained when I was younger but never pursued it until well into my thirties. No 'overnight success' but Iíve had some great times along the road with it.

(Itís a long term thing both acting and directing.)


What prompted you to pick up directing eventually?


I love films, Iíve always been a writer and Iíve written a lot of music, so the move to directing was natural ≠ combining all my skills, sense of timing and visual feel. The decision was simple.


Do talk about your filmwork prior to Brian the Blessed for a bit?


I wrote and directed a short film titled Heís Gone, which has been received very well. I also have my businessí site

My approach is always to deliver the highest standard that I can with available resources.


How would you describe yourself as an actor, as a writer and as a director?


Passionate, engaged and committed.


Filmmakers, writers, actors who inspire you?


Nicolas Winding≠Refn, Stanley Kubrick, Christopher Nolan, Tom Hardy, Javier Bardem, Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey. I love people who walk their own road.


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... and of course, films you really deplore?


Those with style over substance e.g. Pacific Rim.


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


Only that people can help Brian the Blessed by sharing and tweeting the above crowd fund page. Buzz is as important as the money so any help appreciated!


Thanks for the interview!


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