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An Interview with Ross Heath, Writer and Co-Director of Freakish

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2020

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Your new movie Freakish - what were your sources of inspiration for writing it?

 

Thank you for agreeing to interview me. First off me and Christopher Livermore walked into a prop shop in Southport UK and saw the mask that we used for Freakish, and Chris said that mask is really freaky, so I bought it and he kept saying it, and when we arrived back home we came up with the idea for Freakish the Clown. I started to write the script and things just went well from there. Really it was an idea that just grew and grew and I pitched it to some people I was working with and they loved it.

 

What can you tell us about Freakish's  cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Christopher Shipton, who plays Freakish, hasn't had much acting experience, only a little, and I once said if anything comes up that I think fits you I will give you a shot - and Freakish was made for him, he plays the part ever so well and mostly he loved the charcter and focused and made the charcter his own. 

Lucy Lewendon and Kevin Mangar were two people I was really wanting to work with and as I do with most of my projects I just pictured the movie and the characters as I was writing the script, and these two wonderful actors were in that picture. I had also done my research and watched a previous movie that Kevin had starred in as well. And Ian Joness, a very close friend of mine, hasn't had much acting experience either, so again I wanted to give him a shot and he played the part well and made the charcter his own. I believe in giving people a shot at playing a part, and when I direct a film I try to bring the best out of my cast and when we get on set its like one big family. 

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I got into the film industry about seven years ago now, and it was a dream of mine - I really thought I'd have no chance as I didn't have a clue, but a good director friend of mine Velton Lischke helped me a lot and said you need to take your time and do things this way and that way - and to be honest, if I hadn't listened to him I probably wouldn't be doing this, I failed several times when I first started out but you have to fail to succeed sometimes. I had no proffesional training, everything I learned was from working and listening to the right people and doing my homework. Not every film I have made is brilliant, some I look back on and go oh no, what was I thinking, but I'm not the only filmmaker who thinks like that.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Freakish, and your frequent collaborator Christopher Livermore?

 

I met Christopher Livermore a few years ago by chance on Facebook. We immediately hit it of and decided to meet up from there. We have directed several movies together, to name a few, The Killer Plumber 1 and 2 for the amazing Tony Newton [Tony Newton interview - click here] and Troma's Grindsplotation 666 and Drive-in Gridnhouse, respectively, and we then made some awareness films, one of my favourites will alyways be Fibro and the New Me - available on YouTube. We even did a bit of work for action megastar Steven Seagal after we met up with him in London. I won't say much on that but it was an honour to do that for my childhood hero. Me and Chris have achieved so much together, we have won awards for films and had many official selections from festivals, mostly for our film Freakish, and we are very proud as we are self-taught and we work hard.

 

Christopher Livermore is a great editor and a great composer, you can see his work on Soundcloud and YouTube also. 

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Freakish is quite a fun movie, and thanks to us meeting Dustin Ferguson [Dustin Ferguson interview - click here] from SCS Entertainment we were able to release it in Amercia on demand and then on DVD, and we have had great success with the movie and a lot of lovely feedback. So on that we decided let's make a feature solo movie, as we believe we can make this film bigger, badder and freakier, but trust me this won't be anything like the short, this will be a very dark and scary film, and we are teaming up with Dustin Ferguson again, and trust me he is amazing at what he does. 

Christopher Shipton is returning as Freakish along with great actors Billy Mansell, Guillaume Rivaud, Ian Joness, and the legend that is Cynthia Rothrock is joining the cast, so exciting times ahead for Freakish. the feature will be titled Freakish Unleashed

 

Anybody you'd like to thank?

 

I couldn't do these films without the amazing support from others and the help from close friends. I'm living my dream of being an independent filmmaker, also as an actor and I love it. I'm all about passion - money, fame and all that other stuff doesn't phase me, I just want people to enjoy what I make, and for it to entertain them ,and I have amazing support from my amazing wife Jane and my kids, they are my biggest supporters, and my goal is to show my kids you can achieve you dreams in life.

 

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

 

Thank you for the interview Michael it has been a pleasure.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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