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An Interview with Simon Cathcart, Director of Stagknight

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2006

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Sure, its about ten guys who head out to a remote forest for a paintball bachelor party weekend that they will never return from.

In short babes, booze and badass kills.


2. You also play a role in the movie yourself. Care to talk about your character, and how difficult/easy was it to both act and direct ?


Believe it or not, all film actors have to direct their work themselves to an extent, so it is fairly easy and I am used to it, besides I'm not in every scene so the rest was directing.


Simon Cathcart directing Stagknight

3. As I understand, Stagknight is your brainchild. How do you think of something like that, and did you have any major influences ?


Yeah all the early 80's video nasties which were banned here in UK.  I wanted to make something that I felt that guys would want to see, something that guys could relate to, what better than a paintball bachelor party weekend in the woods?


4. How difficult was it to get the project off the ground ?


All films are difficult to get off the ground, but this one wasn't too bad as the investors were mainly guys and they could get Stagknight straight away, as they have all been on one or two.  I guess it would have been harder if it was a romantic tragedy set on Mars.


Simon Cathcart on the set of


5. Stagknight was, as I understand it, mainly a night shoot, outdoors, in not-so-warm conditions. How well did cast and crew (and yourself) cope with this ... and has anybody announced to never work with you again?


Ha!  No the cast and crew were magic, it was tough conditions and we all worked super hard.  It could have been worse, we could have been in Canada and had bears to contend with.


6. Stagknight was your first feature film. In retrospect, are there things you would do differently if you'd do the film again ?


Not really.  I can't think of any.  We spent so long planning every aspect of it, there were a few mistakes and they usually were good mistakes.  Actors tripping over during takes etc. One has to see a film as an evolving thing from conception to shooting to editing to marketing, it is always changing - as Leonardo said "he who clings most tenaciously to his first idea cannot be an artist".


7. Any on-set anecdotes you'd like to share ?


Yeah, some pervert kept stealing the strippers' (Blossom and Ginger) g-strings. I caught one of the crew members wearing a chainmail thong.  But he claims it was his.


8. Before Stagknight, you made the short film Black Velvet. What can you tell us about that one ?


Shot on location in three days in Ireland, about the oil industry, the tag line is corruption is the last thing you need to worry about - and the way things are going with the oil industry I might re-release it.


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9. You weren't always a director though. You started out as an actor, then acting trainer. What can you tell us about that ?


Acting is the greatest art form in the world, I love actors, and I think it's the toughest job as you only have your body and voice to express yourself with, even a dancer or singer has music.


10. Enough of the past. Are there any future projects you would like to plug, and are they again in the horror-comedy realm ?


Dogging. Competition stadium sex.  It's a big craze here in UK.


11. Anything else you want to add ?


Really dig your site.  I want you guys to look out for our virals we are leaking this month, there will be ten over the next six months, introducing the cast, they are super funny shit.


Thanks for the interview, and good luck with Stagknight !


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