Your new movie Twink
- in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your
character in it?
Twink is an attack against an industry
that makes money off of young men's insecurities, need for admiration, and
a need to exploit our boys for business and riches! Quinn/Kayden is living
proof of such exploitation!
What were your inspirations when
dreaming up Twink, and to
what extent was the film actually scripted, to what extent improvised?
film was fully improvised in one day! Twink is inspired by new
age internet culture of sucking dick for fame because people haven't been
educated any better! I suppose I'm fascinated by the whole
'twink' thing, and time and time again on reflection I believe that it is
a cheap ticket to fame, admiration, and to fill a hole (no pun) where self
esteem should be!
did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much of Wade
Radford can we find in Quinn?
I made myself into these
lads, the only part of me that runs through Quinn is anger, anger for an
industry that will churn out any old blockbuster shit to make some big
stupid bucks, with no thought or care for the garbage they shit out! It
comes from rage from business and government who earn cash and taxes off
of the exploitation of young people, and how they think that is
acceptable? I take that our films are some real no budget fare, and maybe
no work of art - but they have truth within them, they have a soul, because
I believe in the message I portray through them! The industry now has
'standards' - did you use the right camera? How's your special effects? What
name is leading the pack? This is pure backlash for an industry that
forgot about the messages and power a film can create, the emotions it can
fire up within an individual, so this is our fuck off to such a
superficial, patronising, robbing industry!
Do talk about the film's
look and feel for a bit - and connected to that, what kind of a strain was
it to be the sole person on camera, and for pretty much for 100% of the
It was no strain to be the lone warrior of the
screen, I've never been much of a team player, so if I fucked the
performance up I only had myself to blame, and that's how I like it! The
squat type atmosphere was imperative, it reflected Quinn's mind, remember
those messages on the wall were written by his frustrations, by his
diminishing mental health!
What can you tell us about your co-director Jason Impey [Jason
Impey interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like? And speaking of, how did you
two first meet, and what can you tell us about your past films together?
met Jason something like two years ago, I had been introduced to his
Mother in a pub by a mutual friend, and gave her my email for Mr Imps to
contact me. We've been prolificly churning out low budg fare
ever since! Me & Jason connect on a level that we want to take risks,
that we believe in the power of guerilla filmmaking and the message it
can carry. Jason has directed most of our films, where as I settle nicely
into the producing, concepting type stuff - that's my bag!
of course also have to talk about the wonderfully run down place you
filmed Twink in for a
bit, and how did you even find it?
Erm... that's awkward
it's my bedroom, we just fucked the walls up with graffiti more than it
already was! I live that champagne life style, on a Carlsberg budget!
Do talk about the
shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere!
always, untold fun, and savage madness!
$64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the
As far as I know it will be released to
most retailers on DVD in November in the United States, I have no release
date for Europe at the moment, but we are currently doing all the jazz of
sorting covers, designs, retailer contracts etc - it will also get a
special edition Blu-ray, steel box release in Europe. So I'm told :D
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Behind Bars II has currently just been shot, and is being edited - I
reprise my role as the nasty cell block junkie bitch 'Darrell', a role I
got you into acting and filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any
formal training on either?
As a child I did adverts and
such, but left the industry at 11 and did not return until I was 20, it
took a long time to figure out artisticly what I wanted to do, and I wanted
to bring back a dead genre of low budget, shock, real fare! I'm now
content in where we are going, what we do, and love writing my books and
poetry as well (which are on Amazon) - cheeky plug there, init?
What can you tell us about
your filmwork prior to Twink
(in whatever function)?
I wrote, produced and starred in my
first two films Sex Lies and Depravity 1 & 2, which were about
domestic violence, and life on run down estates in the UK, I played a
druggie, street hustler called Ethan. I produced, and starred in Boys
Behind Bars (2013), a grindhouse, throwback film to old prison movies! The
film is notorious for its opening scene of me shitting out drugs, and
whoever said romance was dead huh? I have reprised this role this year in Boys
Behind Bars II (which is real grim). Other projects include various
strange short films, and a nice soppy bugger called 1 Last Chance at
Paradise (2013), a film about two boys sharing their final night together
at the end of the world.
Your favourite movies?
I have a lot of time for Mike Leigh, and love his Abigail's Party and
Secrets and Lies. Other films that particularly turn me on (not to be
taken literally) include Reform School Girls, Nekromantik, Der
Todesking, Irriversible, Army Of Darkness, Nil
by Mouth, The
Silence of the Lambs, Scrubbers, Jubilee, Faster Pussycat Kill,
Kill, Stand by Me, Beyond
the Valley of the Dolls, My Own Private
Idaho and The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
Odious studio crap, chick flicks, and any old bollocks that they fill
with 'star' names, oh and fucking fantasy and sci-fi!
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
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for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
My website http://www.thisiswade.com,
and if you want to say hey on Facebook:
- or you can use ye ole Twitter @waderadford if you fancy listening to
someone babble untold, vast amounts of bollocks! :D
Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten
Umm, we want to make sweet, sweet, sexy love to the industry and make
it our bottom bitch!
Thanks for the interview!
No thank you kind man, always a pleasure, never a chore! :D