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An Interview with Britt Bankhead, Writer and Star of Insane Like Me?

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2024

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Your new movie Insane Like Me? - in a few words, what's it about?

 

Itís about a guy (Jake) who returns home from the military and is welcomed home by a surprise party from his girlfriend (Samantha). Vampires attack and Samantha comes up missing and her father (the Sheriff) has Jake committed for 9 years. Upon Jakeís release he hits the ground running to find out what really happened that night 9 years ago and most of all what happened to Samantha.

 

With Insane Like Me? being a vampire movie, is that a genre especially dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?

 

Iíve always loved vampire movies and grew up with horror movies in particular. A few of my favorites would be: From Dusk Til Dawn, The Lost Boys, Blade, John Carpenters Vampires, Fright Night, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Insane Like Me??

 

I wanted to make a fun horror film that doesnít take itself too seriously for the audience to experience escapism for 90 minutes.

 

What was your writing process like?

 

I had this story written for a TV show I was going to produce that fell through. I took the concept and added some characters and penned it into a movie.

 

Do talk about Insane Like Me?'s approach to horror!

 

I think it fits nicely with the 80s horror films I grew up on where a lot of inspiration came from.

 

What were the challenges of bringing Insane Like Me? to the screen from a producer's point of view?

 

Iíd say financing is always the hardest part! I self-financed this with my brother Blake (he played Jon in the movie). I did have to scrap major sequences from the original script due to the budget which always stings a bit from the writer's perspective as well as producer's. Overall you work with what you have and make the best movie you can.

 

You also play the lead in Insane Like Me? - so what can you tell us about your character, what did you draw upon to bring him to life, and did you write him with yourself in mind from the get-go?

 

I wrote him with myself in mind for the role. I spent 7 years in the Army Infantry and 12 month in Iraq, so some of the character is based on myself in that sense.

 

Thereís a line in the movie where they say ďEasy Audie MurphyĒ to Jake, which is a throwback to me being stationed at the 3rd Infantry Division where Audie Murphy served as well.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your movie's cast, and as producer, to what extent were you involved in the casting process?

 

I ran 99% of the casting process and had close to 1600 submissions to start with. 1% being bit parts being given out as favors or to people I knew.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

I had a blast shooting with everyone on set for the most part. It is hard to pull back at times to handle producing decisions when I want to just focus on the acting for the most part during filming. Itís tough to handle both at times.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Insane Like Me??

 

I think it will find an audience just like any other movie. Itís definitely not for everyone but the ones itís for I hope will enjoy it for what it is. Thereís a lot of blood, sweat and sacrifices I made to make this, and I think that shows.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Yes, Iím in pre-production for a military-drama based on my older brother who was killed in Iraq in 2007. My wife, Grace, and I are dilligently working to make this the best movie we can make.

 

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

 

I did plays in school since elementary and I studied and eventually graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2022 for Acting and Filmmaking.

 

Eventually you also stepped behind the camera and picked up writing, producing and directing - so what prompted that move, and which side of the camera do you actually prefer?

 

I think Iím more comfortable acting in and telling stories that I want to tell right now. Iím open to other work too but if Iím gonna devote myself to something I want it to be something I love and am passionate about telling that story.

 

What can you tell us about your past filmwork, in whatever position?

 

Iíve mostly stuck to acting for the most part. Going to college for acting is a great experience I think for anyone. For me I was able to consistently work on projects throughout college. I didnít ever have that experience auditioning and acting outside of college and I think that helped build a lot of confidence and experience to hit the ground running on my projects once I graduated.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

Method acting has always been more ideal for me in relating to a character and finding experiences from my own life to express the characters emotion.

 

Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?

 

Sylvester Stallone is someone that I admire a lot. He kinda pens most of his projects and has created a lot of great characters and franchises over the years.

 

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This is such a tough question for a film nerd like myself. I generally love most movies I see but if I had to pick a few they would be: Ghostbusters, Rocky IV, Pulp Fiction, The Departed, The Fighter.

 

Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?

 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt22751200/

https://www.instagram.com/bankheadproductions

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100069995974325

 

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

 

I met my wife Grace [Grace Patterson interview - click here] on this project. I hired her to play Samantha after the girl I originally casted fell out literally days before we started production. We got married a year later and she helped with post -production and finding distribution for the film.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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