Your new movie Lady Terror
- in a few words, what is it about?
After intervening in a mugging to save the life of Candice, an exotic dancer,
clean-cut lawyer Jake is set up to learn the true meaning of pain as he
falls desperately in love with a manipulating murderess. An erotic tale of
lust, deception and vengeance. Will Jake figure it out that Candice isn't
what she seems before itís too late?
What inspired you to make essentially a (neo) film noir? Is this a
genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?
My tastes lies deeply in the late 80s and 90s thrillers, particularly
Basic Instinct. Iím a big Michael Douglas fan. I crave good performance
over physical prowess and the films of today sadly donít deliver what I
crave, therefore I have to make my own! Other influences were Nicolas
Winding Refnís Neon
Demon and an old school Corey Haim movie called Blown Away.
can you tell us about Lady
Terror's co-writer Simon Salamon, and what was your collaboration
Salamon is somewhat of a ghost writer. An American who has collaborated with me on
several productions. He understand my genre and is a key element to a
Nathan Hill production. I liken the relationship to somewhat how Tom
Cruise and Robert Towne work like.
Do talk about your directorial approach to your
story at hand?
all of my films, once everyone understands the overall vision, I let them
off the leash, so to speak. Actors are free to make the character their
own and Iím always open to suggestions. Sometimes an actor gives me a
better idea than was in the script and I often will roll with it. Iím
working backwards though all the time, I know what I want before I make
it, so the set is more of an execution rather than artistic improvisation when
it comes to actual filming.
You also play the lead in Lady
Terror - so do talk about your character, what did you draw upon
to bring him to life, and have you written Jake with yourself in mind from
The actor-writer relationship means that this one was catered to me playing
Jake. However it depends on the situation. Not all films I make I direct
and not all films I act in I direct either. Iím a well-rounded filmmaker
and can pretty much perform any role on a movie set as Iíve worked
behind and in front of the camera for nearly two decades. Jake suffered
from OCD hence he wears the same clothes a lot. I expanded on that as his
life was in chaos most of the time, so his wardrobe became the only solid
thing in his world.
What can you tell us about the rest of Lady
Terror's key cast, and why exactly these people?
plan was to cast new school with old school, to give the old fans what
they expected from a Nathan Hill production and any new fans some fresh faces. The
amalgamation of both created a vision that I felt was fitting for my 10th
feature film. The NHProductions alumni was there, and so was some new blood. Artists
like Simay Argento and Tritia DeViSha [Tritia
DeViSha interview - click here] grounded the film and also let pave
the way for newcomers Phillyda Murphy and Challise Free, I thoroughly
enjoyed the experience and I think it worked.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
atmosphere on set was like it always is on my sets, people donít want to
leave! Ha! Itís too much fun playing pretend and living out the
fantasies and lifestyles that in normal life wouldnít be possible. This
for my 10th film Iím happy to say was the smoothest shoot Iíve had to
date and Iím very proud of it and the people involved. It was shot in an
incredible record of time of only 12 days, which is almost unheard of for
a full-length piece.
$64-question of course, where can Lady
Terror be seen?
Terror will be released through WWMM end of February on all major streaming
platforms, and I have requested a physical release (DVD, Blu-ray) as I am very
sentimental when it comes to owning copies of my films in my hand too.
Sometimes a thumbnail pic on a streaming service just isnít enough for
me. Iím old school in that way.
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of Lady
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
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can say that the premiere at Nova Cinema was a sell out! Iíve never had
so much fun in a screening for one of my films, and the audienceís
reactions were on point. Everyone seemed to understand the movie and made
for a very enjoyable experience. A lot of the comments pointed out how
original the work was, and that my style is very distinct. I mean thatís
what all directors want to hear, you donít want to be cliche so I
guess Iím doing something right. Iím in my own lane, and Iím not
going out of my way to compete with anybody.
Any future projects you'd like to
canít say too much at the moment, other than letting you know that Iím
technically half way through shooting my 11th film! Iíve also just
wrapped playing the lead in Dia Taylorís Disconnected. Due for release
late í23, early í24.
Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
my 10th film the Blu-ray will be a special edition PACKED with extra
Thanks for the interview!