Nathan with Shar Dee and Natalie Rowe
Your upcoming movie Bitter Desire - in a few words, what is it about?
A policeman injured in the line of duty recovers at home, unaware that the
nurse sent to take care of him is the girlfriend of the gang leader he
just put away for life. And she has just one mission - revenge!
How did the project fall together in the first place?
film quickly fell into place, and almost quite suddenly. One of the
driving forces was Diana Benjamin whom I had agreed to work with many
years ago. We’ve just been waiting for the right project. Then it was a
question of finding the other co-lead, that after a long audition process
the role was given to Shar Dee. An excellent actress and musician who is
perfect for the role.
What were your sources of inspiration when writing Bitter Desire?
Much like the thrillers I grew up on and admire, all the Michael Douglas
movies, and because I wanted to do a follow up to my previous film in the
same genre, Lady Terror.
What can you tell us about your co-writer on Bitter
Desire, and what was your collaboration like?
good. I collaborated with a new colleague from the USA and we really saw
eye to eye. Whenever
I make an American film for an American audience they 'get it'.
were the challenges of bringing Bitter Desire from a producer's
point of view?
I would say the only challenges as is always the case is scheduling. Film
scheduling for cast and crew and trying to book everyone at the same time
is honestly the hardest part.
You also appear in front of the camera in
Bitter Desire - 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?
play Steve, a cop who’s recovering at home from a workplace injury. I
tried to kind of draw from all the cop roles I've played in the past and
collectively bring them all together into one character. I guess I did
write him with myself in mind, as I wanted to bookend all the detective
roles I've done in the past, so it was fun. Funnily enough there's been a
few times I've played a role like this with the same character name of
What can you tell us
about the rest of your cast, and as co-producer, how much of a say did you
have when it came to casting Bitter Desire?
Tass Tokatlidis plays Andrew, the villain in the film and has proved to be
an awesome force in his role. We have another wrestler, Natalie Rowe, who
plays Annie in the film, friend to Shar’s character and is also doing
some of the fight choreography for us. I
did have a big say in casting as I also do that professionally in my work
and as I am the sole Australian producer on the movie, I had the power to
talk about Bitter Desire's director, and what was working with him
American collaborator, and a new one at that. Always a pleasure working
with filmmakers from the USA, it is after all the home of movies. We spoke
the same language.
A few words about the shoot as such, and the
atmosphere on set has been amazing, everyone is really pumped to be making
the film. I have absolutely loved working with this team specifically,
that has been handpicked.
The $64-question, when and where will
Bitter Desire be released?
2024 for worldwide distribution on digital and physical media.
Any future projects
beyond Bitter Desire you'd like to share?
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movie's website, social media, whatever else?
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I've been really impressed with the maturity and professionalism that Shar Dee
has brought to set, she's a really good egg and I hope other filmmakers
pay attention to her.
Thanks for the interview!