Your new movie Too Rough
- in a few words, what is it about?
What were your
sources of inspiration when writing Too
Rough, and is any of it based on personal experience?
much everything is based on true events from my life. I even had a social
worker who looked to Jesus for orders on how to fix our family.
Too Rough's lead
characters Nick and Charlie, which one can you actually identify with
more, and why?
Nick, because Iím always trying to hide some part of me from partners
and rebuff them, while also desperately anxious to lose them. Heís very
tough, but very sensitive at the same time.
What can you tell us about your
directorial approach to your story at hand?
was hyper-alert in distinguishing what felt real and what didnít, while
from the outside trying to appear calm and create a space where my cast
could be vulnerable and tender.
about Too Rough's
cast, and why exactly these people?
immediately had the eyes. It turned out he also had the heart and soul.
Joshua Griffin has an incredible mind and infuriatingly beat me at chess twice on
set, which was definitely my least favourite thing to happen in this
You also have to
talk about the flat the movie was shot it, and what was it like filming
was a real Glasgow flat, with the smell, the soul, the size of a real
Glasgow flat. It was tight. Plus we all had to wear masks. So it was a
little like a coal mine, without the coal.
A few words about the shoot as such, and the
always with filmmaking, time was marching terrifyingly against us, so it
was a race to pour our passion out with control but with speed. And of
course, recreating some scenes from my childhood was a singular experience
in which I suddenly had control of certain dark memories. I donít know
if I can say it was therapeutic, as Iím not sure Iím any more sane now
than when I made it - but it made me feel something painful and beautiful.
The $64-question of course, where can
Too Rough be seen?
is on YouTube right now for 48 hours, until Friday at 5am ET,
2 am PT. And it's now distributed by Canal Plus in various European
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Too
matter where Iíve seen the film in the world, people seem to feel some
kind of brutal tension from the film, as well as the pain in it. Only
really in the UK do people howl with laughter - I think weíre more used
to using humour to survive the darkness. The critical reception has blown
me away, and maybe my little fantasy of having a Guardian review is a
Any future projects you'd like to share?
currently developing my first feature with my producers Alfredo Covelli [Alfredo
Covelli interview - click here] and Ross McKenzie [Ross
McKenzie interview - click here]. Itís a horror movie about a gay couple who evoke a
supernatural entity, fuelled by their love.
got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
have no idea the moment I became obsessed with filmmaking, I just remember
needing to know how it was all done. It was the mystery, the parts I
didnít understand that drew me in. I had to figure out how to do it. I
dropped out of film school because it was quite frankly a soulless tundra.
I've read that you also have a
background in poetry and music - so how does this play into your work as a
think these different mediums help me practise my Ďimageryí muscle
because strong imagery is essential to me for all of them. Poetry also has
rhythm and requires thorough editing, and the process is actually very
similar to film editing.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to Too Rough?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
lot of it was for digital platforms and therefore had to be fast, and very
demanding of the viewerís attention. But I produced it all myself with
friends, and we worked so very hard to make those projects happen. Time
for Love for
instance is one of the hardest things Iíve ever done, as we had no
budget and Iíd never performed on camera before.
would you describe yourself as a director?
very empathic dictator with no rules and an aching heart (and occasionally
an aching bum if Iím lucky).
who inspire you?
Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, Pedro Almadovar, Darren Aronofsky.
Your favourite movies?
Baby, Jules et Jim, Bonnie and Clyde, Black
Swan, Woman on the Verge of a
and of course, films you really deplore?
load of shite that is so forgettable I canít remember it.
movie's website, social media, whatever else?
for the interview!