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An Interview with Simon Wells, Director of The Evil Fairy Queen

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2024

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Your new movie The Evil Fairy Queen - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The Evil Fairy Queen is about fairies but also it's about a family that gets caught up in the fairyies' efforts to rejuvenate their kingdom with human sacrifices. But it's not as scary as it sounds!

 

Now how did the project come into being in the first place, and what drew you to it?

 

James Wrench [James Wrench interview - click here], the writer, had seen my first film about werewolves and he wanted to hear my opinion on his scripts. One of the scripts he sent was The Evil Fairy Queen (although it was titled The Demonic Fae back then) and I instantly fell in love with the cheeky fairies and the bond that the family shared. It reminded me of my family!

 

What can you tell us about The Evil Fairy Queen's writer James Wrench, and what was your collaboration like?

 

This was James's first film and he was really great to work with. He listened to my experience but also brought lots to the film himself. The script was excellent when he sent it to me, but he was really receptive to feedback to make it even better. It was easily one of the most rewarding films I've made thanks to James.

 

Do talk about The Evil Fairy Queen's approach to the fantasy genre!

 

One of our main goals in making a fantasy film was to try and build this fantasy world within our limited budget and to hint at a much bigger world that we can expand on in future films. We very much wanted the mythology to be faithful to real European fairy folklore, so James did a lot of research and incorporated that into the story and world that he created. I wanted the world to be fantastical but also be familiar.

 

A few words about your directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

Making a film is incredibly difficult. Every decision you make is like taking a step on a tightrope a mile above a lake filled with crocodiles and sharks. It's fun! My approach is to focus on telling the story and making it as entertaining as possible whilst trusting and listening to the experts I'm working with. I love people and I love telling stories about people so directing is my perfect job.

 

What can you tell us about The Evil Fairy Queen's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

We were very lucky that a lot of incredibly talented people applied to be a part of our film. For us it was really important for the family to feel like a real family, they engage you with what is happening to them. Kate (Julia Czartoryski) and Adelaide (Aniela Leyland) are real life mother and daughter which I think really helps immerse us in their life.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

The Evil Fairy Queen was one of the easiest films I've made. There was only one day that I felt like we didn't have enough time to get what we needed filmed. The team really came together and we had a lot of fun. I like to think that everyone working on it enjoyed it too!

 

The $64-question of course, where can The Evil Fairy Queen be seen?

 

There are a lot of different ways to watch The Evil Fairy Queen, with more being added, see this link for the most up-to-date list of platforms: https://linktr.ee/theevilfairyqueen

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The Evil Fairy Queen?

 

So far the reception to The Evil Fairy Queen has been very positive. It's very exciting for us as we've been working on this for more than 2 years, and to know that people are enjoying it is incredibly rewarding.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

James has already written a sequel, I'm sure he'll mention it to you! Hopefully the first film will do well and we can justify making the sequel. We'll listen to the feedback and try to make the sequel even better!

 

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

 

I got my first video camera (yes, it used actual tapes) when I was 15, and since then I always wanted to make movies. I initially trained as a computer programmer, which was a mistake but after that I retrained and then worked in film and TV ever since so have been in the industry most of my adult life. I've never looked back!

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Evil Fairy Queen?

 

For a long time I worked on other people's projects gaining experience. I always wanted to direct my own film and luckily had the opportunity to direct the genre horror Carnivore. From here my directing career seemed to be going well with back-to-back dragon fantasy films but they didn't perform as well as we hoped, and coupled with Covid I thought my directing career was over. I'm so happy that James trusted me with his baby!

 

Going through your filmwork, it seems you never stray too far from the fantasy genre - so is that a genre at all dear to you, and why (not)?

 

I really enjoy making films that are entertaining. I enjoy all genres but fantasy and horror are my favourites. They are fun to make and entertaining to watch even if they don't turn out as expected.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

As a director I know what I want but I also listen to the people around me as working as team always gets the best result. I really like to listen to other people on set when there is time but if we're short on time we need to get on with it because if you don't finish then you don't have a film. I really want my films to be entertaining, so whenever I have a difficult decision I usually default to whatever I think will be the most entertaining outcome.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Growing up I loved the films of Sam Raimi, so he is definitely a huge influence. Other directors such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Steve Miner, Frank Henenlotter, Stuart Gordon and so many more have definitely inspired me. Pretty much every film I've ever watched, the good, the bad and the forgettable in some way affect my filmmaking.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

There are so many films that I like from guilty pleasures to all time classics. Alien is usually my answer to that question but there are so many more movies I love that it's impossible to talk about them all!

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

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Deplore, those are strong words. There are a lot of bad films out there. I find Blumhouse films mostly pretty bad with occasional gems. I don't like pretentious films or long boring ones as they are not entertaining. Anything with bad pacing I really hate. I like indie films, but if they are too amateurishly then I just turn them off.

 

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

 

I'll try to update our Linktree with everything anyone can desire: https://linktr.ee/theevilfairyqueen

 

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

 

That was a very comprehensive interview, thank you for taking your time to talk to me!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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