For my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with the minds behind Bad Candy. They are Desiree Connell and Scott B. Hansen, who share directing duties, as well as writing duties. In our conversation, we touch on the vignette shooting and how they don’t personally consider it an anthology film and adding to the Halloween resurgence and playing by Halloween rules.
At this past Fantasia Film Festival at the end of August, I was able to watch Kelsey Egan's Glasshouse, a unique sci-fi drama thriller about a family isolated in a glasshouse in the middle of the woods, sheltered away from a toxin outside that erases memory. When a stranger comes across their property, the eldest daughter Bee (Jessica Alexander) let's him in, which goes against their rules and rituals, and threatens their family unit. You can find my review of the film here. I was also able to speak with Kelsey about her film, which she co-wrote with Emma Lungiswa De Wet. You can find my conversation with Kelsey directly below as we spoke for my podcast The Filmcraziest Show.
At this year’s past Fantasia Film Festival, I had the chance to speak with the minds behind the short film Victim No. 6, which premiered as part of the Born of Woman programme. I spoke with the film’s writer, director and producer Nancy Menagh, as well as producer and star Heather Brittain O’Scanlon, who plays Donna in the film.
At the height of Britpop, the founder and head of Creation Records, Alan McGee (played by Ewen Bremner in the biography Creation Stories) was at the height of his career, discovering bands like Oasis that would heavily influence the 1990s, and music from there on. Nick Moran's film tells the story of the rebellion of the age, [...]
For Black Conflux, I was able to speak with actress Ella Ballentine about her layered and memorable performance as Jackie. In the interview, we talk about how Ella picks her projects, workshopping the character, singing for a scene in the film, watching her films, working with Ryan McDonald, some advice and more in between.
Up until this point for my podcast, I’ve watched every film or TV series that I’ve covered. For this episode, we talked about a film that hasn’t been created yet with a project called The Mire, described as a contained thriller which explores the darkest sides of manipulation set in Portsmouth, in the U.K. I spoke with the upcoming film’s director Adam Nelson, the film’s screenwriter Chris Watt and the film’s producer Tom Byrne, as they are currently trying to crowdfund the last bit that they need to be able to start filming in October 2021. In the podcast, we also talk about one of Adam and Tom’s other projects, a segment called Toilet Humor in the anthology film I Am An Addict.
Back at last October’s first edition of the Nightstream Film Festival, I was able to watch the wild puppet horror film Frank & Zed, written and directed by Portland filmmaker Jesse Blanchard. I loved it a lot as a love letter to the horror genre and monster movies, and I loved seeing all the effort that went into a puppet film of nature, especially with the climactic Orgy of Blood. I spoke with Jesse at that festival, but as our conversation came at the very end of the festival, we thought it best to hold the conversation for either its release (On Demand or what have you), or its next big festival stop. It’s now playing at the Fantasia Film Festival – available On Demand through Wednesday, August 25 – and I’m super excited to unveil our conversation.
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to join in on a press day to chat with Japanese filmmaker Takashi Shimizu for his new film Howling Village, which he co-wrote and directed. Shimizu is best known for bringing the universe of Ju-on: The Grudge to life, creating the original Japanese horror films, and then directing their American remakes in The Grudge and The Grudge 2.Tak In Howling Village, a young psychologist (Akaya Miyoshi) searches for her missing brother at a haunted and cursed location known as "Howling Village," where she starts to uncover information about her family history. In our conversation, we talk about the film's phone booth scene, what other genres of horror Takashi would like to explore, and some nursery rhymes heard in the film.
Sometimes films are equally as entertaining as they are culturally important, and that’s true for the Canadian short film Kwêskosîw (She Whistles), an Indigenous supernatural thriller playing as part of the Born of Woman programme at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. In the film, Stephanie (Sera-Lys McArthur) is on her way to girlfriend’s house and she hops in a taxi. On this episode of my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by the film’s director Thirza Cuthand, who also writes and associate produces the film, as well as one of the film’s leads and producers, Sera-Lys McArthur.