13th October 07
Cannibal Sue/Producer -
The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell
Kevin Wheatley (Writer/Co-Director/Actor) and I had been dating about 3 months when he told me he was writing a screenplay and wanted to cast me in it. We had a lot of discussions during the two weeks he was writing it about the story etc. and once the elements started falling into place he asked me if I would help Produce it, I replied, "What does a Producer do?" he said "I don't know, just figure it out." Famous last words because that is what I have had to do the whole time. When I was putting my first "budget" together I had 4 independent film Producing books in my lap and read and studied and tried to absorb everything I could. We went to NY for 3 weeks of Pre-Pro, secured $5000, had a read through of the script and started buying plane tickets to
Did you have any input to the story?
Kevin would talk to me about ideas but I did not want to touch anything that was going on in his head because I think he is so brilliant. We did have countless discussion about the back-stories of the characters. It gets us both really excited when we start thinking of the expansion of this world and these characters. I had some input in post and during the editing process. We have a really respectful team and once Cameron Pearce (Cinematographer/Editor) and Kevin would get to a point they felt good about they would bring Scott Wheatley (Co-Producer/Production Designer), and myself in to watch and discuss.
Were films like Mad Max used as inspiration or were the directors looking for something totally new?
really wanted to create something new. Most of the inspiration came from the
location, his hometown of
As well as producing you also play a Cannibal in the film. What’s she like?
She is fantastic! I love her, she is so different than me, she's not affected by much, she's really independent and relies on her instincts for everything.
Was it a fun role? Did anything inspire the character?
It was so much fun. No one knows where she came from, except for me, so that gave me a lot of creative freedom in creating her. My directors were fantastic.Kevin directed me to play her like a bored teenager and yet she is this mythical character, so most of my actions had to be really subtle and my emotions had to come through my eyes, instead of big movements. Jonny Gillette (Director) kept me focused on the animal she really is. I got to create her costume, with the help of our brilliant costume designer Tara Tona, so that helped me find her as well. Producing and helping fund an independent feature didn't hurt either. I recommend that to any up and coming independent film producer, be cast as a Cannibal, you can get a lot of your aggressions and stress out chasing people though the desert. My main inspiration came from the research I did on coyotes and Native American spirit animals, as well as the Wheatley's dog Coby.
How long was the film in production, and how long were you on set? Was it a fun time?
shot all of the exteriors during the summer of 2004 in
Why should we go see this movie?
man, people should go see this movie because it's great. No, really, it is a
collaboration of so many talented and undiscovered people. It is literally the
blood, sweat and tears of fantastic artists who believed in a project and stuck
with it at all costs. It is an epic independent film, it tells a story that has
never been touched before, it creates characters you love, where no one is good
or evil, they are all just crazy, and it will have you quoting it for months,
even years! Where other movies that touch on the apocalypse always focus on the
negative and the destruction, this one explores the hope and what is possible
I imagine you are all quite pleased that the film is now getting a nationwide distribution? How many cinemas will we see it in?
We are really happy. It's going to be awesome to know that people across the country are going to have an opportunity to see it in a theater. We will be showing in 30 cities. We would love a bigger release but as it goes, exhibitors can't bet on us to make them any money so it's been tough. That does not surprise me though, this project has been tough from the beginning. I know that the people who were meant to see this movie will and they will love it and they will tell all their friends and tons of people will buy the DVD when it comes out and then so many people will love it that it will be re-released and everyone who worked on the film will get everything they deserve and everyone will be happy. I have high hopes and just want all of these filmmakers to get a chance to do what they do best and that is make, act in, score, animate, design, shoot, direct, and edit great films!
there any plans for distribution outside the
yet, we have to see how the Domestic Market does. National Lampoon is taking it
to AFM coming up. When we played in