Q and A


How did you get involved with this film?

My short film Hanoi-Warsaw was screening at Encounters Short Film festival in Bristol. We had only just finished making it and it was the first festival outing for the film – and I came to Bristol to be at the screening. And I got word from the festival organizers that a local producer wanted to meet me. Alison Sterling had seen my short and liked it a lot. She was asking me a lot of questions about my plans and I wasn’t quite sure what she was after really. Then she pitched the idea of the film to me. It sounded very interesting. I really liked her and I really liked the idea, but I didn’t believe it was serious: to have a producer come to you with a brilliant idea and ask you if you want to direct your first feature was just like a dream come true. I didn’t want to get too overexcited in case it really was only a dream. So I said I would think about it overnight. And the next day we met again and Alison still seemed dedicated and focused that I said yes – of course!

What was it about the story that appealed to you?

How was the process of developing the script?

This was your first time working with a cast of professional actors – how did you prepare for this?

Why did you choose the actors?

Tell me about Frankie’s journey through the film.

Tell me about your key collaborators.

How did you find it working in the UK?

What did you make of Bristol?

How long was the shoot?

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