Recently I chatted to LA-based Aussie actor, Alex Cubis, for his NOVA Entertainment podcast, Honest Conversation with Alex Cubis. The call connection was a little inconsistent so excuse the odd lag, but it was a great chat and if you stick around until the end, you’ll hear me go on a rant about getting out there and making things happen for yourself.
"It’s also more than just a ‘bad man’ film. Rather, it’s exploring the fine line between great creative work and cruelty. The director is very much a ‘rockstar’ and you can see his cast wanting to believe his mood swings are the necessary evils of a genius, rather than just being straight evil.
“Gullifer does an excellent job of showing this emotional dichotomy through character—it’s the subtle way the protagonist tries to smile politely and nod. We know she’s rationalizing toxic behavior and it makes your stomach turn. So, in the end, when she makes a climatic choice, it’s quite powerful, and, also, inspirational. This is a heavy short, but it also doesn’t really devolve into the overwrought or melodramatic scenes that you’d expect. Moments that could feel too big are handled with restraint."
“Gullifer is clearly a talent to watch.”
I was so delighted to be awarded the Luggi Waldleitner Award for Best Screenplay at Munich International Festival of Film Schools last week. Thank you to the festival staff and jury for such an incredible experience, as well as the Waldleitner family for sponsoring my prize, which will actually enable me to pay off my film!
"The conscious (and unconscious) celebration of the male artistic “genius” is rife throughout the arts and perhaps more so in theatre where “visionary” and “iconoclastic” male directors can still be referred to as “wunderkind” well into their forties."
Read the full article here.