You read that right, this week the hosts talk about the 1987 live action science fiction fantasy extravaganza “Masters of the Universe.” James and Giselle dive in and discuss how utterly 80s the setting is (so much Aqua Net), some behind the scenes factoids, and how the movie is pretty much The Skeletor Show. As it SHOULD be. Listen and check it out!
“But you ARE, BLANCHE!” That’s right, this week the hosts go delicious vintage and talk about the iconic “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.” James and Giselle discuss the intriguing backstory and feud between its two stars, how that real world relationship undeniably adds to the experience of the movie and affects its story, and how much times have (and haven’t) changed as far as ageism and sexism in Hollywood.
Jordan Canning fell in-love with directing and has directed more than a dozen short films that have been featured in festivals including Tribeca, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. She talks to Defective Geeks about her journey into becoming a director and her inspiration.
What kind of journey led you to becoming a director? When did you know it was something you wanted to pursue as a career?
As a kid I was always watching movies. That was usually what me and my parents did every night after dinner– that, or watch Star Trek: The Next Generation. When I was alone, I would make up stories and little scenes and play them out in my room (did I mention I was an only child?). I went to university in Montreal for creative writing, working mainly in short fiction. After I graduated I moved back to St. John’s and started working at a production company, writing for a docu-drama series about ghost stories and shipwrecks. (Think Creepy Canada, but on the East Coast.) I started conducting the on-camera interviews, and eventually I began directing the dramatic reenactments.Continue reading
Sherren Lee produced and directed The Things You Think I’m Thinking, a short film about a black male burn-survivor and amputee who goes on a date with a regularly-abled man. The film explores the main character’s demons and how he faces intimacy 10 years after his accident. This award winning film will be making the rounds at different festivals this summer. Get to know the woman behind the scenes and read the interview below!
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Sherren! Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get into filmmaking? When did you know you wanted to get involved in making movies?
I grew up wanting to act and participating in all the school plays. In university, I directed a play for the first time and have not acted since. It had never clicked in my head that directing could be something I can do, but as soon as I had a taste of it, I knew it was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. I didn’t go to film school, so when I graduated from McGill with a Bachelor of Commerce, I only looked for film and television work, proceeded to work in production for seven years while creating my own independent work on the side. I didn’t give myself an alternative.
Olunike Adeliyi is a rising star, nominated for her role in BOOST for Best Supporting Actress by the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Her strong presence can also been seen in Darken where she plays a warrior, and the upcoming feature, Chaos Walking alongside Tom Holland (Spider-man: Homecoming) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Get to know the talented actress in our interview below!
Tell us about your upcoming feature film, BOOST. What can you tell us about your character, Amina Nour?
Amina is a hard working woman, caring for her two sons, and trying to keep her family together and out of harms way. She reminds me of my mother, an immigrant to Canada trying to make a better life for herself. Amina found she had to work ten times harder than most people who are originally from Canada, to prove she deserves to be a part of the Canadian fabric.
In Mary Kills People, Abigail Winter’s character, Jess, deals with her relationship with her mother who may be hiding a deep, dark secret from her. Outside of this dramatic role, Winter lives a fully creative life not just as an actor, but also as a writer and musician/singer. Find out more about her in our interview below!
Hi Abigail, thank you for chatting with Defective Geeks! First off, tell us about Mary Kills People and your character, Jess.
It’s my pleasure! Mary Kills People is a unique, trail blazing drama about a doctor named Mary Harris who also moonlights as someone who helps the terminally ill with assisted suicide. In the world which the show in set, doctor assisted suicide is not yet legal, so Mary must hide this part of her life to her family. I play Jess Geller, Mary’s sensitive, intuitive teenage daughter. She can sense that her mother is hiding something, and as Mary grows more and more absent, Jess is not only confused but also feels she’s taking a back seat to her mom’s “double life”. This results in a very rocky relationship with her mother. Additionally, Jess finds herself in a tumultuous relationship with her bad-influence best friend, Naomi. Naomi plays with Jess’ romantic feelings, who is in the middle of coming to terms with her sexuality.
You may not see him on screen, but David Lester has helped shape one of the more stunning series on Hulu, The Handmaid’s Tale. He discusses his role as an assistant director on the show and how it has helped him on his own projects as a creator and director. Read about his creative journey and of course, he tells us which superpower he would pick!
Hi David, thank you for doing this interview with us! First of all, tell us a little about yourself and the kind of work that you’ve done.
Thank you! I’m a director from Toronto, having previously done shorts and music videos and in the process of writing my first feature. And when I’m not creating my own work, I work on set as an assistant director currently on season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale. Generally my work explores themes in relationships, the struggles of long-term commitments, family dynamics, and I next want to explore the seemingly impossible task of overcoming a mental block that has taken over your life and passion.