Simon: "My life is like an ever changing
Conducted by Phil
September 8th, 2006
Meet Simon Cathcart, director of
the new British horror movie StagKnight, which has been garnering much
online buzz of late.
Read on for the scoop on this forthcoming horror
What is your background in
At 20 with a one way ticket from sunny Australia, via Tokyo (for a year) I
landed in London with the express purpose to get depressed. Falling into
Drama I went on to perform in theatre productions in London. I toured
with my own production of Sam Shepherd’s True West across Nth America
notching up 127 performances to great reviews. I then obtained a degree
in Media from Westminster College and merged my theatre skills with film
skills to develop a performance technique for film actors. I have worked
with over two thousand actors all in front of the camera, some feature in
Sex and the City, Matrix 2 & 3, Lock Stock, Mission Impossible, Tomb
Raider etc. This work and training set me up for my first short film
Can you tell us a little about
StagKnight and the ideas which led you to write it?
I like genres, my life is like an ever changing genre movie, I also want
to talk about guys issues in my movies and a bachelor party seemed to be
the best place to kill people and discuss being a man.
How long did it take after the
script was completed to get the film rolling?
Usually takes me about 3 months to write a script, it was getting the
money together which is where the delays took place. Maybe two years of
work. Then about six months getting the pre-production done.
How was the film
By a group of very wealthy and very brave men and women.
"This is what gives it the cult
look and edge".
How did you find your
I have worked with a lot of actors. So I had a lot to hand.
How long was the shoot, and
was it as much fun to make as it looks like it will be to
It took six weeks to shoot. And we had a rule, aside from the kills;
every scene must have a gag in it no matter how small. This is what gives
it the cult look and edge, because it is a film that you can see again and
again and find more gags in each scene you missed before.
The cast ranges from
newcomers, to working actors, to familiar faces, did everyone work well
I’ll put it like this; they functioned like any other group of men out in
the woods together. The girls were very brave especially as they had to
run around the woods at night with practically nothing on.
What are your thoughts on the
state of British horror?
I would say what is the state of British cinema? Iran made more films
last year than we did. Stagknight is leading the pack as far as UK horror
goes and I have three other scripts ready to roll all in the teen genre,
which I can’t wait to share with you. But I doubt any of the money will
come from UK. I think UK finance left with the Mayflower.
Many horror comedies have
begun to appear thanks to the success of Shaun of the Dead. What makes
StagKnight different from any other horror comedy?
Simple: Better babes, better kills and better gags.
Has the film been doing the
rounds at festivals and such?
Not yet, we had a little private screening at Cannes for friends, which
was great fun, it was so good to see everyone laughing and then screaming
minutes later, we are in the middle of post production so we will send out
to festivals soon.
"Better babes, better kills and
What kind of reactions have
you been getting from horror fans, critics and potential
We have had over 3 million hits on our site to date and it is just the
holding page?! Our new site, up in three weeks, will be a first person
shooter style site which will host clips, pics, stories, the works for you
guys. But no one has seen it, except the clips we have leaked. But all
in all the vibe is huge.
What are the current plans for
It will be festivals, firstly for sure, so I will keep you posted when it
comes to its first festivals to let you guys out there know.
What’s next for you?
Oohh! Monsters on mass that we have not seen for 50 years!
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."