Brand New Interview With Actress And Star Of Before Dawn, Joanne Mitchell
By James Whittington, Monday 18th November 2013

Jo MitchellOn November 23rd Horror Channel is giving Dominic Brunt’s superb zombie shocker Before Dawn its UK TV premiere. The film stars his wife Joanne Mitchell so we decided to chat to her about the making of this acclaimed movie and what projects these two talented people are working on at the moment.

HC: How did you get your big break into show business?

JM: Well, to be honest I don't feel I have had that big break that actors talk about. I'm really just a jobbing actor who was lucky enough to get into the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and have just worked ever since doing theatre, TV, radio, voiceovers, film and now having a go at writing and producing. I still feel a novice with every job I do, but I guess that adds to the excitement!

HC: Are you a horror film fan?

JM: Well I certainly never used to be, but since writing and acting in Before Dawn, it's definitely much more on my radar and I definitely have a new found respect for the genre. I've been to a lot of the horror festivals these past few years and i have definitely found some of the films incredibly interesting. It's fascinating how many people are devoted and supportive of the genre, that is a great thing, much respect.

HC: Was it difficult taking direction from Dominic?

JM: Actually no not at all. We had discussed and worked on the scenes in depth before we started shooting so we were both working from the same page so to speak. We totally trusted each other and I guess this made it all easier, and of course we know each other really well so no space or time for any egos!

HC: There's some amazing make-up effects in the movie, did these take long to apply?

JM: Those were down to the amazing talents of Darren Grassby and Ian Jowett. I would say the longest it took was about 2-3 hours..particularly for the scenes in the cellar towards the end of the film. It was such fun looking at the transformation in stages, loved it.

HC: The film has real heart, do you think it's this aspect that stands it above other zombie films?

JM: Well, I think that is definitely a matter of opinion. It depends what you are into. I know for some people they could really relate to the characters and their journey and the well, ordinariness of it all. And I guess that was what I was interested in. I wanted to make it accessible to horror fans but also to those who are not fans of the genre. However, for some die hard horror fans I know it wasn't perhaps gory enough, or action packed enough. So I guess it depends on the individual really. You are never going to please everyone, but I think we achieved what we set out to.

HC: Looking back is there any of your performance you'd like to change?

JM: Definitely. There is always room for improvement, and everything is a learning curve but once the film is locked there is really nothing else you can do. So I guess you have to put it all down to experience and move on to the next project. Having said all that, it was all such a great experience that there's no regrets!

HC: Was it a difficult shoot?

JM: Hmm, well there was a lot of pressure to get it all done in the limited time we had to shoot (two weeks) so there wasn't really much time for mistakes. But because we had a really tight and accurate schedule that we mostly adhered to we felt confident. The weather was a bit tricky on a couple of occasions but we managed to work around that. So, all in all, no it wasn't a difficult shoot I don't think. We had such a great team of people on it, everyone supported each other and we had a good laugh. I would say it was one of my happiest working experiences.

HC: You must be happy that Before Dawn is getting its UK TV premiere on the Horror Channel?

JM: It is totally awesome that it has. Beyond either of our expectations to be honest. This whole journey of the film is beyond our expectations! We are so so grateful to the Horror Channel and for all their continued support.

HC: Would you like to direct Dominic in a feature in the near future?

JM: Well, if that were ever to happen it certainly wouldn't be in the near future! But who knows, I may turn my hand to directing one day...for now though I'll leave it to the experts!

HC: Would you like to return to the zombie genre in the near future?

JM: Oh yes, given the chance most definitely. Thinking a nice little part in The Walking Dead would do me very nicely.

HC: So what are you working on at the moment?

JM: A few projects actually. We need to do the finishing touches to another short that we filmed over the summer called The Mighty Witch Killers. Plus there's our feature which is in pre-production due to start filming spring 2014 and I am still working on a boxing script that's near to completion. And not forgetting Shell Shocked which is and has been doing all the Festival rounds in this country and abroad. So, keeping busy!

HC: Joanne Mitchell, thank you very much.

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HC: How did 88 Films start?

RE: 88 Films started after James and I met working for another label and it was the usual "we think we can do it better than the boss" scenario. So we slowly developed an idea of what we wanted to do after work down the pub and after lots of head scratching and pork scratchings and some setbacks BE Movies was born... which quickly became 88 Films...

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HC: Where did the idea for Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil come from?

PU: I was inspired by the Basque story "Patxi Errementaria". He was registered by JM Barandiaran, an anthropologist priest who dedicated his life to recording stories and legends of the Basque Country. It is a legend about a blacksmith who was so ev...

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HC: Have you always been a horror fan?

AM: It really started when I was about 7 years old when my older brother showed me Evil Dead. I couldn't believe what I was watching, it truly rocked me. The card scene in the film did not leave my mind for days. That film is stained on my brain. I was terrified. But then I had a realisation that I loved that feeling. It was primal. Then I watched The Shinin...

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HC: You were inspired to write Attack of the Bat Monsters when you were researching 50s movies, did it take long to write?

KG: It took quite a while because I was working 50 to 60 hours a week at a video production facility while raising a 2-year old and 8-year old, along with my wife, who was also working. I would write at night between 9 and 11pm, and maybe a little more ...

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HC: Did you know from a young age you wanted to work in the film industry?

PM: Since a very young age I was always into, even obsessed, with movies. Specifically horror movies, monster movies really. As a hobby, I got really into special make-up effects and drawing. It got to the point where I was so obsessed with it, I decided when I was a teen that I ha...

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HC: Was there a certain piece of work or person that inspired you to work in the industry?

GA: Yes, there was. I am a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock and I decided to study cinema because of him. In the beginning, I didn't know what would I do with movies. Would I be an academic? A film critic? A director? I just knew I had to live doing something that had to do with movies. I graduated in Communication Studies in Brazil where I studied horror movies and literature (specific...

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The Lesson received its World Premiere at FrightFest. How did you react when it was chosen? And what was the experience like?

RP: I was really excited when I found out we'd been picked - we got a call from the team, and they were passionate about the film, and they are such a knowledgable and experienced small team, Greg, Paul, Alan and Ian, and it meant so much. Especially when the making of it had been such an arduous and difficult process! I had no idea how people would react to the film - it was su...

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To start at the beginning, what was the genesis or the seed of the idea for Panic Button?

JS: The model of how to make a film actually came before the concept. I'd made a short film with a group of trainees using a bunch of self-imposed restrictions for practicalities sake, to make sure we completed and delivered within the three-week timeframe of the training scheme, who were my employers. The rules were quite simple - no more than five minutes' walk from the office (we couldn't afford a van), no dialogue (we did...

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DL: Up until this point I never felt like I fully showcased Art's potential. I believe between the short films and All Hallows' Eve, there only exists about 20 minutes of Art the Clown screen time. For a character who's done so little, he seems to really resonate with horr...

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You were born in Cannes so you grew up with film all around? When did you know for sure you wanted to direct?

MT: I think it's always been there. As a child, I used to steal my dad's VHS camera to make mini-movies. They were basically all about my Jurassic Park toys eating my dog or invading the garden. Later, I did more elaborate short films with friends, instead of studying. Then, I remember watching Braveheart and the making of the ...

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Was it important to make your follow-up film to Baskin in the English language?

CE: I wanted to make the film available for a wider audience and to test myself with a different language movie. I thought it was a fun thing to do.

How do you describe Housewife? What would be your perfect pitch line?

CE: Man, I had this crazy f****d-up dream last night! Do you want to see it?

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