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By James Whittington, Wednesday 4th October 2017
One of the stand out movies from Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 was the psychological chiller, Freehold. Dark and at times truly unnerving, the film caused quite a stir and will be released onto DVD on October 9th. Here the film's director Dominic Bridges talking about this superb debut.
HC: Where did the idea for Freehold come from?
DB: Based on personal experience my wife and I suffered a miscarriage whilst trying to buy a house in London whilst the Estate Agents had us bidding against ourselves... I reacted badly which was embarrassing to my wife and myself it all felt like too much fighting for a roof over our heads just tainted the whole of London for us and we moved also the realisation that Estate Agents only exist because we all created them.
HC: Whose idea was it to change its title from 2 Pigeons?
DB: The idea for the title change came from the distributors.
HC: Was it written with a cast in mind?
DB: Javier Botet was definitely on the cards from early on, his physicality and also the fact not many have seen him out of make up.
HC: Botet is a revelation in the film, what was he like on set? Did he stay in character?
DB: The man is a truly beautiful human being he has a lot going on in his life but he rises above it all with comedy living in the moment there's a lesson we can all learn from him, he initially wanted to live on set and said he didn't require a hotel room?!
HC: Did you have much of a budget to work with?
DB: It was a comfortable budget I guess but there were other complications that made it a very rocky road.
HC: This is your first feature as a director, how nervous were you?
DB: I wasn't nervous I was surrounded by good friends and some excellent talent the nerves are more do with not letting anyone down doing the best making the film that communicates the work that everyone puts in I personally hate the word director I'm part of team my job is to capture not just the script but also the vibe of the moment the ideas and energy that happens whilst on set for me to ignore that makes the art of film making pointless a film is a train speeding along sometimes I'm driving sometimes I'm looking out the window thinking or talking to the train staff but I always make sure we stop at the stations and that the journey we encounter is personified on screen when this doesn't happen its soul destroying.
HC: What did you learn about the craft of directing and if you could would you go back and change anything?
DB: More prep front end to ensure the back end doesn't get messed around with.
HC: So, what are you working on at the moment?
DB: Right now I'm not sure, I've read some great scripts but I have a burning desire to pick my camera up and make a film the way I always wanted to, just me, an idea, a camera, some actors and an edit facility.
HC: Dominic Bridges, thank you very much.
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