New York Comic Con / USA
Bad Samaritan [Tickets]
October 05, 2017, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Join prolific producer, director and writer Dean Devlin and lead actor of Bad Samaritan, Robert Sheehan for an exclusive sneak peek and discussion about this exciting thriller, also starring David Tennant.
Tucson Film Festival / USA
The Song of Sway Lake [Trailer] [Tickets]
October 06, 2017.
A new email arrived today from Ari Gold’s mailing list for Sway Lake with some excellent news! (Go here to sign up if you havent already) There are two screenings at the 2017 Norwegian International Film Festival on August 20 & 21 in Norway. Very short notice indeed, however, if you’re lucky to be near the festival, go grab yourself a ticket right now! The film has been getting great reviews! filmfestivalen.no (direct link)
Also a quick reminder about the other screening at The Sidewalk Film Festival in Alabama on August 27. Head over to sidewalkfest.com (direct link) for tickets.
In the wake of his father’s suicide, young record collector Ollie Sway returns to the family lake house with his rambunctious friend Nikolai in tow to lay claim to an invaluable jazz recording. An unexpected visit from Ollie’s estranged grandmother and a chance encounter with a girl from across the lake derail their search, forcing them to confront the Sway family history and a suffering that has resounded through generations.
Three Summers: August 27 at the Grand Cinemas, Bunbury in Western Australia.
Click here for tickets! (Includes Q&A with writer-director Ben Elton)
The film is set over three summers at The Westival, a fictional West Australian rural folk festival redoubtable local radio personality ‘Queenie’ (Szubankski) describes as “Australia in a tent”. It stars Robert Sheehan (perhaps best known as the lovable, foul-mouthed Nathan from UK series Misfits) alongside Home and Away alumnus Rebecca Breeds, playing young musicians falling in love against a wider collection of tales dealing frankly but humorously with a microcosm of contemporary discussion points, including Indigenous, immigration and refugee issues.
Song of Sway Lake: August 27 at the ASFA Lecture Hall in Birmingham, AL, United States. Click here for tickets!
Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan and 2017 Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil star in the story of a young jazz collector (Culkin) who plots to rob his wealthy grandmother (Peil) of a rare 78 record, but his plan is derailed when his accomplice (Sheehan) falls for the glamorous matriarch. Isabelle McNally, Elizabeth Peña, Jack Falahee and Brian Dennehy co-star.
The Song of Sway Lake, starring Robert Sheehan and Rory Culkin had it’s world premiere on June 21 at the LA Film Festival! Here I have collected some great reviews and interviews with Robert and the writer-director of the film, Ari Gold. Be sure to sign up at swaylake.com to find out when the next screenings will be!
Film Threat – “The editing choices Gold makes raises his film and story to exceptional heights, it’s like watching art that has a uniqueness to it, there’s something that just catches the eye about The Song of Sway Lake, and it draws you in more than most of the films I’ve seen this year. The soundtrack is enjoyable and appropriately captures the film’s themes of longing to recapture better days. The reveal of the titular track is amazing and Ari Gold’s twin brother, Ethan, deserves praise for his musical contributions. The film’s absurdly strong performances, music, and aesthetics all bring to life a wonderful film you won’t want to miss. Do yourselves a favor, and buy a ticket when it comes your way.”
Talk Nerdy With Us – “Robert Sheehan gave a very convincing performance as Nikolai, although his roots are Irish. Where with any other performer it may have been seen as over done, somehow Sheehan’s overall demand of the screen just works. He found the perfect balance between over the top and moderate and sat in it.”
Below is a Soundcloud audio interview with Ari, he chats about Sway Lake at about 27 minutes in.
Continuing on, here is a fun interview with Robert and Ari.
Robert: Ari, it’s so lovely to hear your droll voice.
Ari: Lovely to hear yours as well, if only I could see your feet, then this would really be complete.
R: It would; if you want I can send you a picture.
TNWI: Sorry, am I intruding on anything?
A: Yes of course, this has been going on for a very long time. [Laughs]
TNWI: Well if you need me to step out at any time let me know! Robert, nice to finally speak to you. I spoke with Ari at the festival. I’ve heard you called a lot of names; what should I call you: Robert, Robbie, or Rob?
R: All three, all at once
TNWI: Okay. [failed attempt]
R: You actually did that perfect, love.
TNWI: Okay, that’s a lie, but now we can get started. My name’s Christian. I’m from Talk Nerdy with Us, and actually my first question is for Ari. I watched the film a few days ago, and it was like nothing I’ve seen at the festival so far. I noticed that the water in the film represents a lot of different things for each character; what made you want to create a film with such levels?
A: Well I have to admit that I started with a location, and instead of characters who intrigued me I had this idea of old music and old memories and this beautiful lake; but the deeper I got into it it was more about things that I personally dealt with too. I don’t think I realized how personal it was until I was deep into the process. This idea of frozen versus flowing water and frozen memory and nostalgia versus being present in life is something that I deal with every day, and I think for a long time in my life I was stuck in nostalgia and what if’s and moments of happiness come when a person is present. So the three central characters, Nikolai, who’s fixated on the perfect past that he’s missed by several decades, Ollie (Rory Culkin), who wants to erase the past because it causes him pain, and Charlie Sway, the matriarch who maybe had a wonderful past but she’s stuck in it because she’s also frozen. So all of this imagery circling around water and ice and the vinyl record became very personal for me, so the slush imagery is beautiful to look at and it has a spiritual and emotional resonance that was important to me as well. I wanted to communicate that to an audience in terms of three characters attempting to liberate themselves from that.
TNWI: And Robbie, aside from Ari’s charm and everything, what made you come on to this project?
R: Funnily enough, I came on despite that. [Laughs] I came onto the role because I was twenty four, and they said do you want to go make a movie in upstate New York. I said “Fuck yeah, I do,” and that was my first reaction. Then I met Ari over Skype and just immediately had second thoughts, [Laughs] No, but really it seemed like a very exciting prospect at the time.
A: He called it his practice movie when he was working. He used it as a way of torturing us because he knew that we were lucky to have the meteor that is Sheehan gracing us with his light.
TNWI: Ari, what made you go with Robert instead of a Russian actor for the role?
A: I talked about this during the Q and A at the premiere. I auditioned a lot of people for the role, including Russians and Americans, but Robbie was the only person that naturally had the spirit of the character who Nikoli was based on: my Russian director friend Sergei, who agreed when he saw Robbie that every other Russian guy that we found was just not as good as Robbie, and maybe there’s some kind of spiritual connection between Ireland and Russia, I don’t know. But Robbie has this bombastic flare that is so essential to counterpoint the Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) character. No one else had even close a molecule of it, and Robbie had a supernova effect of that energy that I think even you can tell he has.
R: Yeah, sorry I’ve been so flaky getting me on the phone. Peter Jackson is a very demanding man and sometimes demands foot rubs early in the morning, and I’m the one with the most supple hands so he always asks for me. He just dips my hands in warm butter so sometimes I get caught up doing that.
A: But honestly, I think when Robbie used to joke about The Song of Sway Lake being his practice movie I think now being in a God-knows-how-many-millions-of-dollars Peter Jackson epic is proof that maybe it’s true; maybe he was practicing for his superstardom.