Hello Martin Keady, it’s a pleasure to have you with us for this interview. Congratulations on your award at last season of the “Casablanca Film Factory Awards”.
Q: Your new movie is “LAST FIRST”; in a few words, what is it about?
A: LAST FIRST – the story of two women and one man on a special boat.
Q: When did you plan to do this film?
A: Put it together with MEETING in a “two-fer” package called, “Hello Goodbye: Two Short Films About Love, Loss and Letting Go”. Then ideally submit that 30-minute package to film festivals and indeed TV stations, both terrestrial and online.
Q: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
A: Like most film-makers, it was my love of film (which I inherited from my mother) that got me into film and film-making in the first place. And I have received some formal training in film-making and screenwriting, including an Masters Degree in Playwriting from Central School of Speech and Drama (on which I made my first short film, The Final, which is about the famous and dramatic ending of the 1979 FA Cup Final), and completing a short course at Britain’s National Film and Television School.
Q: What can you tell us about your film work prior to this film?
A: The film I made before MEETING was another short, THE FINAL, which is based on the famous ending of the 1979 FA Cup Final, the most dramatic ending of any Cup Final ever, and the even more dramatic effect it has on one watching couple and their young daughter.
Q: Can you explain or tell us some of the important elements of this film that makes it interesting?
A: I firmly believe that MEETING, which is based on a true story, is the ultimate lockdown film. If you thought that your Zoom meeting was awkward, well just watch this…
Q: How big was your team and what were the cameras that you used?
A: Three – the actors (including director Harri Mardlin, who also stars). And no cameras at all were used – just Zoom.
Q: Directors (and indeed actors) who inspire you and what are your favourite movies?
A: Directors: Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Chantal Akerman, among many. And favourite five films: Some Like It Hot; Annie Hall; Withnail and I; Same Time, Next Year; and Swallows and Amazons (the 70s original, not the terrible recent remake).
Q: Where can people see your work?
Q: What are your future projects?
A: Several, including: SAVING SHAKESPEARE, a six-part animated TV biopic of The Bard, being produced currently by Greek animators vktoons.com; HEMINGS AND CONDELL, a full-length audio/radio play about Shakespeare’s best friends, who saved his career, his life and ultimately his work, which is being produced in early 2023 by Bamalam, an independent British audio/radio production company; and Withnail and Us: From Cult To Classic, a book about the most beloved British film ever made, which I have contributed three essays to, which is being published in early 2023 by Titan.
Q: Thank you for this very inspiring interview, Martin Keady. Here at the “Casablanca Film Factory Awards” we look forward to seeing and appreciating your new film productions!
A: Thank you, merci and danke!