The People Behind The Film
Mark Brown and Phil Haine release films through their production company Braine Hownd. On top of producing films, Braine Hownd run a monthly short film soiree in the cellar of The Hideaway bar in north London, giving a mixed bag of producers the opportunity to showcase and critique each other’s films. Twice a year they take the opportunity for a good party when they have an award ceremony for the best films of the previous six months.
It was always about how stupid blokes are when it comes to women.
When Somebody to Love dropped into our inbox it looked like it would be a perfect fit for Snoovies. Can’t get much more chillier than dead. The idea of the film is pretty sick and so we asked Mark, who wrote it, what he was on.
Mark and Phil explain the idea behind it, which had quite sophisticated psychological grounding.
She was there with her eyes open, and her eyes were dead. And then without doing anything, her eyes were alive!
The actors, Alex Hughes and Natasha Staples do a fine job of conveying the story and the inner turmoil. We thought they deserved to have a whole section devoted just to themselves.
I don’t have any formal training with actors.
Unusually for a writer and producer, Mark isn’t that keen to be on set to watch and interfere (professionally) with the director. The two have a strong level of confidence in each other’s abilities. Mark cast the actors while Phil was left to bring his script to life. Phil explains how he in turn, trusts the actors and the rest of the crew to do their thing independently as well.
One other person who deserves a special mention and who is spoken of in the most glowing terms is Frederic Fournier, the third producer. However, he is far more than that, and Mark and Phil consider him to be a one man film studio.
I think it’s pointless to have a character that you just hate from the beginning.
One aspect of the story that is pretty disturbing is the way we feel a certain level of sympathy for the character portrayed by Alex Hughes. Although this film fits into the ‘horror’ genre, there is a strong underlying question of who we connect with.
Natashas character is intitially Alex’s fantasy. Someone who just wants to make love and appreciate him completely. Some moments the viewer wants to shudder off the uneasy sensation that we are in the deluded mind of a madman.
Mark has written Braine Hownds first feature film, a thriller set in Scotland called Coldfall directed by James Rumsey and produced by Natasha Marburger. We wish them the best of luck with that and hope they don’t get snowed in!