I recently got the chance to talk to actress and producer Aoife Madden about her involvement in new indie movie, ‘A Landscape Of Lies’. Here, Aoife talks about what it was like working with the cast and crew on-set and which three people she would invite to dinner…
Hey Aoife. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me about your new film ‘A Landscape of Lies‘.
What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?
‘A Landscape of Lies’ is a roller coaster of secrets that will draw you into its seedy world of power, lies and betrayal. A young soldier learns that his former commander has been killed in a suspected assault. Seeing that the police are without clues, Jacob embarks on a personal mission to bring the culprits to justice himself. The journey draws him into a twisted underworld full of deceit, double-dealing, corruption, and violence.
The people he meets have dark secrets and their own agendas motivated by revenge and greed. Jacob quickly learns that not all is as it seems… as he becomes a pawn in their chess game of lies.
You’re one of the producers of the film – how hard was it to get the film made? How did you get involved in the film’s production in the first place?
This project has been a crazy but wonderful challenge!! I’ve always wanted to produce a feature, and have a number of projects in development, but this was the one I just wanted to lift off the page. I think the biggest challenge was sourcing finance, which is no surprise for an independent film company. We were extremely lucky to find international investors and lobby them to back the project, but this was a lengthy process and has always been a challenge.
How would you say this film is different and unique?
I chose this dark thriller as a springboard for my new company because of its strong female leads and edgy storyline. This is a psychological drama that will challenge society’s notions of what is acceptable and normal. It’s an intelligent script. Although the film has a murder almost in the opening sequence, this is not a murder mystery. What I liked about this film is that it has many themes and explores many lives. It’s a messy film but then life is messy, this is why I was drawn to making it. There are so many twists and turns, I just want people to come away saying ‘Wow, I didn’t see that coming’. I think the audience will appreciate how we’ve steered them through some dark territories.
The film stars Danny Midwinter, Andrea McLean, Andre Samson, Marc Bannerman and Philip Brodie – with Paul Knight onboard as director – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set?
No one knew this story or characters better than Paul Knight. It was an easy fit to move him across from writer to director. Paul gave the actors one run through take and saw where the gaps were and simply plugged them up. His style of directing may not be every actor’s ideal way of being directed but after one day of being on set, they got to see how he worked and adapted a scene, their trust came into place. Andrea was a real trooper on set, took direction and conveyed the character with conviction. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in more films over the coming years, she is a natural. We shot quite intensely which was a challenge but this is a dark intense film. I enjoyed being kept on my toes creatively and I know the crew and actors did too. We created a very supportive team and everyone just got on with it. If you look at how much stuff the film has, you’ll see that it’s jam packed with production value.
Let’s talk a bit about you Aoife. What made you want to get into the world of film in the first place?
As an extremely lively teenager with a lot of drive, I found that theatre, dance and music was a fantastic way to channel my energy and I soon wanted to pursue a career in acting. I gained the lead role in Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Lieutenant Of Inishmore’ with the RSC, from there I starred alongside Holly Hunter on the West End in ‘By The Bog Of Cats’. This is the first entry into the world of cinema for Evolved-Pictures, which I founded in 2010. The project has a very strong lead female cast which appealed to me; I am keen to work on projects which allow women to explore exciting, challenging and dangerous characters. I don’t think there’s enough out there for women regarding these type of roles, it’s something I hope to promote throughout all my projects.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue a career in the industry?
I would say work hard; never stop training for your craft. Get involved in anything you can because you will always learn something new and keep pushing forwards.
What is currently on your I-Pod right now?
- Kasabian- Velociraptor
- Chase and Status
- The Pogues
If you could have dinner with three guests (living or dead), who would you choose and why?
- Quentin Tarantino – fo find out those unsolved answers and pick his brain.
- William Shakespeare – to talk about his inspiring works and whether he did indeed write them!
- Barack Obama – to ask him about the current state of the USA!
If you were stranded on a desert island – what three things could you not live without?
- Notepad & Pen (I’m a doodler)
- My partner
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
I’m really excited to start production on a horror film called ‘Crux’ soon and we’re also producing a comedy, sports adventure ‘Snow Falls’.
Thanks for the interview!