Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meet Carey McKenzie the Director of Cold Harbour

This week I had the opportunity to interview Carey McKenzie the Director of the film 'Cold Harbour'.

(Film Director - Carey McKenzie)

I asked Carey some questions:

What does a Film Director do?

Be brave.  I remember once I found this second hand book from Elia Kazan and in it he mentioned that a director needs to know the weather, history, geography and almost all other subjects of life.  You have to observe people.  We are all different.  Keep a notebook and pen with you at all times.   Films are about human nature.  Learn.  Explore whatever interests you.  You need to have something to say.

What drew you to this film?

Well I'm the writer and director.  I'm also fascinated by the perlemoen poaching that goes on in the Cape. This is a film about a good man in a bad situation.  Do we remain true to our principles of struggle or is it every man for himself?

What makes a good film noir?

Well this film is a cross-genre.  It is immersed in femme fatale and film noir. This film is not just about him and her.

What do you think of The Durban International Film Festival?

It's my first time here and it's great.  It's wonderful to meet all these filmmakers from Africa here and you can be sure that the African Renaissance is now.

The Film 'Cold Harbour' is on at The Durban International Film Festival
Next showing: Tuesday 22 July, Ster-Kinekor, Musgrave Centre, 17h30.

Interview by +Fred Felton

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