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Victoria Film Festival Interview: THE INFINITE MAN director Hugh Sullivan

The Infinite Man - At VFF 2015
by Jason Whyte

"THE INFINITE MAN is a time travel comedy romance about a man whose attempts to create the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover a time loop." Director Hugh Sullivan on THE INFINITE MAN which screens at the 2015 Victoria Film Festival.

Is this your first movie in the Victoria Film Festival, and are you coming to Victoria for the screening?

It is my first movie in the festival, but unfortunately I will not be able to attend. It looks very beautiful, though.

How did this whole project come together from your perspective?

The project was funded through the South Australian Film Corporation's FilmLab initiative. The producers (Kate Croser and Sandy Cameron) applied with a few ideas along with myself, and this is the one we finally settled on. Then it proceeded to change a great deal throughout the writing process, finally becoming the film it is today.

What was the biggest challenge in making the film? And the most rewarding moment?

The biggest challenge was just working with a small budget, and knowing there was so little room to move, every step of the way, from development through to post. Revealing it for the first time to an audience was perhaps the most rewarding moment, and discovering that it connected with people in the way we hoped it might.

What keeps you going while making a movie? How much coffee?

Certainly throughout this film it was a great deal of coffee. A wonderful crew helps, too, and a pleasant working environment. And the knowledge it will soon be over.

I would love to know about the technical side of the film, your relationship to the director of photography, what the movie was shot on and why it was decided to be filmed this way.

Director of Photography Marden Dean and I have been friends since film school where we worked on a few projects together. So we have a very close relationship, which helps when there is not a great deal of pre-production. The movie was shot on the Arri Alexa because film was out of the question, and we felt the Alexa produced the best possible image.

I would love to hear about the journey this movie has had on the fest circuit, and the plans you have for the movie after it plays in Victoria.

The film premiered at South by Southwest in Austin in March, 2014 and won Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. It has also screened at the Sitges, Edinburgh and Melbourne International Film Festivals and many others around the world. I believe there are plans for a US release sometime this year.

What would you say or do to someone who is talking or texting during a screening of your film in a cinema?

I tend to avoid confrontations in dark places, but needless to say I can't stand or understand talking or texting during any film.

There are a lot filmmakers, especially up-and-comers, reading our site. I was curious if you had any advice to aspiring filmmakers?

Unfortunately I don't have any particularly wise or inspiring nuggets. Just work hard and persevere.


For additional information on the Victoria Film Festival including screening times, ticketing information and other events happening around the city in the next ten days, point your browser to www.victoriafilmfestival.com.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @jasonwhyte for live updates throughout the fest including Instagram updates, commentary and links to upcoming interviews and coverage. If you see me in line, please say hi!

Jason Whyte, efilmcritic.com


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