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SxSW 2015 Interview: THE GOOB director Guy Myhill

THE GOOB - At SxSW 2015
by Jason Whyte

"This is English, proper English. FULL ENGLISH. Part Bowie, part stock car racing, part woozy coming of age." Director Guy Myhill on THE GOOB which screens at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival.

I heard this is your first SxSW and Austin experience!

Yeah! I have not been to Austin before but my Dad has. He used to love taking Texan buckle bunnies to the Deep Eddy (or so he told me) so I'm going to check that place out.

At this point I typically ask what's your favorite local barbecue and beer, but have you had any recommendations for best in the city yet?

My mate Chad told me his cousin runs the FULL ENGLISH cafe on Southern Oaks Drive so you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be going there for a half decent cup of tea. As for drinks I'm a fan of English bitter , and French red, so I won't be having any of that Coors lager or Miller Lite or Budweiser shit.

Tell me a bit about your background and how you became a filmmaker. Any earlier projects?

I had Super 8/VHS cameras when I was a kid. Some of those early films are still special to me. "Coot Coot" comes to mind.

How did your movie come together from your perspective?

I wrote the script, then with good support from my producers and execs we found the money then the cast. The casting was probably the tricky bit. I wanted all the actors to have a strong identity with Norfolk, the region where THE GOOB was shot. It's a unique part of the world, with a very specific dialogue and a landscape like no other in the UK. Authenticity was crucial. Then we found a great crew and shot the film at the back end of the summer. It was tight, and time is obviously the precious commodity, but we managed to get through.

I wrote the script, most of it on a large ferry as it sailed from the UK, heading for Northern Spain. Then, obviously, I shared the the story with the my producers and execs, who from day one gave great support and encouragement. We were fortunate too in assembling a great team of collaborators. It was a leap of faith because in many cases I had not worked with the majority of the crew and cast before. In fact out of everyone involved, I had previously only ever worked with a couple of the cast, Sean Harris and Martin Ferguson, though first time actor Joe Copsey had done a lot of building work on my kitchen extension.

So luck does play it's part OR is it something else? Something that we can't quite quantify? Anyway, the stars seemed to align themselves and things clicked in a really positive way.

What was your #1 challenge with this movie, and how did you over-come it?

It was possibly over coming the challenge of creating a film in a short space of time with a whole host of people who I'd not worked with creatively before.And in addition to that, working with people who had not actually done that particular job before. I guess you just have to back your intuition, but if I'm honest, I actually get quite a buzz from that kind of scenario. I love Luke Abbotts' music but could he score? Let's take a punt. Joe Copseys' work in my kitchen is straight; you could roll a mint imperial along the resin floor and it wouldn't deviate, but could he act? The list goes on. Adam Biskupski had not edited a feature before, but he nailed this one. And then there is Liam Walpole...

What keeps you going while making a movie? What drives you?

I am not sure I'm going to be answering your question properly but it's important say to say this...treat people with respect. Film-making can be such an entitled, ego filled world that it's important to remain humble and dignified at at all times. All the relationships you develop and hopefully sustain are fundamental to the success of your project.

What are you looking forward to the most about showing your movie at SxSW and in Austin?

Meeting new people and making new friends. Isn't connection the greatest thing we have?

After the film screens at South By Southwest, where is the film going to show next? Anywhere you would like it to screen?

We have had wonderful run on the European Festival Circuit including Venice, London, Annecy, Dinard, Stockholm, Mons, Braunschweig and collecting a few awards and having a laugh along the way. I've also managed to scrape into Dubai. We travel onto Cyprus, Istanbul, Fribourg and Doncaster. Then I think it's Sydney.

If you could show this movie in any cinema in the world, which one would you choose and why?

Honestly I have no idea, but we always enjoyed projecting 'Coot Coot' on the side of our house.

What would you say or do to someone who is talking, texting or being generally disruptive during a screening of your film?

See you outside the FULL ENGLISH.

There are a lot of up and coming filmmakers both at SxSW and reading our site. What would you want to tell them if they are aspiring to become a filmmaker?

Keep humble. Treat people with respect.

Be sure to follow THE GOOB online at @TheGoobmovie on Twitter or on Facebook at facebook.com/thegoobmovie.

We hope you enjoyed this SxSW filmmaker interview in our 35+ filmmaker interview series. We will have interviews posted all throughout the festival so be sure to visit us often for more coverage!

This is one of the many films screening at the 2015 SXSW in Austin, Texas between March 13-21. For more information on this film screening times, point your browser to www.sxsw.com/film or use the SxSW GO App for Android and iOS.

Jason Whyte, efilmcritic.com
Twitter: @jasonwhyte / Facebook: jasonwhyte / Instagram: jason.whyte



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