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Whistler Film Festival 2014 Interview: THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE director Murray Foster

by Jason Whyte

'This movie is the most fun you will have in a movie theatre this year. It is about four charming Brits in a band called the Cocksure Lads who come to Toronto, split up, then spend the day getting into misadventures. It is ALSO a musical, so it has about twenty-five 60s Britpop-inspired songs. At any given moment you will be either smiling, laughing, or humming.' Director Murray Foster on THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE which screens at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival.

Is this your first Whistler Film Festival experience and are you going to attend your screenings?

Yes. this is my first Whistler experience. I will be grinning in the back row of both screenings.

Tell me a bit about your background and how you became a filmmaker. Also what have you worked on in the past?

I have been in music for the past twenty years, first with Moxy Fruvous and currently with Great Big Sea. I started writing and directing movies about five years ago, and now I have gone and made a feature film.

How did this movie come together from your perspective?

Three years of blind, stupid determination on my part.

What was the biggest challenge, or challenges, in making the film?

Raising the money. We raised it all privately; two Kickstarter campaigns and then $200,000 in private investing. Telefilm has come on board recently with finishing funds. The rest of the process is pure joy.

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

I think I have a weird, oversized sense of duty; I said I was going to make a movie so a made a god-damn movie.

If you had to pick a single favorite moment out of the entire production, what would it be?

I loved writing the script. To have an AH HA moment while screenwriting is priceless!

Tell me about the technical side of the film, your relationship to the director of photography, what the movie was shot on/format and why it was decided to be filmed this way.

Samy Inayeh was the Director of Photography and he was great. I needed an experienced DP because I had never done a feature before. He also showed me how hard you have to fight for your movie; how strong-willed you need to be, how you have to be a dickhead sometimes and how you have to say the unsayable. He owns three Black Magic cameras, so we shot on those.

What are you looking forward to the most about showing your movie in Whistler?

I can NOT wait to see how the audience reacts, where the laughs are and so forth. I have never really shown it to strangers before.

After the film screens in Whistler, where is the film going to show next? Anywhere you would like it to show?

We are waiting to hear from a bunch of festivals right now. Probably a theatrical release in June next year.

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

Grauman Chinese Theatre? Is that what I should say? (Author note: The Chinese is now an IMAX theater! So get cracking on the COCKSURE LADS IMAX Experience!) Or the Varsity in Toronto, or anywhere in Toronto for that matter.

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

I would say something like 'Stop texting right now or I will pull out your tongue and wrap it around your neck like a tie, carve out your retinas and turn them into two tiny serving bowls that I will use to hold one used olive pit each during parties, and then chop off your left hand and wear it around my neck at poker games and just keep saying 'I have got a great hand!' all night. Failing that, I would call the usher.

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


And finally what is your all time favorite movie?

I love CYRANO with Gerrard Depardieu. Tears, baby, tears!

Be sure to see THE COCKSURE LADS MOVIE, which is playing at Whistler Film Festival on Saturday, December 6th, 7pm at Rainbow Theater and also on Sunday, December 7th, 5pm at Rainbow.

This is one of the many films playing at the 2014 Whistler Film Festival. For show information, tickets and for other general information on films and events, point your browser to the official website HERE

Be sure to follow instant happenings of Whistler Film Festival on my Twitter account @jasonwhyte, including mini-reviews of films, comments on festival action and even a photo or two. You can also follow the festival on my Instagram at jason.whyte!

Jason Whyte,

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