Simon Killer is the story of Simon who travels to the city of love, Paris, after his five year relationship with his girlfriend (never seen or heard on screen) ends. The collapse of the relationship has seriously affected Simon and seems to have both emotionally and mentally affected him. This is the backdrop for the film, which in all serious, is a study in madness; we watch, over a period of a few months, how this dark depression can turn a man into a killer.
I reviewed Simon Killer during the London Film Festival 2012, where I said that "as emotionally compelling, and visually stunning; Simon Killer stands out as an art house film, offering visual, audio and thematic pleasures and leaves the audience feeling both scared and empathetic..." This week, Eureka! is releasing Simon Killer in the UK, and I was given the very special opportunity to interview the director about the monsters that he makes.
Our friends at Peccadillo Pictures have been kind enough to offer us another great competition. This time, to celebrate the release of last years biggest and most important gay picture, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, directed by Ira Sachs (Married Life) and starring Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth. This film was a runaway hit both in the UK and USA, being showcased at the 56th BFI London Film Festival and being chosen as a Critics' Choice at Time Out on theatrical release last year.
Earlier this year, during the 56th BFI London Film Festival, I got a chance to meet some of the stars and director of the film during it's premiere at the Curzon Mayfair. In between my excitement at meeting Charlotte Rampling, I managed to conduct these interviews.