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Interview with Jade Alexander, producer of new film ‘Death’

4 April 2012 Tom Hunter

London Calling's Tom Hunter talks to Jade Alexander, producer of the new film 'Death' about the project, sci-fi films and what's next.

London Calling: What’s the concept of the film?

Jade Alexander: My favourite way of explaining is what we have on the poster: ‘This is a story about the things people will do for love, and for guilt. They are easy to confuse.’
That said it is about families, about the love and the pain of having them and most of all the pain of losing them. It really shapes who we are.

LC: How did you first get involved as the producer on this project?

JA: I met Martin Gooch (our director) at an awards night, and felt like we’d met before, so I went up to him and asked if we’d met, he said no – which was quite embarrassing but turns out he lived around the corner from me in Sydney for several years so maybe that was it!
Then we chatted about his various projects and scripts and he mentioned Death, which I read and was very impressed with. However he wanted to go into production early January with preproduction in December, but I was already scheduled to be in Sydney until early January, so I politely declined to produce but wanted to help out. We kept in touch and when I arrived back in London I went into the office to help out and found my name on the call sheet listed as Producer. Then I thought ‘Well, if my name is on the call sheet, I’d better do a good job of this!’ So I ended up working on the production and here we are!

LC: Which do you prefer, the buzz of acting or the biz of producing (or is it impossible to separate the two)?

JA: Oh that’s a hard one! I love both is the short answer. I’ve been acting professionally since I was 8 years old, and I love stepping into another character’s shoes, worries, triumphs and relationships. I love being an actor on set with the buzz all around you and it all stopping when the director yells “Action!” – then it’s just you. However I love producing as I can be a bit of a control freak (!), and just being with the project from its inception all the way through, you realise how small a part actors play in the entire process. There is a love of the project you have to have as a producer, a real tough, yet deep love for it, as you will live, breath, think and have it consume your waking days for years. No matter how big or small the project is! Years and years to come.


LC: Is the film strictly for sci-fi fans, or is there something for all audiences?

JA: No, definitely not just sci-fi fans. I believe sci-fi can be quite a limiting tag to put on any film. People can get polarized by it easily which is a shame as I believe sci-fi stories, are really about our humanity and about us as a race – much larger themes and questions about life in general. That is a whole different discussion! This film, Death, is first and foremost about a family, about the kids who grew up and came back to the family house when their parents had died. It has mystery, it has drama, it has ghosts, it has fights, jewels and more. It really harks back to the older British mystery films where anyone of any age could watch and enjoy it. It’s heart-warming, sad and beautiful all at once. And watch out for the cameo from the great sci fi author, Ian Livingston!

LC: Science fiction is all about world-building? How did the team look to create a believable world around this central concept?

JA: This particular story is set in our world, however it extends beyond that just as many of us suspect. So most of the scenes were not too difficult to shoot, we just had to find the right locations. One particular house we shot in had the most amazing junk in it; it was freezing but each room was already full of old bric-a-brac. Perfect for us! We had a great set designer, Anke Schiemann, who created these amazing props for us that Martin had already drawn. Martin is an amazing artist; he actually went to art school so a lot of the drawings, and even the poster, are drawn by him!


LC: How did you come to be involved with the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival?

JA: I was speaking to Louis Savy about this coming year’s Sci-Fi London in relation to another project of mine (8 The Series) and he asked me how Death was coming along. He and Martin are friends from a long time ago and he knew about the film.
For myself I started out working as a volunteer when I first got to London. It sounded great fun, being able to see all those new sci-fi films was fantastic and the team is great, it’s a fun buzz!

LC: What are you working on next?

JA: I am working on several projects, a big online mystery series called 8 The Series, which will be a cross between Lost, Heroes and The X Files. Check us out on Facebook here and 8 The Series website. It’s all very hush-hush but very exciting as I’ve not worked in the online medium before and all the tech is quite confusing! I’ve got several other film projects in the works, as well as several acting roles booked for later on this year and some films coming out as well. It’s a big year!


To watch a trailer for the film click here.

Death will be opening the London Sci-Fi Film Festival on 1at May. For more information visit the website.


 

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