The Late Men, winner: Best Supporting Actor, Don Baker, and a freshly instituted "Special Award for Innovation in the New Cinema" for director Van Poynton, 14th Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF)
MUFF founder-director Richard Wolstencroft:
'Stellar performances from Don Baker and Anthony Murphy anchor... a terrifying vision of Ireland as a near future ‘cradle of civilization’. This ‘cradle’ involves: rape, bashings, murder, shoddy drug deals, missing women, intrigue, betrayal and torture.... in a most daring film. [H]as echoes of both Beckett and Pinter in its sense of the absurd and menace, respectively.
We were so impressed at MUFF... that we invented a new award just for this film, “Award for Innovation in the New Cinema,” that we will keep on as a regular category.'
Nominee: 2013 SXSW Film Design Awards, Excellence in Title Design
SXSW-nominated titles: vimeo.com/execbranch/tlmtitles
The Late Men trailer: vimeo.com/execbranch/tlmtrailer1
Facial | fb.com/thelatemenfilm
The Saturday Show with Brendan O'Connor, RTÉ
Brendan O'Connor: Okay, but listen, on a lighter [sic] note, you're back acting as well yeah?
Don Baker: Yeah, big time acting now.
O'Connor: I have a clip here, we'll talk about it in a minute, from a movie called The Late Men. Let's have a look at you in action.
[Clip plays; ends]
O'Connor: That film looks brilliant!
Baker: That film, eh, that other actor there, his name is Neil Sheehy, and he's an up and coming actor and you're gonna see a lot of him ladies and gentleman, he's a great kid.
O'Connor: Ah, but never mind that, you're like an Irish Dennis Hopper there like. You're chewing up the scene-- Brilliant! And you're not even really acting, are ye? It's just kinda--
Baker: Aw thanks Brendan.
O'Connor: Well channelling a bit of Don Baker like!
Baker: They said that about when I was in In the Name of the Father, I didn't know how to take that, "he's just being himself..." Come on, you burn a man to death you're just being yourself!
O'Connor: And listen, that's obviously a Dublin gangster flick, yeah?
Baker: No, it's about, eh, global, ehhh, ecological-- social and ecological breakdown. Em…
Baker: The world economy fails, which is, god forbid we're not far off it, it would be horrible. There's no petrol, there's no, eh, there's no fuel, there's no electricity, there's no beer, there's no...
O'Connor: A post-apocalyptic situation…
Baker:...no tea, no coffee, no cigarettes.
Baker: And it's just dog eat dog. It's a very, very violent movie, this movie. It's really violent.
O'Connor: Is it an Irish film totally yeah? [inaudible; overlap]…Dublin.
Baker: Yeah. It was directed by a guy called Van Poynton. And he's a young man, he's-- Van's, I think, is about 26 [sic!], but he's really out there. We did one scene where eh—like, I'm a total looper in this, right?
O'Connor: Yeah, yeah, got that.
Baker: We done one scene where my wife comes home and I have a noose made for her and I says, "Baby, you're gonna kill yourself," and she's looking and she starts to cry, "you know it's for the best," you know, and she's going "oh my god." So she runs and I chase her, and she's running up the stairwell and I put my hand through and I catch her and I got the rope around her neck and start to choke her. But that scene was done—and I thought it was cheesy at the time—but when I seen it later I thought, ah, it's brilliant. They just used the camera and click-click-click-click-click so it's like, it's all-- Yeah, it's all--
O'Connor: When's that movie out?
Baker: I dunno. They're editing at the moment....
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