You may not know Mark Tonderai yet, but you will do if his movie debut is anything to go on. A great road movie in the tradition of Duel and Breakdown, Hush transforms the rainswept lanes of the M1 into a hellish road to oblivion in which nothing is what it seems.
We caught up with former Radio 1 DJ Mark for a quicky, cheeky yabber about his nifty little shocker.
To read our review of the movie, click here.
Sky Movies: Hush is your first film and you wrote a script with night shoots, rain, and action. Would you do anything differently if you could do it again?
Mark Tonderai: Not really…I did what I could with the limitations I had…your first film is a very expensive calling card and it really announced me to the world.
SM: You’ve said the night shoots were killers. As a director, how did you keep the cast and crew focussed and buoyant?
MK: Everyone was too tired to be buoyant and a professional crew is just that. Professional. We had our fair share of snippers and insidoius folk but you get them everywhere…just make a note not to work with them again! To be fair because we had done so much prep we always had the boards to fall back on.
SM: You’re also working with special FX (back projection, CGI) – how was this?
MK: Sean Whelan at Filmgate is a genius who saved my film by doing work at cost and by doing lots of it at a deadline and always with a smile on his face. Special guy.
SM: You’ve acted in the past, so how did you find directing the actors?
MK: Good actors you don't direct. You just tell 'em when they're going wrong. Good actors just are…as my whole troupe were.
SM: William Ash has to carry the entire movie – what do you think he brought to his character?
MK: Will is one of the finest actors we have in the UK. A brilliant conduit of the truth. (So is Chrissie by the way.) This film would be nothing without eitehr of them. I will always be indebted to them.
SM: Did you shoot on film or HD? What influenced this decision?
MK: HD. It was part of the low budget scheme. Tape meant long takes. A good thing for me.
SM: The film is in the same tradition as Duel, Breakdown, and Road Kill. What new elements do you think you’ve brought to Hush?
MK: The world of toilet postering!
SM: Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring writers / directors?
MK: Know what you want to say. And if you belive it enough…never give up. Ever.
Hush is out now on DVD & Blu-ray.