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Welcome to “8 Questions with……”
I love the United Kingdom when it comes to talking with actors,actresses and directors. From Darren James King to Kelly Goudie,I admire them quite a bit,even the one actress who turned out batshit crazy,I love talking to them. They have such a different perspective on the business and how they approach their craft. There seems a little more joy in the art of film making in the UK which I will admit confounds me since there isn’t nearly the amount of productions compared here in the US. You would think its more of a dog-eat-dog world in the UK when it comes to getting parts and jobs but I have never really sensed that and that holds court when I was talking with our guest,Hannah Paterson.
Hannah was one of the actresses who responded when I went looking for interviews to celebrate Women in Horror Month. I found Hannah to be quite charming and delightful as we talked about her new film “I Scream At The Beach!”,a horror-comedy that just dropped on theater screens. This will be Hannah’s big screen debut but the lady has been working for over 20 years at her craft….in other words,she’ll probably going to kick ass in “Beach”. I am very pleased that Hannah agreed to do this interview and actually,I am grateful to all my UK guests who have taken the time to chat with a small blog based in SE Michigan. So let me get out of the way so Hannah can answer her 8 Questions…..
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your current project.
My name is Hannah Paterson and I live on the south east coast of the UK. I played the lead role of Emily in “I Scream on the Beach!” which had its world premiere recently at the Horror on Sea Film Festival and is playing at some other festivals throughout the year. The film is a comedy horror that plays tribute to the slasher films of the 80’s. The plot revolves around my character trying to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, while all around her, her friends are being killed off.
When did you decide you wanted to become an actress and and why? How did you start your journey to your goal?
I’ve always taken part in drama and acting classes, I was a member of the same youth theatre for 20 years and studied drama at university. I used to put on plays at home with my sister and cousins, and always made sure I had a leading role in them! I love the idea of being able to be someone different every time and bringing life to different characters. I recently came back to acting after a little while away, and I must confess I’d forgotten how much I love it!
How hard is it to find quality projects in the UK? How would you describe the movie making business right now?
All my training is theatre based, and that is where all my previous work has been. I Scream on the Beach! is my first screen project. I think there is a wealth of quality projects in the UK at the moment, particularly within the micro budget horror industry. A lot of the films shown at Horror on Sea were micro budget, and it showed what amazing work can be done with little to no money.
What three things do you like about horror films?
I like being scared! I don’t have a particular favourite sub-genre of horror, just as long as I get at least one decent scare. I think it’s either important to have characters you want to follow or, if it’s a comedy-horror like ours then perhaps characters you can laugh at/with and generally I just like how the genre can be quite broad – you can really take any genre and add horror to it.
I love how any setting can be a horror film. Be it your classic haunted house, spooky carnival or something a bit more left of field like an office building.
What are three big differences between shooting a straight drama/comedy and a horror film? Do you prepare differently for your roles?
Our film was comedy/horror but we tried (for the most part) to play it fairly straight – even though it’s pretty ridiculous in every single way. I guess you’re less likely to get covered in blood in a drama or straight comedy – I was very stained after making I Scream… I also imagine you wouldn’t have to do quite so much running and screaming in a straight drama film. That would have made Dirty Dancing a rather different film!
Another thing that is definitely different is that you wont be acting against a hoard of mutant donuts or a killer trouser press in a drama film. Horror is just such a diverse genre it wouldn’t be totally unexpected!
Have you been “killed” onscreen and what was the experience like? Are there any roles you would pass on due to subject matter or are you game for anything?
I haven’t been killed on screen, but I would definitely like to be! I was on set for most of the screen deaths in I Scream on the Beach! and it looked like so much fun! I do get quite a lot of on-screen injuries including (spoilers) getting stabbed with a pencil, strangled and having my achillies tendon ripped out… I don’t think there are any roles I’d pass on, I’m pretty game for anything! It would be great to play something completely different to myself, which is something I’d like to do in future projects.
What scares you?
Clowns and people in masks or costumes freak me out a fair bit. I’m deathly afraid of the dentist, and I’m not massively keen on spiders. Despite sounding like a massive wimp though I still can’t get enough horror!
Which three directors would you like to work with and why?
This is a hard one! I’d love to get on the set of something by Mike Flanagan, Jordan Peele or Michael Dougherty – I would happily just be in the background drinking coffee or something mundane. There’s a bunch of micro-budget directors that I’d love to work with though – most of whom had work shown at Horror on Sea. Three to definitely check out, and who I’d LOVE to work with are Michael Fausti, MJ Dixon and Tommy Lee Rutter.
What three things about you would surprise people you know?
I know all the lyrics to the musical Hamilton, I could be off book tomorrow if I was cast.
My favourite author is Stephen King
I really, really like Christmas themed horrors (Michael Dougherty’s Krampus is a favourite of mine)
The cheetah and I are flying over to watch your latest film but we are a day early and now you are playing tour guide,what are we doing?
Well first of all I’d take you to the seaside and serve you the classic British favourite fish and chips. My town is a traditional British seaside town so it has all the attractions. After we could talk a walk on the longest pleasure pier in the world! Or if that wasn’t your thing we could do a location tour of I Scream on the Beach! which was all shot in my hometown. A trip to Canewdon might be in order which is reported to be the most haunted place in the UK and a hotbed for witchcraft in the 16th century. We’d finish the night by going to a local independent cinema which shows cult horror films once a month.
I like to thank Hannah for taking the time to do this interview with me. Needless to say I will be keeping a sharp eye out for “I Scream At the Beach!” so I can review it and share my (and Paladin) thoughts on it. It sounds like a lot of fun,doesn’t it??
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