WFF17 – INTERVIEW WITH GAIL HARVEY – DIRECTOR OF ‘NEVER SAW IT COMING’

Gail Harvey has a 25-year history in the feature film industry with over 40 Director credits.

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DIRECTOR’S BIO:Gail Harvey is an award-winning photographer and film director who has studied under Norman Jewison, Wim Wenders and Arthur Penn, and was the third woman ever hired as a staff photographer at United Press International wire service. Harvey has a 25-year history in the feature film industry with over 40 Director credits.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?
I was inspired by the amazing novel NEVER SAW IT COMING written by my dear friend Linwood Barclay (international best selling novelist). He and I were having dinner in Prince Edward County one night and we were discussing how to get a movie made. He has had many of his world famous novels optioned by Hollywood studios, but none of them had been produced. I asked him if he had a little novel that I could maybe shoot in Canada, and he sent me NEVER SAW IT COMING. I thought it would make a perfect film, a thrilled with many twists and turns and surprises. And a very strong female story. Linwood wrote the screenplay and we were shooting within a year. https://www.linwoodbarclay.com/

WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?
The greatest challenge is always the amount of time you have to shoot, so you have to be incredibly organized and there is no room for error. We shot this film in 13 days. It was also a challenge to get Eric Roberts (who I always wanted for the role of Wendell Garfield) to Sudbury for the shoot, as he was starring in a TV series in Qatar, and only had four days off. After much negotiating with the producers of his TV show with the help of his genius wife Eliza Roberts, we managed to make it work.

WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCES
This film is a chilling story of double-dealing, violence and murder that will keep you on the edge of your seat with a roller coaster ride of the unexpected. It also has black comedy elements. And amazing actors.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?
When I was a child when people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up I would say I wanted to be an artist. I spent much of my time drawing and painting. Then I became fascinated with cameras, and worked as a photojournalist – travelling the world and documenting life. I loved doing photo essays and realized I could tell a story with images. It was a short jump into filmmaking.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?
I am working on various projects in development with my daughter writer/actress/director Katie Boland in our company Straight Shooters. And I will be directing a TV movie in Vancouver in the new year.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?
Never give up – you can’t fail until you quit. Also make a movie. Use your iPhone.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Casablanca, and probably Terms of Endearment. There are so many I love though.

IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Thrilling, intense and funny.

IF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?
Hmmm – that is an interesting question  Maybe Before Sunrise – love that film and the format, and love improvising and I would take this dramatic situation into the real world, shooting with a minimal crew.

WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)
My mentors are my female director friends – I run a lot of things by them, and also the young women I mentor that give me energy, challenges, and new ideas – particularly my daughter Katie Boland.

WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:
– DECEMBER 1, 2017, 8:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 6
– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 4:00 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 7

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SYNOPSIS: Based on a novel by best-selling author Linwood Barclay, this dark comic thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. Emily Hampshire is perfectly cast as con artist Keisha Ceylon. She is suffering through a toxic relationship with an abusive boyfriend and can barely make ends meet. To make money she offers bogus psychic services in missing person cases, pretending to be able to locate the missing child or spouse for a fee. She is not above setting things up with the supposed disappeared person in advance in order to con the parents or spouse out of some hard-earned cash. Unfortunately, she stumbles upon a case involving a rich man named Wendell Garfield (Eric Roberts). When she offers up a few tidbits of info in his missing wife’s case, he freaks out and becomes convinced that the seer knows he has committed a heinous crime. When he comes after her, she instinctively fights back and murders Wendell in self-defence. Much to her amazement, the police don’t seem to suspect her even though she is not that adept at hiding her tracks. She has stumbled upon the fact that offing folks who get in your way is sometimes the most convenient solution, and cops aren’t necessarily that good at identifying the perpetrators. Can this be a way out of her grim domestic situation? This is a very dark comedy, perfectly orchestrated by acclaimed director Gail Harvey, and wonderfully performed by an able cast. Hitchcock would be proud.

CASTING AND CREDITS:
Executive Producer: Jay Firestone, Steven Pasternak, Michael Forsey, Danny Webber

Producers: Marina Cordoni, Gail Harvey, Straight Shooters, Marina Cordoni Entertainment Inc

Cast: Emily Hampshire, Eric Roberts, Katie Boland

Cinematographer: James Griffith

Editing: Jim Munro

Screenplay: Linwood Barclay

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