If you could replace the lead role of your film with a cartoon character, which character would it be and why?
The Tazmanian Devil because he can express so much without being able to string a sentence together.
Who is your superhero in the film industry? And what is their creative superhuman skill that you would like to have?
Good Production Managers are my superheros. Their ability to make the whole crazy circus work constantly leaves me amazed. That is a skill I would love to have.
If you can create an Avengers Team with any other film-makers who would they be and why?
Lynne Ramsay, because you don’t mess with Lynne Ramsay. Stanley Kubrick, who would control everything from his secret underground bunker Werner Herzog, because he is ruthless. Also he could provide an amazing narration. David Lynch, for his transcendental powers. Woody Allen, because the world is crying out for a Woody Allen superhero movie.
If you could be reincarnated into any late film-maker who would you choose?
Who would play the lead role if you were to ever create an autobiographical piece abou yourself?
Pam Grier, she would nail it.
Fiction or Non-Fiction what is your favourite book title?
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
How did you become a director/producer?
I started directing films. I’m not being glib, that is how to get started.
What advice would you give to aspiring film makers?
Make films. The process is littered with pitfalls and the likelihood is that you will crash into most of them so it is best to get as many mistakes out of the way as quickly as possible. Maybe the first film won’t be everything you hoped but the next one will be better for it… and the next one and the next one after that.
What is in store for you after BUFF?
Development, mainly. I have a lot of projects on the go at any one time. Some may come off others may fall by the wayside and it is sometimes difficult to know which is which. Also building my production company; Johnny Favourite, the business side of that is a constant source of new challenges.
Edmund Swaybey’s film, Echo Road, is screening at #BUFF2014 #TEAMBUFFasks