Di­rec­tor’s search for another hit

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Ju­lian Wright

THERE was a time when fol­low­ing up a box of­fice smash hit with a home en­ter­tain­ment re­lease equalled ca­reer sui­cide.

But Red Dog di­rec­tor Kriv Sten­ders said he was just giv­ing the au­di­ence what it wanted by re­leas­ing his latest black com­edy Kill Me Three Times on Dig­i­tal, Blu Ray and DVD in Aus­tralia this month and on Net­flix in Amer­ica.

“To me it’s in­evitable, it’s part of the evo­lu­tion of cin­ema and cin­ema is not en­tirely about a screen in a big room be­cause there’s noth­ing more de­press­ing than go­ing to a movie, pay­ing for a ticket and there be­ing five peo­ple,” he said.

“That’s not a cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence, that’s a de­press­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I think as a film­maker you have to re­ally re­verse engi­neer and adapt to the au­di­ence.

“I think as film­mak­ers we have to evolve and ob­vi­ously for our egos we would love to see our films in big cine­mas packed to the brim with peo­ple clap­ping and cheer­ing and laugh­ing and cry­ing but that is not an eco­nom­i­cal or phys­i­cal re­al­ity right now.

“This film is meant for a big au­di­ence and the irony is that the film is al­ready be­ing seen by a much big­ger au­di­ence than if it was re­leased theatrically.”

Kill Me Three Times, star­ring Si­mon Pegg and filmed in Lancelin and Mar­garet River, is a twisty, blood-spat­tered dark com­edy about a hitman who finds him­self caught in the mid­dle of three tales of mur­der, black­mail and re­venge; a far cry from the heart-warm­ing tear-jerker Red Dog.

Sten­ders said the change of pace was a chance to stretch and chal­lenge him­self as a film­maker.

“Red Dog did very well and I had a lot of of­fers af­ter that film, of­fers of dog movies, strange that, but ob­vi­ously I didn’t want to re­peat my­self and there was noth­ing re­ally that was leap­ing at me,” he said.

“I think I love all kinds of movies and mak­ing all kinds of movies and my am­bi­tion is to have a var­ied ca­reer.

“So when I weighed it all up, and against the projects I was do­ing, I went ‘This is ex­actly what I should be do­ing’.”

Kill Me Three Times di­rec­tor Kriv Sten­ders on set.

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