Publishing industry in a mess, says Harvey
“I didn’t have to perform like a trained monkey,” he said. “I just had to sit in a seat and watch what I had already done and hope the popcorn didn’t hit the back of my head. Plus, the event sold out, which helped.”
Harvey’s already moved on to more films. He recently wrapped up “ Confession,” shot in sequence in just one day on Super 8mm film and edited in-camera. The film was shot in the Basilica, parking lots and stores without any permission, in a get-in-and-get-out style.
“ We only had one confrontation, at a supermarket chain, when the assistant manager came over and asked us what we were doing. With camera in hand, I reassured him that we were up to nothing important, that we would be done in a few minutes and be gone. He kindly let us get on with our business and walked off, only to spin around in horror when the lead actress, my eldest daughter Katie, swiped a long row of bags of candy off a shelf onto the floor. It was the shot I needed. What could I do? I guess I’ll have to go to confession on Sunday.”
“It’s a Girl,” about a baby that goes over a cliff in a crib, is a “creepy little film” shot in black and white, Harvey said, meant to be a companion to his latest novel, “ Reinventing the Rose.” That book, which hit local bookstores around the middle of June, was first published in Russia last year, and quickly became a bestseller.
Part emotional thriller and part legal drama, the novel follows Anna, a St. John’s artist, in a battle against her gynecologist boyfriend, Kevin. Once Anna discovers she’s pregnant, Kevin takes legal action against her, seeking the termination of the embryo as a “return of property.”
When asked his personal view on abortion, Harvey, who wrote two different endings for the book (and designed the cover), said he “stands for what is right for the individual.” “Either decision lingers,” he said. “Reinventing the Rose” is published by Dundurn Press.