Tonight at the LSPU Hall, we’ll be screening Kathy, a short film directed by Mark O’Brien, written by Emily Bridger and produced by Shannon Hawes. I caught up with Mark to ask him about his film.
So, tell me how this film came together.
Emily Bridger had written the script a couple of years ago, and then we heard about NIFCO’s Picture Start program, and we saw how good the films were that were coming out of that. So we asked Shannon Hawes, a good friend of mine, to be our producer and we applied to the program. We worked on the script for a long time.
What was it about this film, a film about teenage girls in junior high, that drew you in?
I really liked the way it was written. It has this space to it – but regardless of who it’s about, it’s really about being your own person and how the actions of other people affect who you are, and how you look at yourself and who you want to be. I think it just sort of happened to be painted in this whole world of young girls in junior high.
I find that world interesting, though, I grew up with three older sisietsr and I grew with that kind of thing.
But ultimately, I think that the relationship that the young girls have with another in the film parallels the relationships we have with each other at any age. People will always try to emulate, and people will always do things that will affect how you act yourself.
I thought it was really neat how the characters switched at the end – the narrator winds up being the bitch at that moment.
Yeah. She tries to be something she’s not and by doing that she ends up confusing herself and then hating Kathy even more. And Kathy rejects her for being that and, in a way, Kathy is trying to point out that that’s not the way Kathy is, that’s not who she actually is.
How long did you guys work on the film?
Holy God – all together it was, like, a year, but it’s different because we went through the Picture Start program which takes you step by step, and you’re relying on the schedules of people who came in to help us out throughout the program. There were also two other Picture Start films being made so we had to accommodate there.
Actually, I think that ended up being a great thing because I like to move really fast and this gave me time to really look at everything, which you need to do.
What do you hope people get from this movie?
All I care is that people think about it after they leave. I’d like it to resonate after they leave. I think the film has a bit of ambiguity to it, and I think that’s a good thing – I don’t want anyone to think one thing, I think it’s more interesting if everyone has their own ideas about it, their own interpretations.