TR Interview: John Jarratt, Wolf Creek 2's Maniacal Mick Taylor

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

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LYT: Did you know all the answers to the Australian history trivia questions before you did them?

JJ: I had a - not specific numbers, I'm never good with dates. I'm flat out remembering my kids' birthdays. But I was aware of most of it, yeah.

LYT: So if you were in the same situation...

JJ: I'd lose all my fingers. I wouldn't be able to be specific.

LYT: Dates and numbers always trip you up.

JJ: Yeah.

LYT: Is this a sort of indefinite series? Do you plan to make more as long as they do well?

JJ: As long as you guys go out there and buy the VODs and don't pirate the bloody thing, we might make some money out of it, and then we'll do a third. But if you go out there, and everyone in the world keeps pirating our movies and trying to destroy the film industry, then maybe not.

LYT: Well, we certainly don't want that.

JJ: No, but that doesn't seem to stop anyone. If you could download a BMW, they'd soon stop it!

LYT: Well, with 3-D printing, you never know. We could get there.

JJ: Hmm!

LYT: You worked with Mel Gibson way back when, right?

JJ: Yeah.

LYT: Do you get a sense - do you just know with people like that that they are going to be big, or did you have no idea?

JJ: I just knew him and his best mate, Steve Bisley, who didn't make it big, but he's every bit as good an actor as Mel. I knew that they were good actors. They were still NIDA students, and I lived around the corner from them, and I was pretty well known in those days. I did Picnic at Hanging Rock at that stage. I cast them in a movie during the drama school holiday, because I saw them onstage and I thought "These guys are amazing!" I knew they were good actors. But, you know, I'm a good actor too. It took me a bloody long time to crack it.

LYT: Well, Picnic at Hanging Rock, right off that bat - that's a great gig. That's a classic right there.

JJ: Yeah, I know. But Mel had a dream ride. He had Mad Max 1, 2, 3, Gallipoli, Year of Living Dangerously - just one of those dream rides.

LYT: What's coming up next for you? What can we look forward to?

JJ: I've just directed and acted in a film my own company has put together called StalkHer, and it's a two-hander - it's kind of a cross between Misery and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It's called StalkHer, and the by-line is "He chased her until she caught him," and it'll be in cinemas in Australia in October or February - one or the other.

LYT: Any word on US distribution?

JJ: No, we'll flog it in Australia first, try to get a good news story happening, and take it from there.

LYT: Well, John, thank you very much. Like I said, I enjoyed this one and I do hope you keep making them.

JJ: So do I, mate!

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