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Q&A with Mia’kate Russell, Director of “Maggie May”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
I really got into ‘The Invisible Man’ in a big way. There’s something so satisfying watching a narcissistic gas lighter get what’s coming to them, like a cutthroat. Also, Elizabeth Moss portrayed what so many victims have gone through to perfection.

You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I’m not sure I believe in bad ideas. I think any idea can be a spark for another, and any idea manipulated can become great if you’re willing to spend time with it.
I’m working on a script now that I first had the idea for 6 years ago. I couldn’t get it to work two times i sat down to tackle it. Now on my 3rd attempt I’m looking at the story from a completely different angle and it’s finally getting there.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Absolutely. The horror community is one of the most supportive there is. Horror gals and geek boys in film T-Shirts totally have my heart. The community in Melbourne is so supportive and considering we all get off on the darker side of film, it’s kind of ironic that they’re the biggest bunch of sweethearts.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I’m constantly looking at art, and also reading the daily news, with a healthy obsession with true crime. I think the combination of the three mixing in my head, keeping me awake most nights, give birth to my 3am dark thoughts which become film ideas.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
In “Maggie May” I’d be running out the back door and dialing 000. That woman’s nuts.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
This is such a fun question. I’d definitely have Annie Wilkes from “Misery” with her hammer, and Harley Quinn, because she’s so hot and fun to watch. Fiona Goode from “Coven”, and Marie from “High Tension”. The hot don’t mess with these ladies squad.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy
Stephen King
Practical
Pre Apocalypse

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
I know it does, but I never realize it till after the fact. And then it’s glaringly obvious.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
My all-time favorite film I’ve seen a hundred times is JAWS. It’s just perfect storytelling, and I haven’t swum in the ocean since. That’s some great directing.