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Interview: Katie Bonham (Women In Horror & Film) (February 2016)

Katie Bonham - writer, director and assistant director.
Katie Bonham is a new face on the scene, but no stranger to horror! Her short film, Mindless went to Glasgow Frightfest in 2016 - it stars Nicholas Vince from Hellraiser (1987) and Nightbreed (1990).

How do you feel about Women in Horror Month?

Women in Horror month is a great opportunity to support and showcase female creatives' work, as it highlights the issues of equality in the film industry. It is our responsibility to raise awareness and show that our contributions to film are above gender; instead, talent and integrity should be at the forefront of what we create. It is important that we join forces to promote women in horror in all departments - whether it be DOP's, directors, gaffers, etc, there are so many talented people filling these roles who need the opportunity and support from their peers in order to pursue a career in their chosen field. There are various prejudices permeating the industry and so I feel it's important we address inequality as the primary source of injustice.

Tell me about your first Horror Short?

Doll was my first short, shot over a single day in my hometown in Kent. We had a minimal cast and crew comprising of five in total; the script was only a few pages so I decided to keep it as low-key as possible. It was my introduction to filmmaking and centers around a little girl who likes to make voodoo dolls. I learnt so much from the process of creating this debut that it really sparked my passion for directing.

What is Mindless about?

Mindless is about a middle aged man, Peter (Nicholas Vince, Hellraiser, Nightbreed), who is suffering from a form of memory loss. He is visited daily by his home carer, Judy, who finds the house in complete disarray day after day. Judy, concerned for his health, questions Peter, who denies responsibility, blaming it on someone else. Is this Peter's cry for help or something more sinister?

Are you happy that Mindless went to Glasgow Frightfest?

Of course. Frightfest Glasgow was the festival I was aiming for and this will be the second year in a row that I have held a World Premiere here, so it's pretty awesome to be back. I have attended Frightfest for years now and it's always a great feeling to be sat in a crowd of friends and see your work on the big screen; although, it can also be pretty nerve wracking showcasing to such die-hard horror fans.

What does the future hold for Katie Bonham as a film-maker?
I have just completed writing a horror fantasy feature, which I plan to shoot this year in the UK and Norway.


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