Canadian director Bruce Sweeney (Live Bait, Last Wedding) told a Q & A after the Tuesday night TIFF premiere of his latest film, Crimes of Mike Recket, making the neo-noir police prodecural was “a challenge.”
Starring Nicholas Lea (X-Files), the movie is about the downward spiral of failed real-estate agent after he cons an older woman (Gabrielle Rose).
“I wanted to challenge myself and to test myself and to discover, but about a dozen panic attacks in I thought, ‘Why? Why do I have to challenge myself? I’m in my fifth decade. You don’t challenge yourself now. That’s for the young.’ I mean the discoveries in middle age are just unpleasant,” said Sweeney to nervous laughs from the crowd.
“What I discovered is I’m never going to make a police procedural again.”
Lea told the audience the movie was made over 139 weekends, spanning two years in Vancouver and was filmed largely at his house. (It even features a small role by his dog Jimmy.)
Such Vancouver locations as the Endowment Lands and Spanish Banks also figure prominently.
Ultimately, Sweeney said: “You make things that are against your grain, so it’s not always easy, it’s a lot of banging your head against the wall but working with these fabulous actors made it all pretty worthwile.”
Crimes of Mike Recket screens for the public for a second time on Thursday night at 9 p.m at Yonge and Dundas and Sweeney is talking with “niche distributors, very good ones,” so that it has life beyond TIFF.
“Oh, it’ll die a quick death,” he joked of the film which he budgeted at $40,000. “I’d like to be more optimistic. It’s not the greatest landscape for indie films.”