Samuel Pinczewski was kind enough to answer some of my questions, and he'll share a bit more later. If you'd like to ask something too, send me your questions! Post them as comments or send me a tweet.
Read about the film, Sam and the writer/director James Rabbitts, and their new project after the jump!
- Hi Sam, thank you for answering a few questions for us.
- Hi William, I just got back from overseas, so a bit jet lagged.. I will write more later.
- What is the difference between the Unrated and the Rated version of The Clinic? Was the first one released in Australia and Europe?
- Yes, the Unrated version is the full version that has been released elsewhere, the other was a decision by the US distributor to make it more "family friendly", unfortunately not much we can really do as of course we like the full version we made! But if more people see the film we are happy.
- Amazon isn't listing any bonus features on the US releases. Are they lagging behind or we won't see extra content on those DVDs either?
- As this was quite a low budget film there aren't really any extras, we have some little things and a short film but it is up to each region if they feel they can justify the extra cost in making these special features.
- Any hope for the soundtrack to be released some day?
- Again, on a small film it is unlikely anyone will wear the expense of releasing a soundtrack, we do have all the pieces of music but it would need to be mastered to a disc for retail.
- Sorry to hear that, although it makes sense. But hope dies last, so we'll keep our fingers crossed. Do you have news about the film being released in other countries?
- A deal has been made for the UK release so that should happen not too much after the US. Amongst others Italy will also be releasing it.
- Let's talk about something else. Could you tell us about how The Clinic was born, and how you and James started working together?
- James and I met at TAFE (Technical Collage) after school, there we studied Film & TV, everything from Cinematography, editing to sound post and music production I had also done a little finance at Uni prior to TAFE. After that we worked in commercials to pay for our short films (and to eat), we made music videos and shorts while making commercials for about 8 years, James was always a writer and had some big budget scripts, a little too big for us starting out, so The Clinic was written as something we could make. So I raised the finance and we did it, so far so good. We learnt a lot on The Clinic and are very pleased with how it turned out, especially for the money we had to make it!
- And rightly so, it's a really great film! How is your next project, The Aurora Stone doing?
- We are looking to film in the next 6-10 months (we have some trouble with the heat of the Australian summer that will delay us!). We are in the process of casting which can also take some time. We are really excited about The Aurora Stone, it's going to be a lot of fun!
I hope this answers some questions, please keep in contact, it is always a pleasure to hear from you.
As always thank you for everything you have done to help us!
- It did, thank you very much for taking the time, especially after a long flight! And it's my pleasure, I do what (little) I can to support Tabrett and her films. Thank you very much for an exciting and at times heart wrenching film!
Please note, the original format was an e-mail, so I had to edit the text a little bit, but only to fit the answers into this format, I didn't change the words.
You can find every important link for The Clinic on the left side.