Written by Luke Barnes
I recently had the chance to interview writer/director Robbie Walsh about his new film The Letters which shows three women from different walks of life be given incorrect cancer diagnosis. We discuss issues of medical failure, injustice
Q: What inspired you to make this film?
A: The film is inspired by actual events happening in Ireland today
Q: What was the message?
A: This happened and continues to.
Q: How do you think this film reflects on society, health care and the experiences of women?
A: I hope we gave a fair and thoughtful representation, and hopefully people who watch will think about change going forward.
Q: Who were your influences?
A: In this film it was, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Fredrico Felini, Jean-luc Goddard, Ben Wheatley.
Q: How did you manage to balance the tone of the film? Bleakness to happier moments and beauty?
A: There aren’t too many happy moments in the film and it is a very tough watch, some of the more delicate shots are based on famous paintings I admire.
Q: Any thoughts for filmmakers looking to get into the industry?
A: Just start! but know the art form and be passionate about it, always remember your love for cinema.
Q: Future projects?
A: Just working on this for the time being, self-distribution takes up a lot of time.
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