IFA# 58: Making The Cult Post-Apocalyptic Indie Film Wyrmwood with Kiah Roache-Turner

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If you’ve listened to the show, you will know that I’m a huge Mad Max fan. So when I saw the poster for Kiah Roache-Turner’s Wyrmwood, I instantly knew it was something I needed to see. And even though the film didn’t have anywhere near the budget of Max, I really enjoyed it.

Later, I would see Wyrmwood around. It would always be included on top 10 lists of Apocalypse movies. In fact a lot of the time I wouldn’t remember the name of the film, but that image was etched into my memory.

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As many of you know, I am in the development phases of my own Post Apocalyptic film. An although Wyrmwood couldn’t be more different then the story I am working on, there are a lot of things that I wanted to know about how the film came together. After doing some research, I discovered a number of interesting facts about the film’s production. One thing that really jumped out at me was that the film took literally 3 years to make. Although the film does have exceptional costume design and a number of stunts that required true pros, for the most part the filmmakers treated Wyrmwood as kind of a weeking project, filming it slowly whenever they could put together a scene. In fact, the film took so long that many of the people who they started with eventually dropped out. Kiah mentioned that they had to even kill off one of the main actors because he simply didn’t want to do it anymore.

In the end, one of the best pieces of advice that Kiah gave me and that all filmmakers can learn from is this. Don’t give up. Even if it takes a long time to get it done. Keep going and make sure your film gets done.

 

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