Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Press conference transcript with Jules Stewart & Tom Wright at the Torino Film Festival

Sunday 25 November, 12:30 pm, Xkè
Confidential Report

K-11. Press conference with Jules Stewart (director) and Tom Wright Jr.

A different prison movie

Jules Stewart: To make this movie, I wanted to use a place that really exists in Los
Angeles; not a prison per se but a temporary detention center for people awaiting trial.
We shot in an abandoned penitentiary from the ‘50s, just like the one referred to in the

Goran Visnjic, the protagonist

Jules Stewart: The choice for the leading actor fell on Goran because he’s absolutely
perfect to play the role of a good-looking, heterosexual European man, who finds himself
relegated to a place alien to him. In other words, we needed an actor that seemed
innocent at a first glance and who looked uncomfortable in the surrounding

Tom Wright Jr.: Goran was perfect for the role, maybe because he was searching for
a character like that to play. He felt imprisoned in the role of Luka Kovac, which he
successfully played in E.R., so he was able to give his best for this new part.

A difficult movie

Tom Wright Jr.: I’ve been working as a producer for over twenty years and I’ve
noticed that, as time goes by, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make movies. I’m not
just referring to finding the funds, but to all the various production phases. It’s not
surprising if Jules, when she was shooting, would often tell me she felt relieved by my
presence, seeing in me a sort of protection from all the problems that were surrounding
us. I must say, however, that were able to rely on a network of longstanding
acquaintances: we share a reciprocal respect with each other, and they was very helpful,
also because they believe in us. It’s the same feelings that motivated me and Jules, and
we’ve worked with each other for decades!

A family on set

Jules Stewart: My son Cameron plays a small role in the films; it’s his debut as an
actor. I have to say I am really happy with his performance: we supported each other on
set, and the results were excellent.

A debut in its own way

Jules Stewart: I decided to make my debut with a film like this because I really enjoyed
the story from the very beginning: it seemed unique in its originality.

Casting the women

Jules Stewart: Mousey’s role was the first one we cast. When Kate del Castilo came to
me, I immediately realized she would be perfect for the part. As for the one other two
women in the movie, we had to search a little longer: it wasn’t hard, but it did take us
more time.

Petty criminals and fish out of water

Tom Wright Jr.: K-11 is more than a movie about transvestites or gender issues. It’s a
portrait of a very confined place where many petty criminals live cloistered; they are
described as realistically as possible, along with their feelings and events. A fundamental
component is also Raymond’s condition: the protagonist finds himself catapulted in a
world where he feels like a fish out of water.

Audio: Jules Stewart's 'Hollywood Party' interview (RadioRai, Italy)

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Jules is introduced in the beginning of the podcast, then the interview restarts at around 7mins with the host speaking in Italian and you then hear Jules again at around 7.45mins.

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Video: Jules Stewart presenting K-11 at the Torino Film Festival

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Video: Jules Stewart's interview with Scena Madre (Italy)

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Audio: Jules Stewart's interview with FRED (Italy)

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Jules Stewart & Tom Wright at the K-11 Photocall in Torino Film Festival

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Photos of Kate del Castillo at the campaign launch Against Trafficking in Indigenous Languages (Mexico)

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For more details on the National Commission on Human Rights, Mexico (Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, CNDH) go here.

TFF30, the film of the day: "K11" Jules Stewart (La Stampa, Italy)

Google translated, with some editing to correct grammar.

One of the curiosities of the Turin Film Festival this year includes the presence of Jules Stewart, mother to Kristen, the star of "Twilight." Under the tattooed lady with years of experience in the supervision of screenplays in Hollywood, is to accompany her directorial debut "K11", a transgressive film with an unusual story: starts when a record producer, after a night of debauchery, is found in the wing designed for transgenders, pedophiles within the maximum-security prison in Los Angeles.

The record producer is Goran Visnijc, an actor of Croatian origin emerged from obscurity years ago for being chosen as a replacement for George Clooney in the television series high audience "ER." At his side includes Kate Del Castillo, Portia Doubleday and DB Sweeney.

"Casting - said the director - was the most important moment of realization for me was that ninety-nine point nine percent of the film. I was very careful to find people who were not cowed by topics, because if you're scared by the argument is as if you shrink from giving a good interpretation. They, however, were great: I love my cast."

New still of Kate del Castillo (Mousey) & Goran Visnjic (Raymond Saxx)


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