An Interview With Rollo Wenlock: Erotic Filmmaker and GV IXFF Finalist
The Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Fest is getting closer! Are you as excited as we are? Let’s get things rolling and find out what filmmaker Rollo Wenlock said about his movie 30 Love. It’s one of the finalists that’ll be shown at the Castro Theater on September 22. Get your ticket here!
How did you find out about the GV Indie Erotic Film Fest?
I was approached by the festival to enter.
Tell us a bit about your film. What’s it about? And what inspired you to create it?
30 love is about a guy and a girl finding each other in the strangest of ways. I was walking past a tennis court one day and could hear, but not see, a couple of girls playing tennis. The grunts and shouts sounded a little like sex, thus the idea was born.
Seven minutes or less is a pretty tight limit. What are some of the challenges in creating a short erotic film?
A challenge is keeping the story tight and controlled, not going on a tangent and keeping everything happening in the shortest time manageable. I quite like the shorter short film format, and think a lot of shorts could benefit from being shortened to under 7 mins!
What’s your background in film or in making erotic films? How does making an erotic film differ from making a non-erotic one?
I’ve been making any kinds of films since my teens. I work commercially directing TV spots and doing music videos. I don’t see a difference in making an erotic film, or making any other kind of film, unless the erotic film was pornographic and its aim was to enhance sex. All films are sequences of moments.
What do you hope audiences will get from your work?
I hope they will laugh and feel something new about that feeling you get when you meet someone new.
Who are your performers, and how did you meet them/invite them to participate?
The lead actor I saw playing in a band the night i’d written the script. I asked him if he’d be keen to be in a short and he nodded. Then we shot it two days later. The girl is a friend of the cameraman (Charlie Bleakley) I used.
Were there any funny or unexpected moments while filming?
We had to record the guy and girl faking an orgasm at the tennis court and other people playing shouted ‘shut the fuck up’.
What advice would you give to first-time erotic filmmakers, or filmmakers in general?
First time filmmakers should not worry about being really good! I see a lot of people stop making work because they get discouraged by comparing their work to Kubrick, or other great filmmakers. Just keep going, its always little steps forward…
How does your film reflect your views on sex? Did you discover anything interesting or surprising in the process of making the film?
I don’t think it reflects my views on sex, as the film doesn’t really have a view point on it. I suppose it shows a point of view on masturbation.
What projects are you working on now/next?
I live in New Zealand and have just finished the edit on my upcoming film A Bend in the Road a short with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, that will be completed in Decemeber and then entered into festivals. Its about a country teen who gets in with the wrong crowd and has to fight his way out. I’m also doing the finishing touches to another short script ‘Burn the Farm’ about an ailing farmer that must convince his daughter to take on the farm, and come out about his homosexual love life or lose his partner.