Following up from last month’s review of new British comedy Dusty and Me, we caught up with the film’s producer Barry Filby (Game of Death, Wake of Death) for a quick chat about the art of production and his new movie.

How did you get into producing? 

I was providing film insurance and acting as a broker for a completion guarantor and it seemed a natural progression to raise money and produce the odd film or help others produce. Producing is usually a collaboration between lots of people and expertise from different areas.

How do you decide on what films to get involved with? What is it that piques your interest? 

I am a completion guarantor first and foremost, and producing has taken a back seat, however I like clever thrillers or light-hearted comedy, but those scripts are hard to find. Traditionally, there has been demand for action, and there still is at the top end, but for small independent filmmakers, it’s cheaper to make horror or sci-fi.

What do you think is the most important part of being a movie producer?

Be patient and take your time planning. It can take years to produce a good film. Make sure you find the right script and get a varied cast that gel well.

Dusty and Me seems to be quite a change from the films you’ve so far been involved in, what was it that grabbed your attention? 

It’s the kind of film I’ve been wanting to make for a long time, but as I said, it’s hard to find the money for this type of film and I was in the right place at the right time. We managed to get a brilliant cast together and had a lot of fun with the filming.

Have you got any advice for movie makers in regard to getting their film financed and made?

It’s all about the right script and the cast- if you can attach a quality cast to the script you can find the money.

Have you any upcoming plans? 

Yes, I’ve got some exciting projects in the pipeline. To be continued…

By Colin Lomas

I first watched The Company of Wolves at the age of 8. It gave me a lifelong love of the cinema and an utter terror of everything else.