03rd Jan2018

Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: Actor Andrew Dawe-Collins talks ‘Pitchfork’

by Philip Rogers

With the new slasher-style horror Pitchfork selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask actor Andrew Dawe-Collins about what makes the film stand out in the genre, preparing for the role of Ben Holister Sr. / Pa and his favourite scenes in the movie.


What can we expect from the film Pitchfork?

A cool, modern day slasher that pays tribute to the 80’s slasher films that writer, director, Glenn Douglas Packard grew up on. His love for the genre is easy to see in this film. But he also does a great job of giving us a fresher take on what a slasher film HERO is. Surprises a plenty in this film!

Can you tell me a little bit about your character?

Ben Holister Sr. or Pa, as he is referred to throughout the film. He’s a creep and nowhere near as bright as he thinks he is. A bully always trying to prove he is the man in charge.

How did you become involved in the film?

I answered a casting call on a site called Backstage.com. It’s a pay site but I was looking to go from small time indy projects to something a little bit more polished. The character fit my age range and sorta fit my physical description…cept, I think I am a bit more unique looking than even Glenn had imagined. Anyway, I got a response from Glenn and I sent in an audition tape, talked a few more time with him and eventually landed the role. It has been an amazing journey since then.

What preparation did you do to play such an intense character?

I love the horror genre, it is one of my favourite film genres. This character was a chance to play a major role in a film genre I loved so I was taking this seriously! Before we all got together for our first full cast read though I had a chance to sit down with the other characters who were in my Pitchfork film family, Rachel Carter ‘MA’ and Daniel Wilkinson ‘Ben Jr’. We spent hours talking, creating our family history and how we functioned as an extremely dysfunctional family. I just built on it from there. Knowing who I was and how I became Ben Sr. helped me with each and every scene.

What was it like working on the set of Pitchfork?

Amazing! As an actor I learned so much about my craft by working with this group of incredible actors!  On set it was a very professional atmosphere but also mixed with a ton of fun. Our scenes were so intense, long shooting days, very emotional, very hot, Michigan summers can be so hot and humid, and we had both. But what surprised me was how quickly after Glenn would wrap for the day, the entire place would just transform into a Northern Michigan summer night. Friends and family, sitting around a relaxing campfire, chowing down on hotdogs and burgers. Having a few beers and sharing stories. People from all over the country just naturally slipping into a Northern Michigan summer lifestyle, then, one by one drifting off to our rooms to get a few hours rest and prepare for the next day.

What do you think makes Pitchfork stand out in the slasher genre?

It really challenges some stereo types. What really makes a family a family? What really makes a hero a HERO. You just might rethink both after watching Pitchfork. All the characters are so rich and Glenn gives each and every one of them a chance to shine.

What was your favourite scene to film in the movie?

The kitchen scene was easily the most fun! As you watch the film, you see some disturbing a scary stuff…but you ain’t seen disturbing and scary until you see Ma walk out into that kitchen. But my personal favourites were for sure the basement scenes. So much great character interactions, so intense and unexpected. And Ma’s green grass and brown earth monologue is brilliant!

Do you have any other projects which you are working on at the moment?

I just wrapped my scenes as Cal in a very promising feature film. A Detroit based crime/thriller/horror film called Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge. Based on the Detroit urban legend of The Naine Rouge which goes all the way back to the days of the French occupation of Detroit and the native American curse they called the Naine Rouge. It has an amazing cast, local talent and some international talent as well. This was my second time working with an Emmy nominated director, Sam Logan Khaleghi! Sam is brilliant and everything he does is simply fantastic. Watch for this in 2018 I promise you will love it. Seriously, keep an eye on this film, it is going to be special.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get into acting?

WORK ON YOUR CRAFT! In Detroit we have a saying, “Detroit, we hustle harder.” If you are serious about acting then get your ass out there and hustle up some auditions, if you get auditions you get gigs, plain and simple. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zones. Don’t be discouraged by the tremendous amount of rejections you will receive. Learn what you can and then move forward, it does zero amount of good to dwell on it. Always move forward, attack this with a positive mind set and just like me you will discover that you are having the most wonderful time of your life. I love this!

Pitchfork will be playing at the Horror-on-Sea Festival on Friday 19th January at 12:30pm. You can also read our interview with Pitchfork director Glenn Douglas Packard right here.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets for the Horror-on-Sea please see the website for details:  https://www.horror-on-sea.com


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