Interview with Filmmaker Mike Callaghan (HOLE)

HOLE was the winner of Best Cinematography and Best Musical Score at the April FEEDBACK Film Festival. It’s a triumph of a short film starring James Cosmo & Daniela Nardini. 

I recently chatted with director Mike Callaghan to chat about this film and his career as a director: 

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Mike Callaghan: My previous film had been a plot light chase film and it felt quite slight. Over the course of editing it I felt that I wanted to do something a bit more substantial that allowed me to do as much as I could in terms of story and character in a 20 minute thriller. I also wanted to make a film that reflected the films I love like westerns and thrillers and hopefully I was able to do that.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

MC: Approximately 3 years

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

MC: Twisty thriller

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

MC: Money

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

MC: I was excited to see the what an audience made of it. You make a film for people to watch and enjoy and it was great to see that your audience responded so well to it. It’s a great idea to do these videos.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of HOLE:

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

MC: It started with a nugget of an idea which was just someone confronting another person who thought they’d killed them. I just started spitballing ideas out of that and it eventually became the film you’ve seen. It’s difficult to describe the process beyond that, it certainly didn’t come fully formed it required a lot of sweat to make it something worth making.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

MC: I was a Star Wars kid, so by quite a long stretch that wins.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

MC: I’m working on a couple of feature scripts, one of them and expansion of Hole and the other a horror which I’m quite excited about. Hopefully I can get one of those up and running soon, as it’d be great to be behind the camera again.



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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