Interview with director Patrik Bergh (THE APOLOGY)

Patrik Bergh’s short film THE APOLOGY played to rave reviews at the October 2016 Action/Crime FEEDBACK Film Festival. His film is a perfectly executed short with a great twist, some thrills, and some great laughs. It’s simply what a short film is all about.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Patrik Bergh: An image of an old man sitting alone in a restaurant looking out the window motivated me to write the script. I was curious as to who or what he could be waiting for. Once the script was finished I showed it to my producer and he was very keen for us to do it. I wanted to make a film that was very simple and stripped back. And I wanted to work closely on the characters and the performances.

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

PB: Well over a year unfortunately! As with most low-budget project you rely on generous favours and for us it took a long time to get the edit done and the explosion FX shot.

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

PB: Wet and moody!

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

PB: Getting the FX explosion shot done.

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

PB: To be honest they didn’t say much! Perhaps they didn’t like it.

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

PB: The picture I mentioned in Question 1. It caught my curiosity and I developed the story from that.

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

PB: I think it must be a tie between Paris Texas, Vertigo and Back To The Future.

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

PB: Either a twenty minute film called The Last Burial or a low- budget feature I’m just finishing

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of THE APOLOGY:


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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 www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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