April Mullen (director) and Melissa Coghlan (producer) were doing a shooting for “The Star”. The photos and the interview were published in the Dec, 10, 2015 issue.
Indie romantic drama “Below Her Mouth” is believed to be the first Canadian feature made with an all-female crew.
(…) “There’s a lot of intimacy in the film. The sex scenes are very bold and very daring and they require a lot from the two actors,” Coghlan explained, adding “it felt like a natural thing to have a woman director.” She was familiar with Mullen, who directed genre films Dead Before Dawn 3D and 88 and admired how she’d made movies with “a high-quality visual esthetic” on a similarly modest budget.
Once Mullen came on board, she and Coghlan decided they wanted a female cinematographer (Maya Bankovic) and female boom operators handling sound and it just grew from there. It was challenging to build the crew, said Mullen, but once the word got out about the project, there was plenty of interest (…).
Every crew she works with has its own vibe, said Mullen, “but I realized within the first hour of shooting this was going to be a different experience. There was a feeling of community on the set, a really gentle experience,” she said.
Because most movies are made by men, “love scenes and relationships between women are always depicted in cinema through the eyes of a man,” Mullen explained. She wanted to change that by shooting “a true, honest, simple female perspective of what women do together … and what people do when they are falling in love through the eyes of a woman.”
Coghlan said early on she was asked why she didn’t hire the best people for the jobs.“My answer to that is we did hire the best people,” said Coghlan. Quoting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mullen added, “because it’s 2015.”
Source : The Star (10.12.2015)
April Mullen can add another special performance on her list, she just directed “Below her mouth“, the first film with all-female crew.
“The other night, a couple of women in cocktail dresses and heels stood on Church Street in Toronto’s gay village, giggling at the men strolling past. The wind was beginning to pick up; as if to ward off the chill, they clung tighter to each other and launched into a reedy rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (…)
And they were having fun, sure, but they were also there as part of a bid for women to be taken more seriously. Actors Natalie Krill and Melanie Leishman were in their final night of shooting on Below Her Mouth, a $2.2-million indie film which, as far as anyone knows, may be the first feature made in Canada with an all-female crew. From producer to director, drivers to best boy (best girl?), there wasn’t a Y-chromosome in sight.
Produced by Toronto-based Serendipity Point Films and starring Krill (the TV show The Next Step) and Swedish model Erika Linder, Below Her Mouth is billed as a boundary-pushing drama about a brief but consequential romance between two women. The idea for the crew’s unique composition arose as producer Melissa Coghlan (who previously worked on TV shows Say Yes to the Dress Canada and Steven and Chris) and screenwriter Stephanie Fabrizi began discussing how they could sensitively approach the film’s delicate subject matter (…)”
Full article : The Globe & Mail (06.11.2015)
Check out all the behind-the-scenes photos from the movie “Below her mouth”. April Mullen directed the movie at the end of september, her sister Melanie was also part of the project.
April Mullen was the guest of the latest “Britflicks on FrightFest” podcast. Listen to her 20 mn long interview !
(click on the picture to access the podcast)
The “Farhope Tower” poster has been unveiled… Check out for stills and pics from the set very soon !
Check out the first stills of April & Tim’s next movie “Farhope Tower”.
Don’t forget that the world premiere is schedule for August 30, 2015 in London during the FrightFest.