Five Questions With Filmmaker Peter Carruthers

Peter Carruthers is an actor and producer, known for Unload (2015), 50 Kisses (2014) and Fallout (2012). (IMDB) His film, Unload, is playing at the 2015 GI Film Festival. 

Where are you from and what is your film background?

I’m from a small town called Horwich in NorthWest England, about 20 miles from Manchester.

I was an Aircraft Avionics Technician in the Royal Air Force for 7 years and then a service engineer on x-ray machines and metal detectors for 3 years. I wanted to do something different with my life so I quit engineering and went to drama school for 3 years to train as an actor. Since graduating as an actor in 2009 I’ve also branched out into writing, producing and directing my own films and theatre pieces.

Who are your biggest influences in film and why?

As a writer and director I love Christopher Nolan’s belief in assuming that his audience is at least as intelligent as he is, I think that’s something I like to go along with. Acting wise I’m a huge fan of Tom Hardy, Leonardo Di Caprio, Meryl Streep, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and too many others to mention.

What was the hardest part about getting this film made?

I think the hardest part of getting Unload made was the finance. I initially budgeted for £90k to make the film, but the vast majority of funding fell through just 6 weeks before shooting, so we had to massively rethink the whole production. We eventually spent just £17,500, with the majority of the cast and crew working for free. I really hope we can secure some investment from the distribution so I can reward their trust and hard work.

What do you want viewers to take away with them after watching your film?

I hope that people will take away a greater sense of understanding and empathy for people who suffer with trauma related mental health issues. I also hope that the film will encourage anyone suffering either directly or indirectly with any mental health issue to open up to their loved ones and to seek the help that is out there.

What is a fun fact about you that would surprise people?

I performed a monologue naked at a late night show at the Edinburgh Fringe in an attempt to promote my play. The slot was available to anyone who wanted a minute to promote their show in front of several hundred people, the only catch being that you had to do it naked. It was later pointed out to me that our show was already selling out and I forgot to mention the name of the play anyway. Alcohol was involved.

Unload, directed by Peter Carruthers, is playing at Angelika on May 19, 2015. Click here for tickets.