AN INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR PAUL HYETT
Directed by Paul Hyett, PERIPHERAL had its UK TV premiere on the Horror Channel.
Paul, hello there. Thank you for joining us for a cup of coffee and a talk.
How did you become attached to Peripheral?
Craig Touhy, the producer, and I had been friends for a long time and were almost about to work on another film together.
The Seasoning House had a similar effect on him, so we decided to meet up to talk about Peripheral. Initially, he described it as a low-budget, self-contained film that took place entirely in one apartment. I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive. I aspired to take my directing to new heights and tackle projects with a broader scope. Craig convinced me to give it a try. did and was a fan of the story. The narrative of Bobbi, a writer who is stuck and has to conform to the expectations of others, as well as the indignity of having to use a piece of technology she despises and be compelled to write for a company she despises. Everything seemed to be so timely.
Yes, that is a simple sale!
Was the cast already set, and how was it directing Jenny Seagrove and Tom Conti?
Paul Hyett Not at all. Jenny Seagrove was the very first cast member, and I was thrilled to have her. In particular, she was enamored by Medlock’s persona and the script. She was a joy to work with, really competent, and eager to talk about anything.
Do you have a lot of money to work with on this film?
No, the budget was pitiful. We were fortunate, though, in having a fantastic DOP in Peter Taylor, who is Ridley Scott’s go-to cameraman. He did an amazing job capturing everything on camera. In addition, we had a fantastic team that worked tirelessly to inflate the budget’s appearance.
Having a strong support system is a wonderful feeling.
It’s a pretty technical film, so was the shoot difficult?
Absolutely not when compared to The Seasoning House and Howl. I like being able to focus solely on the theatre and performances.
Do you have a favorite conspiracy theory to go along with the story?
The truth is that I’ll keep those to myself because they could cause offence. Although I believe that we have been visited by extraterrestrials who deemed us unworthy of their attention.
We’re on the same page.
Is it possible that AI will one day take over the world?
In my opinion, AI is going to be a really useful tool in the future. No, I don’t believe it will ever gain power in the manner described in the film Skynet. The pace of technological advancement will inevitably slow. A computer chip has a certain amount of storage space. This even holds true for nanotechnology, which requires a paradigm shift in the way technology is developed. It’d have to be based on something biological, like biomechanics.
Is this an intentional choice on your part, or is it just a stylistic choice?
Yes, I do my best to broaden my horizons. I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself. In my opinion, there is no purpose in rehearsing the same thing.
Yes, it’s impossible to grow, evolve, and ultimately learn from those experiences if you don’t attempt new things.
As a UK TV premiere, how does it feel and how would you convey it to our viewers?
I am thrilled that Peripheral has been added to the Horror Channel’s lineup. It drew in a brand-new set of viewers. When a lonely writer is pitted against inexplicable socio-bureaucratic powers, it reminds me of films like Cronenberg’s Demon Seed more than anything else.
We are sold!
What do you think about the British influence on all of your films?
Yes, I’d say that’s correct.
If you’re a creative with a wide range of skills, do you have a favorite job?
Thank you so much. Directing is my very favorite thing to do. Compared to anything else I’ve done, this is both more fulfilling and more soul-crushing.
Do you have anything exciting planned for the near future?
Currently, I’m working on a few other ideas. Grimmest Films’ The Black Site is a gritty war horror film. I’m also working with Balaam Productions on a new project. Afterlife revisionism and a Carpenteresque new England horror film Unnatural Selection. Each one is distinct, and they are all at various phases of growth.
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Paul Hyett, thank you very much for your kind words. Thank you very much for your time! We appreciate you taking the time to talk with us.
The pleasure is all mine, as always.
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