An Interview with Lale Teoman

Jan.s:  Lale, you've just made Giant In My Mind by Australian film director, Fiona Trick..

Lale: I like to describe Giant In My Mind as surrealist Bonnie and Clyde with the passion of Romeo and Juliet and the pace of Samson and Delila. The film is driven more by the beauty of the Australian landscape and the emotional journey of the characters more than the storyline. Dialogue accompanies the music and the movement of the film rather than the other way around.

Jan.s:  Tell us more Lale.  Where did you begin with the characterization?

Lale: Playing the role of Olivia was very rewarding. The director Fiona Trick allowed me a lot of creative license on my interpretation of the character. Many of the moments were only loosely based on the script and largely improvised. The camera often rolled long after the scene had played out.

Jan.s:  Where do you think the Director's interests lay in taking the film in this direction?

Lale:   I think Fiona Trick chose this approach as a way of allowing myself and co-actor Adam Drage to create fully rounded characters and to create a sense of realism. Risks were taken, and the crew of 14 people became very close towards the end of the shoot.

Jan.s:  What kind of risks did you take Lale within the context of a particular shoot...would you like to give us an example... ?

Lale: There was a certain amount of risks taken in playing the role of Olivia. The nudity is something that springs to mind first. The scene where Mickey dies and Olivia spends three days alone in a silo was shot in complete nudity.

Combining this with travelling through the 7 stages of grieving was a big challenge and would have been unimaginable had i not fully trusted Fiona and the rest of the crew. Adam and i worked particularly well together and were able to be very open with each other. We had similar ideas on the love between Olivia and Mickey and how it should be played out as guided by Fiona.

Some audience members at the screening mentioned that instead of simply watching a film they felt they had truly experienced something. The minimal dialogue created a space for reflection within the viewing. There were some different interpretations of the script as a result of this.

'Mickey and Olivia arrive at a derelict abandoned barn in the countryside. They have fled from their city lives after Mickey accidentally killed a man who had attempted to rape Olivia.  They create a temporary home and adopt a peaceful country lifestyle, attempting not to worry about any consequences that may arise from the murder.  They find happiness in caring for each other and embrace the romanticism of country life. They befriend an eccentric local farmer, jimmy who is very willing to help them out in any way.  One night they are celebrating Olivia’s birthday, later when making love, an unknown man shoots Mickey in the back.  Olivia in absolute shock  is unable to function for several days. With Mickey dead she struggles to find the motivation to go on. Olivia finds some courage amidst her grief to keep living'.

‘Giant in my mind’ is a 35minute short film by Fiona Trick.

For  6 days, 14 people pulled out all their love and creativity and made “Giant in my mind”. The colourful and lively cast and crew drew attention to themselves whilst shooting on the south coast of NSW, in a small dairy town Gerringong (the director’s hometown). We all left the city behind and surrendered to the mud, rain and river in the winter of 2010.
Sleeping in a beautiful farm  house next to our location we forgot about the world outside the film and momentarily got lost in the magic world of Mickey and Olivia the two protagonists. The low budget film was assisted with a Kiama council arts grant and Metro Screens Jumpstart Grant and everyone generously volunteered their time and skills to the film.
The renegade filmmakers  took a few risks along the way (in particular Jason the cameraman) and had a truly unique and memorable experience'.


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