The Interviewer – Genevieve Clay-Smith & Robin Bryan

‘Thomas Howell gets more than he bargained for at an interview at a prestigious law firm. An insult about his tie, a rendition of Harry Potter, and the chance to change the lives of a father and son.’

So far The Interviewer has won 30 international awards and screened at over 40 international film festivals. Bringing messages of social inclusion to audiences all over the world.

The inclusive film ‘The Interviewer’ made in 2012 saw 12 people with an intellectual disability from Bus Stop Films gain work experience and mentorship on set and, they also helped conceive and develop the film through workshops. Subsequently these students have represented the film at numerous high profile Australian film festivals including Flickerfest, the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival, Short Shorts Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival, WOW film festival and the Gympie Heart of Gold Film Festival.

Redefining Archetypes

gandalf_the_grey_by_kitao_chan-d5t4w3iDo you know the archetype of the sage or wiseman? With the long flowing beard, playful and reassuring eyes and enigmatic smile. The one who does not speak a lot, but appears randomly and unexpectedly, and pours down subtle but powerful pearls of wisdom. The one who has so much power on people he could make them his slaves, if he wanted. Like Gandalf and Dumbledore, or Osho or the ancient Indian sages, gurus or a powerful celtic magus or Merlin l’Enchanteur or Lauv or Rumi.

Take this archetype and put it in the body of a little girl. Wisdom has no age, no sex, no physical appearance, right? So there is no reason this could not be possible. What about a story on that? The all-knowing, wise and enigmatic little girl whom everybody else does not take really seriously at first glance, but who goes through the world making little changes and paving the paths she takes, with flowers and light.

You could say Ang, from ‘Avatar: The last Airbender’ is an example of this. But it’s not. Ang is still childish, learning and prone to the turbulent emotions of a young child. Remember when he went to the indian sage, the Guru to learn to open his chakra and about his own fears and stuff? Well, the girl i’m trying to portray does not need to go through all this. Because she already knows all one can teach. She is at the same level as the Guru et compagnie. (Actually there’s no level, but this is the easiest way to describe it).