Kate Glover is a producer, writer and director. A woman who saw her fascination with horror blossom on the campy good stuff of 1980’s horror and the psychological terror one Mr. Hannibal Lecter brought to the screen. Hailing from Bondi, New South Wales, Australia, Glover has no problem getting down and messy (or bloody).
Kate has made a name for herself in the film community as a production manager and producer.
2010 saw Kate’s biggest impression in the horror genre take flight, as her film ‘Slaughtered’ premiered to stellar reviews and a wide round of applause from horror audiences across the globe. Glover wrote, produced and directed the Australian slasher flick.
While we await her next horror venture, Kate is currently wading through medieval awesomeness to bring forth her latest project. One of the nicest people you’ll ever chat with, she was kind enough to wipe the mud away for a few moments to chat with me.
1. What or who roped you into the horror genre?
Sleepover parties during my teenage years provided a pretty strong hook. I enjoyed the experience of being scared in a group and feeling an emotional response to a film. ‘Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Candyman’ all had a lasting impression.
2. If you could sit down with one filmmaker, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Peter Weir. I absolutely adore ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ and want to go through the film scene by scene to understand his creative decisions.
3. Hailing from Australia, what are some differences you see between American and Australian filmmaking?
I think Australian film is very unique because as there is not a huge amount of funding available. You have to really fight for your film to be made which means the films that are being made have already been through so much struggle and show the determination of the director and producer. At the time when we were shooting my own film, which was so low budget it was ridiculous, there were only twelve other films in the whole country being shot at the same time. As opposed to somewhere like London where there is like 35 films being shot each day in the city alone.
Upon watching ‘Snowtown’ the other day, I was really fascinated with how successfully Modern Australian directors are using surburbia and also the bleakness of rural living.
4. Do you have a favorite “historical horror story”?
Probably would be the the Highgate Vampire Story with an ongoing fued between two men – David Farrant (Vampire Hunter) and Sean Manchester (Rogue Priest). In the 1970’s they both believed that a Vampire or Spectre lived in Highgate Cemetary and wanted to destroy it. Although they both had different theories thus creating a rivalry which resulted in arrests, vampire hunts and climaxing in a Wizard’s Duel on Parliament Hill. I have met David on multiple occasions- he is a fascinating man. I also think the Ivan Milat backpacker killers which ‘Wolf Creek’ was roughly based on were terrifying.
5. As a director, who are some of your horror heroes behind the camera?
Lesley Stewart, Jim Henson, Kathleen Kennedy, Sofia Coppola, Sam Raimi, Joss Whedon, Peter Jackson, Peter Weir, Cate Shortland, Jane Campion, Dario Argento, Ridley Scott, Andrea Arnold and the Australian Production Company Blue Tongue Films.
6. ‘Slaughtered’ has been very well received, and rightfully so. Congratulations on the success! What was your favorite aspect of the filming process?
Definitely the filming, I worked with such an amazing dedicated crew and I can never thank them enough. Pretty much everyone I know worked in some capacity on ‘Slaughtered’.
7. Did you run into any problems with this project?
Yes, the post production period was very long, frustrating and expensive. I must admit I underestimated how difficult it is. Also as I moved from Australia to the UK between shooting and the edit, it was difficult to finish it without contacts so I had to re-engage people in the UK to help me out.Thanks to those amazing people we finished it!
8. Have you found a large Women In Horror fanbase in Australia?
Yes, I think there is always an audience for Horror films everywhere in the world. It is one of the reasons horror films are successful even if you don’t have a high budget. My advice to new filmmakers would be to make a horror, as it has the most chance of being released and actually seen.
9. Why do you feel women are still fighting an uneven playing field, especially in the horror industry?
I must admit I had never experienced sexism before I worked in film. It is difficult but it is changing quickly and the only way the constant comparisons between the genders will change is if more women work in all film roles. I think as the younger generations move in there will be less sexism but it is up to us to pave the way.
10. What are some of your favorite horror films?
‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, ‘Let the Right One In’, ‘The Orphanage’, ‘Friday the 13th’ series, ‘Halloween’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘Snowtown’, ‘Evil Dead’.
11. What was the first horror flick you remember seeing?
‘Friday the 13th’
12. What advice would you offer to a young woman interested in getting in the horror film field?
Work on as many short films as humanly possible in any capacity. Don’t talk about making films, just do it. Don’t pretend you know everything because by admitting you don’t know and then being taught it you will learn way more. Good Luck!
13. What projects are you currently working on?
At the moment I am producing a Viking movie, so I am knee deep in mud in Wales with horses and swords. Next up is another horror script I am writing which I am hoping to direct next summer.
I greatly appreciate Kate’s time and look forward to her next project as well as her return to horror next summer!
Check out Kate’s IMDB page for all the info on her awesome career!