It seems like Scottish actor Jamie Robson has been very busy working on various features including the Things They Tell Us with Peter Marsden as well as Spin State with Ross A. Wilson. The Fountain caught up with Jamie, who told us a little more about these projects as well as what next he is working on.
TF: Things They Tell Us sounds like an interesting feature, can you tell us how you came to be involved in the production?
Peter Marsden and I co-developed his debut short film Not Required Back (2017). It did well, premiering at the BFI Film Festival and receiving warm praise from industry people like Tony McKibbin and Mark Cousins. We later came up with an idea for Pete’s debut feature. We’ve co-developed the story and are co-producing, with Peter as writer/director and myself in the leading role. It’s now well into pre-production with a forecasted summer shoot.
TF: What is the premise or story behind the film, can you tell us more?
Things They Tell Us is a dark satire on narcissism in the self-help industry. The abstract qualities from Peter’s earlier work are present in his latest project. The script is fantastic and it’s making some long overdue statements about this facet of contemporary society.
TF: And what was it like to be working with Peter Marsden on his first feature?
He’s a joy to work with. We’re both quite anarchistic in our views towards the industry, so there’s a camaraderie there. He can be quite meticulous (and thus steadily paced) which sometimes requires patience. His taste in cinema is impeccable. He’s a friend, in the true meaning of the word, not what’s coined far to often these days, particularly in this industry. We grew up together really, cutting our teeth with experimental film, then music videos, then short films and now feature films.
TF: And you are not just in this, you have been working with Ross A. Wilson on his feature Spin State also, do tell us more about this feature?
Spin State is highly anticipated and touted as part of the new “British weird-wave” in company of films such as Bait by Mark Jenkins. The making of Spin State was an intense and draining experience but one I’ll cherish forever. Ross A. Wilson is an auteur in the truest sense, a perfectionist who manages every stage of pre, peri and post. He’s an incredibly exciting filmmaker. The film is unique and there’s increasing buzz around it.
TF: What can we expect from you after these productions, what else have you lined up?
Yes, it’s busy. I’m developing a feature with Sundance-winning filmmaker Charlotte Wells, who I previously collaborated with on Blue Christmas (2017) alongside Oscar 2019 nominee Robbie Ryan (who recently shot The Favourite with Olivia Colman). There’s a Turkish film I’m starring in, which excites me as I’m a fan of Turkish cinema, particularly of the 80’s. I’ve recently been made patron of two film festivals and I’m an ambassador for a homeless charity, so that’s keeping me busy. I’m writing a play which I’m thoroughly enjoying. Later this year and into 2020, I’m starring in a tremendously well-written film called Credence by writer/director Matt Woodruff and I’m developing an ambitious project with Tim Courtney, with whom we won a BAFTA for My Loneliness Is Killing Me (2018).