Bridgslaughter Horror Film Festival is featuring a horror short, Bitch, Popcorn and which stars, Jane Badler (Diana in the 80’s series ‘V’ and Diana in Neighbours).
We asked her what made her pursue filmmaking, both as an actress and more recently as a producer, she told us,
“Acting always felt like such a noble thing to do with my life, to be part of a tool that tells a story and hopefully a good one.
“As I’ve gotten older, the stories become more important because we all need to be inspired and uplifted.
“Recently I have moved into producing and developing scripts for future projects. I recently shot a wonderful indie film in LA through a script I had purchased.
She went on to say,
“Now a days it’s not enough to just act, you need to always be looking for something that excites you.”
We asked Jane about the roadblocks she faced when she was starting out, she told us,
“Sometimes I feel like I’m still starting out, a career has ebbs and flows.
“At the beginning of my career I had just graduated from a prestigious drama school (north western university) and was young ambitious and beautiful, yet I knew no one when I moved to NYC, so I had to literally pound the pavement and knock on doors.
“Then I was lucky enough to meet a lovely agent who asked me to come in and we worked together for many years.”
We asked her about her greatest achievement till date and she said,
“I feel like I have had many great achievements.
“The most famous is Diana in the seminal TV mini-series, V.
“So being part of such an iconic show is truly a great achievement, but I am also very proud of my work in theatre here in Australia.
“The movie Chica en Chica I shot in Spain a few years ago where everyone spoke Spanish and I had to navigate language and culture in a big Spanish comedy.
“Also, super proud of the last film I shot called Freefall that will be coming out in the next year. I worked with the legendary acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.”
When asked about the greatest moment in her film career, she smiled and said,
“Probably shooting the TV series Mission Impossible in Australia and meeting my future husband.
Jane has given this advice for young filmmakers out there,
“I am noticing a passion, work ethic and creativity in this next generation that is so inspiring.
“From the writers to the producers to the actors.
“There is so much great and exciting work being done on TV it’s hard to know what to watch.
“I think it’s super imp for young filmmakers to create their own work and not wait to be discovered.
“Also, I think classes are such a great way to keep connected with young people and keep the acting muscles ready.
“I recently took a wonderful class in NYC at the Anthony Meindl, which I thought was fantastic!
“I am totally inspired by all the old classic films, the glamour and beauty of Hedy Lamarr, Kathryn Hepburn, Joan Crawford and Audrey Hepburn, I wanted to be them, dress like them and have roles like that, to this day I still prefer playing characters with strength and glamour.”
She told us about the films that inspired her the most,
“I am very inspired by David Lynch and his tv show, Blue Velvet and the wonderful Naomi Watts in Muholland Drive.
“Also, the great Martin Scorsese and the brilliant Casino (one of Sharon Stones’ best roles ever).
Lastly, we asked Jane about her plans for the future, she told us,
“I have been spending a lot more time in the US to pursue acting and producing, currently developing a great script with an amazing team and wonderful writer, hopefully I will be on a set next year.
“I have recently finished acting in an indie horror film with Shawn Ashmore and Andrea Londo (Narcos)