Q&A WITH BRODIE LANCASTER, EDITOR FILMME FATALES
Words - Kate Forsyth Photos - J Forsyth
Editor of Filmme Fatales, energetic super achiever and very nice lady, Brodie Lancaster is also involved in a bunch of other interesting writing and internet related things. Here, she tells Melbourne Arts Club about her love/hate relationship with the internet, must watch movies, who would direct the movie of her life and the art of getting people to deliver.
Kate Forsyth: From my research about you on the internet, I can tell that you are really good at the internet. Tell me about your love affair with the internet.
Brodie Lancaster: Thank you! I have a total love/hate relationship with the internet, which I think a lot of people can relate to. On one hand, it's given me literally every single job/opportunity I've ever had. On the other hand, I haven't read a book in months and I have acute withdrawal symptoms if I don't check my email for a few hours at a time. It's a dangerous feeling. I hate when people compare what happens on the internet to "real life" because this is our life now. This is how we live and communicate and order food.
I've gotten better at giving myself boundaries when I'm online. For example, when I'm really busy, I turn off Facebook chat and/or separate the window I'm working in from the window filled with tabs of articles I want to read or videos I want to watch to limit the chances of distraction. I love the internet because it means that right now I can be watching part 3 of one of my all-time favourite movies www.youtube.com that someone has uploaded to YouTube, while emailing with Dave Carney about a new project I'm working on and answering these questions for you.
KF: Upon seeing issue four of Filmme Fatales is the reality issue, I immediately thought it was a whole edition dedicated to my teen favourite movie, Reality Bites. Your thoughts on Winona Ryder's super whiny Lelainer character?
BL: I don't think Lelaina is super whiny at all! I'd be down to dance in the gas station with her and I think her side business of charging people for gas she puts on her dad's gas card is very clever. I feel like in ~reality~ Lelaina is probably running a semi-successful underground documentary film festival in Portland, Oregon, Michael and Troy but distant memories. (Beatrix Coles and Ariel Katz have written more eloquent things about the film in issues #1 and #3, respectively.)
KF: Filmme Fatales is home to a pretty big group of contributors. Where do you find so many talented persons?
BL: I am a charming genius! JK, I think I'm just good at writing emails. At first, I combined my real-life friends with people I'd worked with before and writers I admired. I put an open call out for submissions to each issue, which introduces me to great new writers. And I've learned to be the most effective combination of pleasant, direct, concise and non-demanding when I'm approaching people I admire or am asking a favour of.
KF: I recently got Netflix, so its been TV show binge watch central for me. However, reading Filmme Fatales reignited feelings of fondness for films. What's your current list of must watch movies?
BL: Well, I've found since starting Filmme Fatales that my movie-watching time has been totally slashed to the point of near non-existence. I'm really looking forward to seeing Obvious Child - the feature adaptation of my favourite short film of the same name, both of which were directed by Gillian Robespierre, who I interviewed for issue #5 of Filmme Fatales. The best movies I've seen this year were Lake Bell's In A World and Terminator 2 - which I'd somehow avoided for my entire life, until just a few weeks ago when it screened at Deja-View Cinema.
KF: Reading Filmme Fatales was both educational and fun! So thanks! Having not studied in approximately forever, it was great to think differently about films and females in films. What other hot topics do you like to get stuck into in such detail?
BL: Filmme Fatales takes up the bulk of my time, but I'm also super interested in reality TV, Kanye West, One Direction and the way people talk to/about teenage girls.
KF: Who would play you in the movie of your life, and would there be any saucy scenes or sassy surprises?
BL: Maybe Todd Solondz could direct the movie of my life and cast a whole bunch of people in it, many of whom don't look anything like me! I'd love to have Gaby Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Neve Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg and Ari Graynor play me. Actually I'd just like to have them all over for a glass of wine.
KF: As previously mentioned, I am currently in a love affair with TV because it almost always delivers the goods. Is TV overtaking movies? Can they live in harmony together? Thoughts?
BL: I think they can definitely live in harmony together! I love that people have begun to take TV more seriously in recent years. For a long time that level of respect was reserved for movies (and before that, radio; and before that, theatre) but I totally resent the idea that pieces of culture that are made for the masses (like TV) automatically lose critical respect. Shows like Louie and Homeland and Fargo wouldn't exist if it weren't for cinema (watching those shows is like watching a bunch of short movies), just as shows like Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer and Orange is the New Black wouldn't exist if it weren't for the internet. All pop culture is equal and I love that the lines between "high" and "low" culture are more blurred than ever.
KF: You have many irons in the fire, as the saying goes, with Filmme Fatales, The Good Copy, Rookie and all the other various thingos . Are you the world's most tenacious person, or do you have a short attention span?
BL: I guess I'm a fairly tenacious person! Before I started Filmme Fatales I always felt I had a tendency to half-arse things and do something in the fastest or easiest way, rather than doing the best job I could. When I started putting my name to my work I found I was working harder to create something I'm really proud off. I saw the work paying off, and I kept working harder. Someone once asked my pal (and Rookie boss lady) Tavi [Gevinson] in an interview how she gets so much done, and her response has always stuck with me: be so busy you don't have time to procrastinate. I've taken that on board a little too enthusiastically, and its not uncommon for me to burn out and get super stressed and anxious when the work really begins piling up, but it's all worth it when I see the end result or someone buys a copy of Filmme Fatales or I get a really sweet comment from a Rookie reader on one of my articles.
KF: Where do you get your inspiration? Please tell us your secrets for world domination.
BL: It's less about inspiration and more about energy, for me. I am fuelled on a daily basis by Everyday Coffee and good wi-fi and Thai food and sugar and inspirational Kanye West lyrics.
KF: Finally, what is your theory on why Solange attacked Jay Z in the elevator? I know this is totally unrelated, but the whole thing fascinates me, thus I am conducting a highly scientific study on Elevator-Gate theories.
BL:That whole situation was truly upsetting for me, not least because of how important Beyoncé's control over her public image is to her. I felt betrayed on the family's behalf that someone took a private moment — something that NEVER would have happened in public, on a red carpet, on the streets etc — and sold it to the world. It was shocking and upsetting and gross and I'm trying not to think about it.