With Road Wars, The Asylum Production company and director Mark Atkins have turned up the heat on the action/sci fi movie. Set in the post-apocalyptic future an amnesic wakes up in a world ravaged by a rabies-type virus. He must band a small group of survivors, search for a cure and a fight to stay alive.
The film looks visually awesome and reminded me of some of the early Mad Max films. Judging by the trailer Road Wars has a great pace to the film and I loved the use of the location cars and the character interactions.
I caught up with some of the stars of the film Chloe Farnworth – a UK-born actress who made the jump to acting and live in Los Angeles – Cole Parker and John Freeman to find about the making of the film.
JT: What is the film about and how did you get involved in the film?
Chloe Farnworth: It’s about a small group of survivors who come together to fight a rabies type virus in a post-apocalyptic world.
I auditioned for the film, I couldn’t make the first round of auditions be course I was on a job, so they asked me to come in for the call backs. I did and a few days later they offered me the role.
JT: Tell us more about your character Nakada?
Chloe Farnworth: Nakada, well she has a lot of different layers to her, but I would say in a few words she is strong willed, determined and in love, on a mission to save her boyfriend and will go to any lengths to do so.
JT: What was it like on set and what were your favourite scenes? (non spoilers)
Chloe Farnworth: Being on set for this film was amazing, I mean every set is amazing, but we were filming on location out in the Mojave desert, which is about two hours outside of Los Angeles. I have never been there before so I was so excited to go and film in such a beautiful place in California.
The crew were insane on this movie, they all worked incredibly hard and were super fun to be around.
My favourite scenes of the movie was the opening. We shot at this abandoned gas station in the desert, it’s a few scenes of me and my boyfriend (Phillip Andre Botello) at the gas station and driving in rough (my beloved old mustang car) the scenes are great and after seeing the whole movie I love them even more.
JT: Tell more about the cast and the production team behind the film?
Chloe Farnworth: The cast was fantastic, really great people to work with and hang out with for three weeks. Most of my scenes were with the other two leads of the movie, Thorne played by Cole Parker and Dallas played by John Freeman, these’s guys are just so much fun and full of jokes!
Director Mark Atkins is awesome, he has a lovely organic way of directing, and Erica Steele the line producer, well there isn’t words to describe how hard she worked, 5am to 10/11pm sometimes later working working working non stop!
And the rest of the team were also great and worked there ass of to get this movie finished!
JT: What was it like to film the action scenes in the movie?
Chloe Farnworth: Well, I had a stunt double who did a lot of the action scenes, and then I would jump in to do the close ups. There were one or two bits of action which I did get to do and that was really fun.
JT: When can we see the film in the UK?
Chloe Farnworth: The film comes out internationally on May 5, 2015.
JT: Have you words of advice for up and coming actors and filmmakers in the UK?
Chloe Farnworth: I would say to just work really, really hard, learn as many things as you can, work on as many different productions as you can, put your all in to every casting or job you get, don’t give up when you have quiet spots and think big.
JT: What future film projects are you involved in and where can we find more information about them?
Chloe Farnworth: The next movie I’m working on is called Soy Negro directed by Rafi Pitts, I play character called Freedom and that shoots in Los Angeles and Mexico at the start of June. Then I go on to a feature which I’m extremely excited about called Ava’s Impossible Things. I play the role of Ava and it’s directed by award-winning film-maker Marina Rice Bader, filming starts on July 10 and runs for three weeks.
JT: Thanks Chloe and special thanks to Mark Atkins, Cole Parker, John Freeman and the team behind the film for allowing me and D&CFilm access to find out about the making of the film.
(All photos copyright The Asylum.)