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From Queer Nation to the big screen: Max Currie

Posted in: Movies
By Jacqui Stanford - 28th July 2014

Since being a host on Queer Nation, Max Currie has been a busy screenwriter. Tonight his first feature film, Everything We Loved, will debut on the big screen, at your house – and even on planes! We caught up with the talented gay filmmaker.

Remember Max from Queer Nation?

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He was a host and director of the show, sparking his screen career. “Over the course of eighty episodes, the then 21-year-old left no aspect of human sexuality unexplored,” as his bio puts it.

Since then, he’s lived in New York working as a bartender while a film and video arts intern, and worked as a screenwriter for Palme d'Or winning producer Bill Robinson. In 2008 he was awarded the jury prize for best film in The Huffington Post Contagious Film Festival for his short film protesting Proposition 8: Some Of My Best Friends Are American.

Back home in New Zealand he’s written for Shortland Street and Step Dave, but now his feature film – which already has great reviews and award nominations – is about to debut.

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Currie directs the film's leading lady, Sia Trokenheim.

It won’t be an ordinary New Zealand premiere. Everything We Loved will be on big screens in Wellington and Auckland as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. It will also be released on demand so people can watch it from home, and join a live Q&A afterwards. And there is the added fun factor that it will also be released on long haul flights!

Currie says they could have gone down the traditional route, but are excited to do something new. “We love movie theatres and movies on the big screen. It’s why we all got into this game. But we’re trying this new way and it’s very much for regional New Zealand. We think there’s lots of cinema lovers outside the main theatres and they’re wanting thinking person’s movies, but it’s really hard to get to them, let alone be the first to see one.”

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The film is, without giving too much away, about “a stage magician’s struggle to mend his wife’s broken heart with his greatest and most dangerous illusion - a little boy”.

Currie says the inspiration for the film came from his long-running fascination with why good people do bad things. “It’s something that’s always troubled and interested me. And then I heard about a very unusual crime in the United States and realised that this person that did this despicable thing could have actually been a really good-hearted guy, a loving father, an adoring husband. And suddenly there was a character there that fascinated me and I wanted to make a film for him. So I did!”

He hopes it puts people in touch with their empathy, something he believes will be “the saving characteristic of us as a species”.

“In the same way when you maybe see an animal suffering or you feel this part of you that reaches out to that. I think that is what I am wanting to put into the world with this film. I think audiences will be moved and come away more in touch with their capacity to empathise with another human being.”

Currie says nothing “could be more fertile for anyone involved in the creative pursuit” than his time on Queer Nation looking at human sexuality. “It’s so fascinating. And I think to some degree or another, all of my writing and my characters and my work is informed by this experience of human sexuality in its broader sense. That was a fantastic training ground for what I’ve done since then.”

You can watch the film’s premiere from your couch tonight here or afterwards here


Jacqui Stanford - 28th July 2014

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