Supanova and the Gold Coast Film Festival have joined forces this year to bring the coast one of the best ‘Supastar’ guest line ups that the events have seen. The cast and crew of Sushi Girl– a film that has been said to have so much gore it would make even Tarantino blush – are all hitting our shores for the film’s Australian premiere. Rachel Barnes speaks to one of the stars of the indie film, James Duval about his out-of-the-ordinary role in the movie and his struggle with finding work as an actor.
Starring in films from the likes of Independence Day and Gone in 60 Seconds through to indie classics like Donnie Darko, James Duval has had a very diverse career as an actor and this time it’s no different.
“I’ve been very fortunate over the years to be able to shop around and be in different movies from studios to independents, to genre hoppers and horrors and all types of drama and comedies and I’ve had a really great time,” Duval says.
Despite this Duval says he doesn’t really prefer one type of film over the other.
“When I was younger I did prefer to do little indies and it was fun to go and get on a big set and do things like Independence Day or Gone in 60 Seconds and then go back to these little tiny movies like Donnie Darko where we would be utilising every single resource we had and then still trying to come up with something. What I realised is that I don’t have a preference, I like to do both actually. I just like to work,” he laughs.
With work as an actor always very temperate, Duval is more than excited about the success of his latest project – indie film Sushi Girl. Duval didn’t even hesitate to take on the role of Francis in the film despite the R18 rating and the intense script.
“I read the script and I kind of found it exciting to play the character Francis,” Duval says.
“It’s not a part that I normally would do and in that sense I think I’ve been very lucky, instead of being typecast into one role, I’ve had the opportunity in Francis to grow out of it and tackle various different roles. It’s probably one of the best experiences I’ve had,” he says.
The cast and crew of the film quickly became like family with Duval unable to pick any favourites among the team. “It’s a smorgasbord of favourite actors,” he says.
“I ended up working with some of the best actors ever growing up, and now still, and we’ve all become family – more than just friends. What more could you really ask for? Well, I guess that you guys like the movie,” he laughs.
And if the film’s recent success in the film festival circuit is anything to go by it looks like Duval will be getting his wish. Shooting eight films between the time he had finished shooting Sushi Girl and the time that it hit the festival circuit, Duval was just simply excited to share a film he truly loved with the world.
“That was a pleasant surprise. I was just hoping that people liked it,” he says. “Because I love the movie so much and I love the guys so much it’s exciting for me to meet everybody who loves the movie. There’s nothing better than talking about it,” he laughs.
Duval will get to talk about the film as much as he wants when he hits our shores this week in the lead up to the Gold Coast Film Festival and Supanova. Duval is also excited to meet all of his Australian fans and to get to catch up with people he has worked with in the past or connect with people he wants to work with in the future.
“The thing about Supanova is that there are a couple of other friends that I have worked with over the years so I’ll be happy to be seeing those people and uniting with them as well as mySushi Girl family,” he says. “From Eliza Dushku through to Natalia Kenya, I’ll get to meet these other actors and I’m a big fan of their work.”
In Australia for the first time, Duval is ready to hit our shores. “From everything I’ve head I’m sure it’s going to be an incredible time,” he says.
You can catch James Duval alongside the entire cast of Sushi Girl at Gold Coast Supanova on April 19-21. Don’t forget to check out the film at the Gold Coast Film Festival on Friday April 19 and Saturday April 20 at 9pm.