Hamish Downie’s Five Questions With – McKegg Collins

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Hamish came up with this idea because he was accumulating too much material for his Famous News Sushi column and asked if he could do these mini-interviews. Why would we say no?

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TGG: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

MC: Hi! I’m McKegg Collins and I’m an independent filmmaker from Brooklyn! I’m originally from Massachusetts, but moved to Brooklyn after college. I got my start directing, writing, and starring in a series of sketches with the group Fitch Fort Films. In 2018 I directed my second short film Eros Point that played at a few film festivals.

Watch “Eros Point” here:

from Abandoned House Productions
on Vimeo.

MC: I also write a series of essays on film and culture on Medium and Scrollstack. I love things that defy convention and breaking down the art of cinema and really looking at what makes the artform tick whether it’s through my essays or through my films themselves. My favorite filmmakers include Edgar Wright, Greta Gerwig, Bong Joon-ho, and Sidney Lumet.

TGG: Could You Tell Us About Your Project?

MC: Best Buddies is a dark comedy about two best friends, Tom and Sadie, who moonlight as contract killers. However, after an awkward encounter with Tom’s ex Liz and her new boyfriend Paul, Tom and Sadie are forced to question their own partnership. It’s kind of like When Harry Met Sally… if Harry and Sally killed people. It’s a romantic comedy about platonic love with a twist.

TGG: What Inspired the Project?

MC: I have a lot of rich platonic friendships with women, but almost every movie I saw that featured men and women as friends always devolved into that classic “will they, won’t they?” dynamic. I wanted to explore and subvert the audience’s expectations for that convention with Best Buddies. I was also deeply inspired by the films of Edgar Wright, which so beautifully explore deeper themes through a high-concept lens. So the idea of killing the idea of all relationships between men and women having to be romantic through the eyes of two literal killers was too good to pass up and thus Best Buddies was born!

TGG: What Makes a Great Best Friend?

MC: Someone who will have your back, but also isn’t afraid to tell you when you’re wrong. Someone who would defend you even if you weren’t in the room. Someone you can spend hours talking to or being with and never have it grow stale. Someone who even if you haven’t seen them for years, they will treat you as if no time has passed at all. Someone who can make you realize your best self, even (or often especially) if you don’t realize it yourself.

TGG: How can we best support you?

MC: Take a look at our campaign on Seed & Spark! Feel free to contribute, but if you can’t at least give us a follow! We can unlock some sweet perks through Seed & Spark that way too. Follow me on Instagram @mckegg and @edgemerepictures for more updates as we continue to bring Best Buddies to life!


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