HFF 2015 Interview: Healing Director/Producer/Writer Craig Monahan


Viktor Kahdem has almost given up on life after he is sentenced to a low-security prison farm with a nonthreatening environment where it still seems like some individuals can be reformed. At Won Wron, a case worker named Matt Perry has established a special kind of program to rehabilitate broken men by giving them the responsibility of rehabilitating injured raptors. Against all odds, Viktor meets Matt and becomes his number one test case and is introduced to Yasmine, the majestic wedge tailed eagle with a two-metre wingspan. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible. Healing is a 2015 Heartland Film Festival Official Selection, Narrative Feature.

We spoke with Director/Producer/Writer Craig Monahan about his film:

HF: What is your film about, and how did the project come to be?

CM: Healing is based on a true story. It centres on the relationship between a man and wedge tailed eagle.

It is a story of redemption. From great loss can come great humanity. We were introduced to it via a newspaper article. We spent 18 months researching and then developed the script over the next five or more years.

HF: What was your role in the production?

CM: Director, producer, writer.

HF: Why did you submit to the Heartland Film Festival? Have you been to the Festival before?

CM: It was recommended to us and then we conducted our own research and felt it could be a good match. We are greatly honored to be selected. I have never attended the festival but would love to.

HF: This year’s tagline is “Movies That Stay with You” – what lasting effect will your film have on moviegoers?

CM: That you can only really help other people, when you know who you really are. Hopefully it is a deep emotional connection.

HF: What has inspired you to become a filmmaker?

CM: The money, the fame…ha! Watching movies. Wanting to tell stories. Loving the process.

HF: What is something that you know about filmmaking now, but you weren’t told when you started your career?

CM: How much I would truly love it. Oh and raising finance is very bloody hard!

HF: What are some of your favorite movies? What’s your favorite worst movie (you know it’s bad, but still love it)?

CM: Favorites…too many. However I am happy to nominate Go West, Night at the Opera and Day at The Races.

Bad but like it, hmmm…Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Starship Troopers.

HF: How many film festivals has your film been a part of? What do you like the most about the festival experience?

CM: About a half dozen. I like meeting audiences, filmmakers and generally those that love film.

HF: Heartland Film Festival moviegoers love filmmaker Q&As. Let’s say a Festival attendee wants to earn some brownie points—what is a question that you’d love to answer, but haven’t yet been asked?

CM: Happy to answer any questions!

See Healing at the 2015 Heartland Film Festival

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