Interview with Nick Flügge

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Short Cul-De-Sac was one of the highlights of NOTTIFF2017's shorts programme and went down a storm with the audience. 

Telling the story of a private detective who has his stakeout ruined by his meddling sister Cul-De-Sac is a comedy with unexpected emotion. We chatted to Director Nick Flügge about his film.

Where did the idea for the film come from?

The idea came when my wife got pregnant, and I wanted to hide under a rock. It felt scary and unknown and I didn’t feel ready at all. 

Around the same time, I was listening to a radio interview with a private eye, and it turned out all he did was hide out in his car on his own all day. I thought, given half a chance, I might do the same thing. In the end I just wrote a short film about it instead.

What is your writing process?

I’ll write out ten one line ideas and show them to my wife. When she’s told me which ones she dislikes the least, I’ll go and work on those. 

I’m obsessed with structure and will beat stories out until my nose bleeds. I’ll leave scriptwriting until the very last moment. It’s kinda like your dessert if you’ve finished your sprouts. It’s your treat if you’ve done your beats.

As a writer/director of comedy how important is it to get the casting right?

Script, casting, editing, is what I heard someone clever say was the key to comedy.

I’ve been really lucky with my three shorts to have brilliant actors. Because with a low budget short, you barely get any time, so the actors have to nail it dead on. 

If you want to make comedy, start going to stand-up comedy nights and make friends with lots of comedians before they get famous. Or do some stand-up yourself. That’s what I did. I was rubbish though. But it did get me some good comedian friends which I exploited for my shorts.

What have you been up to since NOTTIFF?

I’ve been developing two sit-com ideas and developing Cul-De-Sac into a feature film. This time the story will be set around five stakeouts, with Chris’s personal life getting more and more complicated, while a small town conspiracy he uncovers gets more and more dangerous. 

You can keep up-to-date on the film’s progress at www.culdesac-film.com

How important are film festivals for filmmakers like yourself?

They’re the lifeblood of the film industry. Especially in Britain where our film industry is a little more boutique. 

It’s a great place to work on your pitches, to see what the market is like, and to see yourself as a bit of a salesman. 

For more info and to keep up to date with Nick visit nickflugge.com

Cul-De-Sac is available to watch now on Vimeo. Check it out here - Cul-De-Sac

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