STEVE KEDDY Script Consultant
Q. Describe the role you play in the production of The Gold Fish Bowl.
As a script consultant, it was my job to suggest changes to sharpen the story, characters, and dialogue.
Q. What are your special talents, passions you bring to your work on the movie?
I have a diploma in film studies, have won a few writing awards, and am a really annoying guy to watch a movie with. I spend a lot of time nitpicking dialogue and imagining simple changes that could have made a scene better. And in a nutshell, that neurotic mindset is what I brought to this project.
Q. Should viewers feel sorry for Mara Winter? Why? Why not?
I think so. Mara is pretty damaged. She wants to make something more of herself but needs to leave a lot of negativity behind her to achieve it. I think a lot of us can relate to going through something like that at some point in our lives, whether it be leaving a relationship, cutting ties with a friend, or moving past childhood family issues. That’s what makes Mara such a relatable protagonist.
Q. Derek Winter is a complex professional, husband, father. What drives his complexities?
As easy as it is to hate Derek, I find it just as easy to feel sorry for him. The human mind is such a fragile thing and mental illness is far more powerful than most realize. Derek somehow manages to hold down a pretty good job, which probably involves him faking “normal” all day – something that would be very draining to anyone. So, when he comes home he releases all of his pent up angst on those closest to him. It’s a common theme with many mental illnesses, not just bi-polar disorder. And whether you feel sorry for a person like that or not, it doesn’t make them any less tolerable to be around. Living with them is toxic.
Q. Choose a role from any film and tell why you would have liked to have played it.
Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episodes Two and Three. The emotional complexity required for that character was not delivered by the actor who played him.
Q. How is humour injected into The Gold Fish Bowl, layered with shades of family trauma?
Humour tends to emerge in conversations involving Mara and Hart, which is something that makes them similar. They both try not to take themselves too seriously, even in the darkest of moments.
Q. Favourite directors, favourite scores, soundtracks?
For directors, I’m a huge JJ Abrams fan. As much as I enjoy background music, I don’t pay much attention to what it is or who creates it, but I’ve notice Bear McCreary’s name pop up in a few series I’ve enjoyed, like The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.