An interview with :

Bianca Bradey

Catching up with Bianca Bradey, she was kind enough to do a recent interview with me - talking about Wyrmwood and her future projects.

DGE: I guess the first question to ask is how did you become involved with Wyrmwood?

Bianca: It was pure luck really. My flat mate at the time was working with the director Kiah Roache-Turner, and he suggested me for the role. Thank You Jeffrey! And it just went from there. I saw the 7 minute trailer that Kiah had made with his brother Tristan Roache-Turner had made, and was completely blown away. I was so impressed with their vision and style. And I absolutely fell in love the character of Brooke. She is a strong, independent, feisty female heroine that I think any woman would jump at the chance to play. I would have done anything to be involved in the project. Well. Anything within reason..!

DGE: The character you play (Brooke) is pretty tough and bad-ass and there are a few fight scenes throughout. Did you do any special training or physical work to get yourself ready for filming?

Bianca: I had an amazing stunt double during filming, who got to do most of the involved sequences. I got to try my hand at the easier, less life threatening stuff. Which is so much fun! I love getting to work on an action film. Where else in life do you get to shoot guns, decapitate people with shovels, and risk life and limb on moving vehicles. I have had fight training though. I trained with MMA guys and also learned some Muay Thai. And Ive done wire work stunts before, and been taught to shoot guns at the firing range by professionals. So Im definitely not a stranger to this genre. And I absolutely love that stuff. Though honestly in real life, Im more of a yoga girl!

DGE: Ive got to ask but what got you interested in acting in the first place?

Bianca: Ive always had a love of acting. I started dancing, singing and acting when i was a really young girl. So it has always been my dream to pursue it as a career.

DGE: Looking at your career so far, I think I'm right in saying that Wyrmwood is the first horror movie you have starred in? Is horror something you would do again and on a personal note, do you watch any horror movies yourself?

Bianca: I love working in the Horror genre! I hope I get the chance to do many more in my life. Action, thriller, zombie, vampire. I think they're great. Anything spooky and supernatural and Im in. And I grew up watching Action films. I have an older brother, and I generally didn't get a choice in the movies we watched growing up. He was definitely the boss. So I think my childhood was very male movie centric. But horror kind scares the crap out of me. Im a little bit of a wuss when it comes to really scary movies. But there is also some sick fascination in life in doing what frightens you. So I usually have to watch them, I just have my hands over my eyes most of the time, and maybe have to sleep with the light on after.

DGE: Over the last 12 months or so, we have seen an amazing array of movies coming out of Australia. The Babadook, What We Do In the Shadows, Housebound and several others I could mention. It seems Australian movies and indeed TV shows are really gearing themselves up to be quite a force in the future. Why do you think this is?

Bianca: I agree that Australia and New Zealand have been making some amazing film and television in the last few years. I feel like we are really coming into our own and finding our voice. Our entertainment industry is a lot smaller, so we generally don't have the huge budgets, which makes it hard to compete with some of the more established countries like the US, Canada and UK. We end up losing a lot of our upcoming talent overseas, just because there isn't enough work to go around. But I feel like lately people are just going out there and making their own content. And also I think a lot more people are coming back home to develop projects. With all this new technology, and new ways to communicate, the world is becoming a much smaller place. Its easier to live where you want to live, and still get to work on great projects with amazingly talented people.

DGE: So, out of everything you have done so far, acting wise, which has been the most difficult role to play?

Bianca: Most difficult role? I played an Italian Tourist in an Aussie TV series. I found the accent incredibly challenging. But whats the point in doing anything in life if we aren't stretching ourselves. I don't ever want to get complacent.

DGE: And on the flip side, which has been the most fun role you have played?

Bianca: Brooke in Wyrmwood was definitely the most fun role I have yet had the pleasure to play. She was my ultimate role basically. So lucky to have gotten the chance!

DGE: If you could go back in time and star in any other movie, what would it be? Do you have any favourites that you would just love to have been part of?

Bianca: My dream role would have been to play Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. I find her utterly fascinating. My other dream role would be Ariel in a live action version of The Little Mermaid. My favourite Disney film. Ever. We can all dream *sigh*

DGE: If you could sum up Wyrwood in one sentence, what would it be?

Bianca: Balls to the wall Ozploitation held together by gaffer tape, determination & love!

DGE: This is a cheeky question but do have any inside gossip or funny/embarrassing stories that occurred during the filming of Wyrmwood you can share?

Bianca: Embarrassing stories - I don't know what you could possibly mean. It was a set of consummate professionals. There would never be anything untoward going on. There was that incident with the blow up doll. But you wouldn't be interested in that.

DGE: Finally, are we going to see a sequel to Wyrmwood in the near future and what do you have planned in the meantime, apart from starring in Starting From ... Now?

Bianca: Lets hope there is a sequel. Fingers crossed! I definitely don't think we have reached the end of Brooke and Barry's story in Wyrmwood. I feel it is just the beginning. Other than that we are about to start production on season 4 of Starting From Now, and I am speaking with some producers and directors of other up coming projects. Hopefully I will be able to let you know soon!


Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

Synopsis (IMDB) : A talented mechanic prepares to battle his way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters after his sister is kidnapped on the eve of a zombie apocalypse.

Directed by : Kiah Roache-Turner

Written by : Kiah Roache-Turner (screenplay), Tristan Roache-Turner (screenplay)

Cast :  Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Keith Agius, Berynn Schwerdt, Luke McKenzie, Cain Thompson

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