1. How did you come up with the idea for Egomaniac?
Egomaniac was inspired by my personal experiences in the film industry between making my first feature film On Tender Hooks and beginning to write Egomaniac. It is a satire about the independent film-making industry and it is semi autobiography. It is about filmmaker Catherine Sweeney who is determined to make zombie horror romantic comedy but everyone keeps telling to put a talking dog in the film so that she can raise the finance. Though it is based on my own personal experience it is heavily fictionalized and I will never say what is fact and what is fiction. It is up to the audience to decide. However the more surreal it gets the closer to the bone it is.
2. Why did you go for the sock puppet? Was it part of your original plan?
The talking dog puppy (princess) is an important part of the film. It's basically a symbol of how crazy the film industry can be sometimes. After writing the script I always thought that for the first screening it would be awesome to make all the audience members Sock Puppet. Not only because it’s a cool thing to do but it also really helps deliver home the message of the film. Also, I must confess, making 250 so it's ended up being quite a lot of fun! Though there was one moment when I was in the living room and I realised I couldn't exit because the whole floor was covered with sock puppets which had the glue drying on the!
3. How was the screening at frightfest? I have heard very positive reviews
The screening at Fright Fest was awesome. It was incredible to get such positive feedback and the audience have been incredibly supportive of the film. I really do believe the fright fest audience is one of the best audience you can get.
4. What movies and Directors inspire you?
For me this is like answering how long is a piece of string. There's been so many movies and directors that inspired me for different reasons. Once of my favourite films of all time is Maryter and don't think I've ever recovered watching the Texas chainsaw massacre when I was 14. I recently watched The Voice which I thought was a truly brilliant as well as Ava's Possession. I also have to watch a lot of comedy and really enjoyed The Lobster recently. Directing wise I will always say that Tim Burton down as one of my biggest inspirations. I grew up in Burtons films and I really wouldn't be making films if it hadn't been been for that influence.
5. Tell us a little bit about your up coming Bloody Burrito film. Is it still on the cards.
Bloody Burrito is turning into a very exciting project indeed. I'm currently working with production company Breakneck who have been fantastic to work with. Sadly I'm not allowed to say too much the ball is definitely rolling and hopefully you'll be able to see the film soon.
6. What is your favourite puppet movie.
Dark Crystal always have a special place in my heart. However I also have a soft spot for the Muppet Christmas Carol and the Muppet Treasure Island. I'm also very excited to see Cat Davies’s short film Connie just been getting fantastic reviews on the festival circuit.
7. Whats next for Kate Sheton.
The next thing is very much Bloody Burrito. I'm super excited about making this film. However I also working on other projects. I've just written a short script which is going to be animated by the fantastic Sprankenstein and produced by Breakneck Films. I also have a number of other ideas that I'm beginning to write down. All in all it is very exciting time.