“If Distributors Say No To Our Film, We Aren’t Shut Down; We Can Go Direct To The Consumer:” A TDQ Q&A With Producer Daemon Hillin

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with film producer Daemon Hillin. Daemon spoke to us about his company, Benetone Films, and their latest effort, “PERNICIOUS” as well as how a kid from California ended up working for the biggest film company in Thailand. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Daemon Hillin:

Daemon Hillin

When faced with adversity Pernicious producer Daemon Hillin says “Yes I Cannes!”

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Daemon Hillin: I have loved film ever since I was a kid. Film can take you on a journey no matter what kind of day you are having. Growing up I didn’t really have a clue what producing was, but as my business savvy increased I really found a great opportunity to pursue something that I love with all my heart.

TDQ: Who was your favorite film producer growing up?

DH: Steven Spielberg without a doubt.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

DH: My Grandfather and my Mother. Couldn’t have done anything without them.

TDQ: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

DH: “You are your word.”

TDQ: What is the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?

DH: That’s a tough one, because the advice might have been good, but the timing bad.

PerniciousTDQ: Tell us about Benetone Films, your production company.

DH: Benetone Films is the biggest production company in Thailand. We have been rated number 1 by the Thai film commission six years in a row. We do about 100 commercials a year, eight Bollywood Films and two US films. My partners are some of the smartest and kindest men I have ever met. Not only do I contribute, but I am also taught by a great group of guys!

TDQ: You grew up in California, what led you to a production company in Thailand?

DH: Fate is a funny thing. I had been visiting Thailand my whole life spending time there for vacation. When the opportunity came up to make a film in Thailand I jumped on it and pushed with all my heart to make it happen. The film went well, then Benetone Films bought my US company Hillin Entertainment. We are now eight films deep in four years.

Emily O'Brien and Jackie Moore in Pernicious

Pernicious characters Julia (Emily O’Brien) and Rachel (Jackie Moore) are starting to suspect something isn’t right.

TDQ: Tell us about Benetone’s first theatrical release, “PERNICIOUS.”

DH: Our first Theatrical was actually “A Stranger In Paradise” starring Colin Egglesfield, Stuart Townsend and Oscar-Nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Pernicious is my second film that I shot in Thailand that we have a theatrical for. This film was really myself and Rachvin and Kulthep coming together and trying to take Thai folklore and pretty ladies and turn it into a gruesome film.

We then hired James to flesh out some ideas based on our parameters, and, boom, we had “PERNICIOUS.”

Ciara Hanna in Pernicious

Here we see Pernicious character Alex (Ciara Hanna) taking, what appears to be, what, a refreshing mud bath? No, I’m being told it’s a terrifying blood bath.

TDQ: What other projects are you working on?

DH: By The Rivers Of Babylon (Thriller), starring Crispin Glover, Connie Stevens, Mark Boone Jr, and Joely Fisher. We are in post and this will be finished soon.

“Killing Winston Jones” (a dark comedy), starring Richard Dreyfus, Danny Glover, Jon Heder, Danny Masterson, Aly Mychalka, Tyler Labine, and Lyne Shae. Also in post.

“Oliver Storm and The Curse of Sinbad’s Treasure” is in development. It is “Goonies” meets “Indiana Jones” and will be shot in Thailand. Continue reading

Katie Holmes To Star In TV Movie Adaptation Of “Call Me Maybe”

Call Me Maybe: The Movie

If film makers can pull off elaborating the 3 minute song “Call Me Maybe” into a 75+ minute feature film Hollywood might have found a new well to tap: Popular Music. Experts predict these measures can stave off another Spider Man reboot for, at least, a couple of years.

New York—Katie Holmes isn’t letting her recent not-really-all-that-surprising news that she’s divorcing Tom Cruise slow down her career. A spokesman for The Lifetime Movie Network confirmed yesterday that the soon-to-be-ex Mrs. Cruise will star in an upcoming adaptation of the song “Call Me Maybe.”

“We’re very, very thrilled that Katie has signed on to star in this telefilm, and couldn’t be more happy that she’s moving on with her life and career,” a spokesman for LMN said yesterday. “I’ve read the script, and it’s literally, literally the best thing I’ve ever read. I’ll just die, literally, if this doesn’t earn Katie a Golden Globe. It literally has bigtime award written all over it.”

The plot, conceived last Friday night over appletinis at a SoHo Ruby Tuesday’s, reportedly is about the universal story of two college-age lovers who keep trying to hook up, but the girl keeps losing her phone. The boy is always calling her, but he invariably either gets a voicemail or some guy who found the girl’s phone.
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