by GREG KING
The sophomore feature film for writer/director Heath Davis Book Week has its premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 15. It screens again on August 18. Book Week follows high school English teacher, Nicholas Cutler (played by Alan Dukes) who thinks his life is about to change for the better when he learns his trashy zombie novel is going to be published. But his life soon becomes seven days of hell. His novel is passed over in favour of one written by a precocious student he teaches. A girlfriend’s ultimatum, a student in trouble with the law, a gravely-ill brother-in-law, a precocious student, and the prospects of living a life of unfulfilled dreams force Cutler to re-evaluate what’s important in life.
Greg spoke to Heath Davis about the genesis of the film, casting, and the difficulty of getting today’s younger generation to read books.