Pattie Collins as film director, "Exit Wounds", interviewed by Stephanie Boyle

Accession Number AWM2017.12.28
Collection type Sound
Object type Oral history
Physical description digital audio file; wave; 96kHz; 24 bit; stereo
Maker Collins, Pattie
Boyle, Stephanie
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Campbell
Date made 4 October 2017
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
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Source credit to AWM Oral History Program

Film maker Pattie Collins discusses her experience of writing, developing, making and promoting the dramatised documentary film, "Exit Wounds" (2015), featuring actors Graham Gall and David Villanti. "Exit Wounds" , filmed in Canberra, was created in collaboration with actor Villanti, a former medic with the Australian Army, who deployed to Rwanda in the 1990s and subsequently was affected by his experiences there. Topics discussed include: meeting and developing the film script and approach with David Villanti; editing and production techniques used, such as cinema veritae; intercutting Villanti's acting showreel footage; the use of a proxy (actor Graham Gall) as David Villanti; working with local production crew; meeting and working with the Vietnam Veterans' Motorcycle Club; the work involved in filming the final scene of the film, which had to be shot in less than three hours; entering the film in film festivals, and its reception by non-Australian audiences; the satisfaction of working on a meaningful project which has helped other veterans come to terms with their own war related experiences; the satisfaction and excitement which arises from working with like-minded and professional cast and crew.

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