On the surface, writer/director Michael Bafaro’s latest film, “Wrecker,” is just another road chase movie. But dig a little deeper, and beyond the obvious influences (“Duel” and “The Vanishing” come to mind), and you’ll see, according to Bafaro, a film that’s about abuse, loneliness, and that feeling you get when you don’t quite know where you’re going.
Another aspect of “Wrecker” which Bafaro saw as essential was the use of female leads and their relationships not only to each other but how they act and react. Anna Hutchinson stars as Emily and Andrea Whitburn is Leslie, two friends on a road trip whose decision to take a shortcut has disastrous results as they are pursued by a faceless trucker that forces them into a deadly game of cat and mouse.
The prolific Bafaro has been writing and directing films for more than 20 years; he is certainly comfortable working in the horror and psychological thriller genres, with some of his best known films focusing on average people having to deal with extraordinary forces that cause havoc in their lives. His 2002 film, “The Barber,” which stars Malcolm McDowell, is probably his most atmospheric offering. Before he was a screenwriter and a director he served on the crew for quite a few movies in the late 1980s and early 1990s, most notably as a second unit director and assistant director.
His career is certainly an example of persistence; even if you’re not immediately doing what you want to do, there are plenty of jobs in the business that will give you access to people who can help you achieve your ultimate goals.
In this episode of the podcast I talk with screenwriter (and director) Michael Bafaro about his new film, Wrecker (starring Anna Hutchison) and we dig into the early days of his career and how broke into the business and sold his first screenplay.
You can also read a transcript of this episode.
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