Longtime readers of Film Slate will recognize Paul Tanter’s name. The prolific filmmaker has been a driving force in the British indie scene for several years, crafting stories as a writer, producer, and director. Tanter’s films include “The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan,” a frenetic, gleefully violent study of crime and loyalty, and the Jack trilogy (“Jack Says,” “Jack Said,” and “Jack Falls”), which are stylish and gritty–not to mention extremely well-made on budgets that most studio features would spend on catering.
Tanter is back with “Kill Ratio,” which tells the story of a power struggle inside a nascent democracy in an Eastern European country. The president of the country finds himself pitted against a determined, hardened leader of his military, with help coming from an American covert operative. “Kill Ratio” stars Tom Hopper (lately of the Starz guilty pleasure “Black Sails”) and Nick Dunning (“Da Vinci’s Demons,” “The Tudors”).
What Tanter does (and does extremely well) when it comes to filmmaking may seem simple on paper, but in reality is hard to pull off. He surrounds himself with the best talent behind the scenes (often working with the same crew members from film to film), stays on budget, and makes sure the audience enjoys themselves. And that’s the mark of a good filmmaker, no matter the size of the budget.
In this edition of the podcast, Tanter talks about breaking in to the business and moving into directing and his new action film, “Kill Ratio.”
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