Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Crossing Over Film Review And Exclusive Interview


Hey guys and girls, I’m back with an exclusive blog post which I have been eager to share with you all about a movie premiering In London - Not to be missed!

I also have an exclusive interview with Mark Haldor, the man behind ’Crossing Over’, so grab your popcorn and take a seat the show is about to start.
No under 18s please.


(Taken from the ‘Crossing Over’ website)
A frustrated Agent submits eight London based actors to audition for the next big Hollywood Movie. Potential career breaks for them and a large payday for her. How will they fair against two LA Casting Directors and the movie's unusual premise?

About Crossing Over In My Words.

Without giving too much away ‘Crossing Over’ is not your average comedy.
It has lots of personality and is the kind of film you wish would go on forever because you want to see what happens next in the lives of these wonderful characters.

Whilst watching the sneak peeks from the fun and quirky comedy, I could see how much passion, love and hard work has been put into the movie by Mark and the cast.


Ever Wondered What Your Life Could Be Like If It Was A Movie?

This is the kind of movie you can relate to in one way or another… i.e. The characters lives and personalities will remind you of everyday people from your own life. Friends, family and people you may see on your commute to work.

From the weird to the wonderful, to the oh so crazy these people will remind you of your mothers, brothers, sisters and friends.

Interview With Mark Haldor 


At A Top Secret Location In The Heart Of London.
I Had The Pleasure Of Interviewing The Talented Mark Haldor - The Man behind ‘Crossing Over’ - So Let's Find Out What He Had To Say In Answer To My Questions. 

Describe ‘Crossing Over’ In 5 Words?

What Was The Hardest Part Of Making ‘Crossing Over’?
Competing the film on such a minimal budget was a challenge, though challenges are good and it definitely kept me and everyone involved on our toes to make sure everything was completed to the best standard possible.

How Did The Storyline Of The Film Come About?
I went to L.A. in 2014 and was initially inspired to make a short film, which then evolved into a feature and brought together the talents of everyone involved. I came up with the premise by writing about what I know and picked on traditional British humour as a way to mesh the different characters and stories together within the film.

What Did You Enjoy More… Directing ‘Crossing Over’ Or Starring As Jason?
I enjoyed doing both, but as much as I enjoyed acting in the film, it was a real challenge to direct myself as an actor too. So on this occasion I would have say my preference was directing the film as opposed to acting in it.

How Many Hours / Days Etc Went Into Making ‘Crossing Over’ ?
I could not even begin to tell you how many hours went into making ‘Crossing Over’, but given I conceived, co-wrote, directed, produced, cast, edited, marketed and acted in the film, I can tell you it has taken the best part of 3 years on a part - full time basis to complete it.

Which Films Have Been The Most Influential To You?
Primarily TV programs such as; ‘Spaced’, ‘Not Going Out’, ‘The Office’, ‘Extras’, ‘Episodes’ and ’Toast of London’, along with Films including ‘Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels’, ‘Kuffs', ‘Four Rooms’ and ‘El Mariachi’ have all influenced ‘Crossing Over’.

Who Is Your Favourite Film Director ?
Robert Rodriguez, because of his creative approach and can do attitude regardless of budget. His book ‘Rebel Without a Crew’ and director commentary tracks from his El Mariachi trilogy were a massive influence in giving ‘Crossing Over’ life and me not giving up.
Which Film Director in The Industry Do You Aspire To Be As Big As?
James Gunn (Guardians of The Galaxy) -  Funnily enough I have just been to see his new film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ right before this interview.

Also Robert Rodriguez - as discussed (‘The Faculty’, ‘From Dusk Til Dawn’), Tarantino (‘Jackie Brown’, ‘Pulp Fiction’) and Tony Scott (‘Last Boy Scout’, ‘Beverly Hills Copy 2’) are all Directors I personally respect and would love to follow in the footsteps of.

If You Could Pick An Actor To Play You In a Film About Your Life,
Who Would Play You And Why?
I would like someone like Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth or most likely Chris Pratt to play me in a story of my life. Ironically my parents almost named me Chris too!

What Are A Few Of Your All Time Favourite Movies?
Armageddon, Blow, Clockwork Orange, Scent of A Woman, Point Break, Enemy of The State, Jackie Brown, Phenomenon, Robocop.

What Is Your Guilty Pleasure?
Scarlett Johansson films and Doctor Who.

Which Other Character Apart From Jason in ‘Crossing Over’ Can You Most Relate To?
Jonny - because of his dry humour and his awkwardness when he fancies someone…

Can You Speak Any Other Languages.
I did briefly try learn some Japanese last year and I would absolutely love to try and learn German again now I’m older.

What is Your Favourite Charity?
I have previously raised funds for ‘Mind’ mental health and ‘Save The Children’.
I’m now focusing on ‘Orangutan Foundation’, who I am happy to announce the profits from ticket sales for the upcoming Premiere will be donated to.

Have You Got A Date For The Premiere?
I wanted it to be Scarlett Johansson but settled for August 6th instead.
- But the invite stands if Scarlett would like to attend? lol
So that is all for now, hope you enjoyed finding out more about ‘Crossing Over’ and the exclusive little interview with the talented Mark Haldor.

Don't forget to share this blog post with your friends so they can laugh , smile and enjoy crossing over too.


Want To Attend The Premiere?

All Profits From Ticket Sales Will Go To ‘Orangutan Foundation’.

Find out more about the ‘Orangutan Foundation’

You can follow ‘Crossing Over’ on social media to keep up with the latest.

Remember You Can Come To The Premiere Too If You Wish!
Book Tickets And Find Out More About Crossing Over Premiere!

Thanks for reading
Caroline Bartholomew

(Canary Wharf, London, West India Quay)