Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to talk with Vayu O’Donnell who plays Jim Williams in Survival Skills. I had seen the film earlier at Fantasia. I wasn’t able to write a full review at the time, but I wish I had. Survival Skills is a film that flies under the radar, and I want to help promote the film as much as I can. So when given the opportunity to interview Vayu to promote the film being released on VOD, I jumped at being part of the process. If you want to read my short original write-up, you can read it here.
Survival Skills is about Jim Williams (Vayu O’Donnell) being created for training videos on how to be a police officer. The film takes place during the 80s, and even though it’s not about the present, it’s very relevant in terms of how the system can be corrupt. On the surface and on the first watch, the film is comedic, bizarre and definitely unique. Mimicking aesthetics of work training videos from the 80s, but on the second watch – it’s a very damning representation of how the system is broken. That even sometimes, well intentioned cops and social workers can’t save everyone. It is isn’t a pro-cops film, but it is a good representation of how even when you do all the right things, it doesn’t always become so. Stacy Leach is pitch-perfect in this film. The film will make you laugh and cry, and if you’ve followed my writing, you know that’s my type of film.
Here is my interview with Vayu.
Please rent or buy Survival Skills today on iTunes (CDN Store).