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[Interview] – Natalie Burn – ‘The Executioners’ – A Feature Film

 

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Natalie Burn (The Expendables) stars as Kay in Lionsgate’s intense horror-thriller The Executioners.  The film also features Jemma Dallender (I Spit on your Grave 2), Rachel Rosenstein (Shameless) and Justin Fischer (American Crime). This exciting feature was directed by Giorgio Serafini and produced by.

When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

Recently Natalie Burn starred in ‘Awaken/Left to Die’, a feature she created and produced, co-starring Darryl Hannah, Vinnie Jones, Robert Davi and Edward Furlong.  Ms Burn has also enjoyed key roles in ‘Expendables 3’ with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford, where she played the wife of Mel Gibson. She also appeared in ‘Killer Mermaid/Nymph’ with Franco Nero, ‘Criminal’ with Jordi Molla, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones and ‘Mothers’ and Daughters’ starring Sharon Stone, Selmar Blair, Courtney Cox and Susan Sarandon.

The Executioners has just been released on DVD, VOD, Redbox and Netflix.

Interview: 

To begin with, tell us about your latest film “The Executioners”, what is it about?

“The Executioners” starts off as being a simple home invasion film but then it quickly progresses into a complex revenge type of movie where women truly stand up for themselves against men. Nevertheless, there are a lot of mysteries that unravel and will confuse the audience until the very end of the film. Where the viewers will finally figure out the key behind what started as a simple story in the realm of horror will than turn into a psychological thriller with an unpredictable twist.

Where did the idea come from? How did you get involved with the film?

The director/writer of the film had contacted me about an experimental & very controversial movie he had written “The Executioners”. He said he saw me as a character (“Kay”) but he gave me the freedom to read the script and actually choose my own role. After reading the script I was convinced that Kay is the character I had never played before and I was definitely fascinated by her storyline and wanted to explore it deeper. I realized why the director wanted to make this film but also was hesitant to tell this story. I feel like this movie can go in either one of the following directions: people will hate it or love it. There will be those on the side of the repulsed & furious but there will also be those on the side of empowerment & strength in terms of the women heroines in this film. And I believe with the hashtag campaigns of “Me Too” and “Times Up” this film strikes a real nerve in respects of the new conversations beginning to finally take center stage on this issue and this is one of the main reasons why I accepted this project.

Who are your co-stars? Who is directing the film?

I was really fortunate to be surrounded by co-stars and crew that were all extremely fun to work with and professional. It is crucial when making such a dark thriller that shows nudity and strong violence that you really need to have actors who trust each other on a very deep level. Jemma Dallender, who was the lead in “I spit on your grave 2,” had already gone through that kind of physical, emotional roller coaster and stepped into her part in “The Executioners” with ease. Other names were Rachel Rosenstein who I personally brought on to the film, Anna Shields, Justin Fischer, Michael Santi, Anthony Belevtsov, Fernando Soto Jr. as well as our director Giorgio Serafini were all really passionate and dedicated to their roles. I can always tell when actors are doing it for money & fame versus those who are in it because it is their life. Our fearless director who chose to shoot this film super fast during all night shoots, is not a first time director. He has worked with the likes of Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, and many others. He’s a true professional and knew exactly how to connect with his cast and crew due to his impeccable experience.

What are your influences as an actress?

Growing up, I was in a pretty conservative family. I got into one of the most prestigious dance schools in the world The Royal Ballet School in London because it was so professional I wasn’t allowed to do certain things and since the competition was huge I could not allow myself much collaboration with the outside world. To be the best was to work on your own progress and stay focused on your goals. Movies were the only form of medium that I could experience to escape my sequestered existence. It was the way I could stir my imagination in respects of safely feeling what the outside world was like. I could live in so many different walks of life through so many different characters in so many wondrous worlds right from my seat at home. That was my main influence: The Movies. Today, movies still continue to inspire & influence me but so do other things like art, music, dance, nature, etc. Influences are everywhere and I will never know how & when inspiration hits me. I just know that when it does, it’s undeniable.

When and where can we expect to see “The Executioners”?

You can catch the film on Redbox, Amazon Prime and iTunes, released by Lionsgate today!

You can also see the trailer at this link – https://YouTube.com/Gl_gL33XDXI

What advice would you give any up-and-coming actors or actresses, trying to crack the industry?

I wish I could have an answer but I don’t. The truth is that I don’t think anyone can crack our industry. If you believe that you will come into this industry and just figure out this Rubix cube you’re in for a rude awakening. No one has ever “figured it out” or “solved the riddle” of what it takes to be a successful actor because if they did they would be selling it as a book for the masses to buy at an enormous price. To become successful just doesn’t work like that. The best advice that I can give is to just keep doing your craft. That you are in this profession and know WITHOUT A DOUBT that it’s what you want to do for the rest of your life and no one can change your mind about it. Which means you are already ahead of the majority of people in the world. Most people don’t even know if they’re in the right industry. You do. And that’s the biggest hurdle to clear. After that, you have to figure out the race on your own because whatever path you chose will be the right one for you.

What is the next step for you? Do you have any other films or projects in production?

I’m in pre-production with my new film “The Bayou” and we are set to shoot this summer. Directing the movie is Gary Fleder, written by Peter Iliff and I will be acting and producing this film with my company Born to Burn Films with co-producing by Millennium Films. We just got our exciting cast attached but we are not allowed to share that information with you yet. However, it is going to be my biggest film I have ever produced yet. Also, another movie that I am acting & producing with my company 7Heaven Productions is spearheading a film called “The Lagoon.” In this suspenseful, adventurous thrill-ride we follow Laura & her friends on a journey to Puerto Rico. Destroyed by Hurricane Maria we find that the island has a bioluminescent bay that can cure cancer through its fungi which glows vibrantly blue. Located deep within the rainforest, only those with a pure soul can survive. We will be shooting this film later this year and I am very excited about it so keep your eyes & ears open for announcements coming soon!

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