||Filming on the Prince of Chaos sequences took
place in Snowdonia in Wales. Cantwell was keen
to make the footage shine, “We wanted those
scenes to look like they were from a big budget,
epic Hollywood production like GOT or Lord of the Rings,
so we put a lot of our resources into them. We
were operating on a very tight budget, so had to
be quite clever to give the film within a film
high production value.
We brought in a friend of mine, actor Eoin
Macken. He was friendly with horse master Dylan
Jones from his time on Merlin, so he helped us put
that together.” Macken’s star is on the rise in
the US, as he currently plays the lead in hit
new NBC series The Night Shift - which
coincidentally filmed in New Mexico, where The Callback Queen's
six screening run took place.
| “If you believe in
serendipity, there have been lots of little
coincidences and connections between our film
and Game of
Thrones”, continues Cantwell, “Our
leading man Mark Killeen went on to play a
significant role in season three as Mero, a vile
mercenary who insults Daenerys, the Mother of
Dragons. Also, one of the Dothraki warriors on
the show originally auditioned for the part of
Prince Cal, which Eoin plays. So it’s wonderful
that the whole story has come full circle. It’s
a great honour to be recognised by someone of
George’s calibre, his support means a lot for an
independent production like ours.”
| As Kate's story
progresses through the film, she meets the
author chracter Horatio King, based on Martin.
The finale of the film culminates in scenes
filmed at the BFI Cinema in London's Southbank.
Kate is doing a post screening Q&A for her
movie, which also foreshadowed the real life
events which followed.
There is even a dinner party scene with the
characters of Kate and Horatio and the director
Catalano during which they discuss the series of
books and become acquainted.
“Over two years
after first envisioning The Callback Queen,
imagine how surreal it was to be sitting in a
lively Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe, with the
actress from my story, and the real George R. R.
Martin himself. It definitely felt like Life
imitating Art. From earliest casting to the
North American Premiere, it's been an incredible