Magazine article Screen International

Fantasia 2017: Ted Geoghegan on Survival Thriller 'Mohawk'

Magazine article Screen International

Fantasia 2017: Ted Geoghegan on Survival Thriller 'Mohawk'

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Screen talks to director of We Are Still Here about his follow-up feature.

“200 years later, the events of Mohawk could be contextualised completely into a modern film and nothing would change,” believes writer-director Ted Geoghegan of his second feature film.

Fresh from the success of haunted house hit We Are Still Here, Geoghegan made the bold choice to do a complete 180 from his debut feature for the tense and tragic survival thriller Mohawk, which received its world premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

Co-written with Grady Hendrix, Mohawk is set in 1814 and follows two Mohawks and their British lover as they’re pursued through the forest by American military renegades, determined to avenge the murders of their colleagues by one of the Mohawk warriors.

And though he is not an indigenous North American, Mohawk is a very personal film for Geoghegan, given how it can be related to the United States we see today. “What made the film so personal was making a film about my country and how little it’s changed since it’s been born,” he explains.

“We’re still seeing the complete and utter destruction of Native American lands like what was happening in Standing Rock, and we’re now seeing the horrible racism towards the likes of Middle Eastern people. You could change very little in Mohawk top to bottom and set the film in 2017, and it would still work.”

An authentic approach

As if helping with the film’s authenticity wasn’t enough, Mohawk also marks Horn’s first major role as lead which had a positive effect on her. “It gave me a lot of confidence to say if I didn’t understand something or if I didn’t agree with something or if I have an idea, I had the confidence to step in and say it,” she notes. …

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