In 2008, Soiled Sinema interviewed Dutch filmmaker/producer Nico B. regarding his collaboration with the late, great Rozz Williams on the aberrant arthouse film Pig (1998); a sordid yet solacing depiction of a sadomasochistic relationship between a serial killer (played by Rozz Williams) and his victim. In this second interview, we ask Nico B. about his newest film 1334 (2011) based on true events regarding the ghost of Rozz Williams.
Soiled Sinema: What prompted you to direct 1334 (2011)? Do you consider the film a ‘sequel’ to PIG (1998) or something much deeper?
SS: Rock musician Dante White-Aliano played the main role in 1334. How and why did you end up casting him for the role? Is White-Aliano portraying you or someone else?
SS: You had three different yet physically similar women featured in 1334 in what seems to be the same role as White-Aliano's 'love interest.' What influenced you to cast three different women and who are they?
NB: They are portraying three different lovers to the main character. During the 10 years when Rozz’s spirit appeared, each one of them disappeared for no reason other than that Rozz’s ghost showed himself to them. One of them said she nearly died. Her mother was a medium and she was open to visiting spirits and said she could feel the agony of pain from Rozz hanging himself, the actual strangulation. I thought, what if she actually would have died? So I used that as a metaphor, to answer why the main character in the movie kills himself out of guilt. In reality, how can you prove a ghost kills someone? No one would believe you. So the last scene was inspired by that. As a matter of fact, my good friend, the artist Dame Darcy, had seen Rozz's presence or spirit while she stayed at my house before completing 1334.
SS: Are there any Dutch filmmakers that have influenced you? What are your thoughts on arthouse auteur Frans Zwartjes? How about recent directors like the “Dutch Fassbinder” Edwin Brienen?
SS: What can we expect from you in the future?