Simon Rumley, known for The Living and the Dead and Red White & Blue, premiered his latest genre effort in Austin, Texas for the SXSW Film Festival and Conference. The feature, based on the very real case of Johnny Frank Garrett’s unfair trial and the subsequent effect it had on his home town, bears Rumley’s signature dark vision. It’s a film that will linger with you (review here) particularly because of its true nature.
Rumley isn’t just in town for the premiere, though, as he’s currently preparing to begin filming his next feature, a psychological thriller, in Austin, Texas. Filming is scheduled to begin later this month. Between pre-production and premiere screenings of Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word, Modern Horrors caught up with the busy director to discuss the real Johnny Frank Garrett, production, and the current relevance of his film.