– where were you born, where did you grow up, where do you live now?
Julia: Edmonton, Alberta. London, England.
Samantha: Runaway, Bay – St. Anne’s, Jamaica. Ottawa & Toronto, Ontario. Montréal, Quebec.
– first film you made, and where and when?
Julia: Emma Change The Locks, 2015, London
Samantha: The Runaway – Los Angeles- 2003…ish.
– latest film you made, and where and when?
Julia: Forgotten Principals, London, 2019
Samantha: – Quinte West-Ontario. 2017
– describe your current living space
Julia: I’m in lockdown in an apartment with two housemates in East London. It’s a quiet old flat with lots of windows and wood floors (most UK places have carpet and I’m relieved not to!)
Samantha: It’s a large one-bedroom condo in Old Montréal. I have a juliette balcony, with wonderful sunlight all day. A shared garden below with a pond, so I get to hear the sound of water all day. It’s so peaceful.
– what Canadian would you challenge to make an isolation movie?
Julia: Cadence Weapon – Amazing rapper and former Poet Laureate in Alberta
Samantha: Bruny Surin – One of Canada’s greatest athletes!
– In the history of cinema whose isolation movie would you want to see?
Julia: Agnès Varda
Samantha: Andy Lau
– worst thing about being in isolation?
Julia: separation from loved ones
Samantha: not being able to touch another person
– best thing about being in isolation?
Julia: priorities become clearer
Samantha: lots of time for self reflection
– favourite book to read in isolation?
Julia: Weather, by Jenny Offill (although Samantha’s title is very intriguing!)
Samantha: My Sister, The Serial Killer: A Novel
– favourite music to listen to in isolation?
Samantha: Anything by Jorja Smith
– favourite movies to watch in isolation?
Julia: Corpo Celeste, Witness, Woman At War
Samantha: Shaolin, Mulan, Knives Out, Joker, The Shawshank Redemption
– favourite meal in isolation?
Julia: Baked Sweet Potato with any filling
Samantha: Thai Shrimp with rice noodles
– what’s the last best thing you cooked?
Aubergine and Coconut Curry
Butternut Squash Curry