Inspired by 80s nostalgia and the films that marked the
iconic decade, the Canadian film collective RKSS (Roadkill Superstars), formed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell, created a colorful
homage titled “Turbo Kid.” In this post-apocalyptic tale a comic-book fan will
become a hero to survive in a land filled with strange enemies and a few peculiar allies.
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Here are our 7 questions with filmmakers the RKSS Collective
Films that play in NEXT FEST are characterized by their wildly inventive approach to storytelling. What would you say is your personal approach to
RKSS: As much as our visual is inspired by movies that marked our childhood, our approach to storytelling was inspired by these same titles, we’re thinking
about eighties friendship and coming of age story structure, such as The Goonies or The Neverending Story, and it was driven by a really strong heart
which is the friendship and love story between our two main characters, leaving the action and gore be the gravy.
As a filmmaker working on the digital age, what are some of the major challenges you have experienced that you think filmmakers before didn’t have to
RKSS: The main challenge was probably to achieve a genuine look that would be coherent with our inspirations while using some of the latest digital
technologies. Apart from that, we used practical effects, and really used the vfx to our advantage and to assist what was already there.
Do you think theatrical distribution is still the ultimate goal for filmmakers today? After all cinema was meant to be experience on the big screen right?
RKSS: In our opinion it is! Nothing beats the cinema experience, sitting with a bunch of movie fans, it’s really the way to go!
What do you think the role of festivals like Sundance in Park City or NEXT FEST is in terms helping filmmakers reach their audience?
RKSS: Sundance and NEXT FEST were for our movie and our career a huge push. It made us connect with a wider audience, not only limited to hardcore genre
fans, and media, and people from the industries around the world. The exposure for the movie and us was insane, and it’s the best place to start a
What do you think is a crucial quality filmmakers have to have today to survive all the obstacles and get their films made and seen?
RKSS: Be creative, passionate and confident! You’ve got a vision and you’re swimming against the tide, you need to solve problems everyday, making sure to
protect both your vision and the story!
What are your thoughts on the musical act or speaker that will accompany your film? How do you think this extra feature will enhance the audience’s
RKSS: It’s simply going to be RAD! We really think they are the best match for “Turbo Kid,” and even ourselves, it’ll be the best 80’s throwback party ever!
What are some films that you’ve loved this year so far or that you are excited to see when they come out?
RKSS: Traveling to all these amazing festivals around the world, we thought we’d had the chance to watch tons of movies. Unfortunately we soon realized the
schedules rarely let us! But we’ve got the opportunity to see some really cool stuff happening, like “It Follows,” or more recently “Moonwalkers”! As soon
as the movie stops touring, we’ll need to catch up for sure, and we’ll be looking forward to see the next Tarantino movie as well!