We had the opportunity to sit down with one of the lead actors in ‘The Secret’, Robson Lewis. Lewis has begun to make something of a name for himself on the North East independent film scene.
Q: What was it that initially attracted you to the film?
A: Well, at first I was sceptical, but the more I thought about it, the more I was into it, I just think the classic teen drama element drew me in, it’s nostalgic, you know? They just don’t make shows like that anymore, it can’t just be a teen drama, there has to be someone with superpowers or something ridiculous like that, we just want to bring back that classic dramatic element that’s been missing for some years now.
Q: You’ve done quite a few independent films now, how did this stack up?
A: Yeah, I mean, it’s taken a few years but I feel like I’m finally starting to make a name for myself, at least locally, anyway. But this project was a lot of fun, I got on really well with the rest of the cast, particularly Lilith (my co-star), we spend a lot of time together, obviously, and when it’s with someone you enjoy spending time with then that makes it so much better, I was privileged enough to work with a hugely talented cast and crew who are like a big family, they’ve done a lot of films and they’re so tightly knit, it’s been a great experience getting to know and work with them all.
Q: There are rumours that this film has been picked up by The Little Picturehouse, is this true?
A: Well the crew wanted to enter it into a competition hosted by The Little Picturehouse so they’ll definitely be showing it, as for whether they continue to show it will depend on how well the film does in the competition.
Q: Are you confident that the film will win, then?
A: Confident, maybe. Hopeful, definitely, we all worked so hard on this project and to see it achieve that degree of success, I know it would mean the absolute world to everyone, after all, it’s a labour of love, and we all feel that it’s something to be proud of. To have such a well-respected chain recognise one of your films and even to actually pick it up, is just a dream come true. I’ve been working for years to try and get some recognition, and to finally receive that recognition would be amazing for me.
Q: How did it feel going back to school?
A: [chuckles] It was an experience, to say the least. It was a lot of fun actually, I had a good time at school overall and being back in a high school brought back some good memories. I’m not sure how the rest of the crew felt though!
Q: One last question, what would you say is your favourite film?
A: That’s a tough one, but I’d probably have to say Dazed and Confused, it’s just such a classic, and the whole 70s vibe really sets it apart from other films.