Actress and producer, Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott, is working hard to control her own destiny. Whether it’s handpicking scripts, acting roles, or producing films, Jeannine has her hand in every aspect of the business. This talented woman is holding nothing back in this interview!
I’m about to shoot two horror movies pretty much back to back for Red Shadow Studios, both written by Adam Stephen Kelly who wrote one of my favourite previous projects “Nemesis”. The first is directed by SJ Evans and the second by Phil Claydon. I’ve not met SJ yet but I’ve met Phil a couple of times and he’s just brilliant, a really switched on, empathetic film literate director.
- What was your favorite memory from being on set?
From Renegades? I had a lot of fun working with the legendary Stephanie Beacham – our scene was the first one on the first day of filming so the pressure was on but she was a joy. She’d been a hero of mine as far back as I can remember and she was so lovely and professional. That’s what stood out on Renegades – the caliber of the cast – Lee Majors, Louis Mandylor, Ian Ogilvy, Patsy Kensit… it was amazing.
- You are also one of the founders of Shogun Films. What made you want to start producing content?
My husband – Jonathan Sothcott – is a very well known British independent film producer and has been doing these films for years. He was quite fed up with the business before we set up with Shogun but I felt that together we could chart a different course and just focus on making some really cool movies. Our first Shogun film, “Nemesis”, is one I’m really proud of – it had a strong female cast, a largely female crew and gave me an opportunity to play a really ballsy woman in a traditionally male-dominated genre.
- What do you love about being a producer?
The great thing about Shogun is that we’re like a family. Billy Murray and Nick Moran, who both starred in “Nemesis” and “Renegades”, were at my wedding – in fact Billy gave me away! We have fostered relationships with an incredibly passionate, talented group of collaborators on both sides of the Atlantic because we love the genres we operate in – action, horror, thrillers – and want to make the best possible contributions to them.
- How do you balance your producing duties with your acting duties when you are on set?
When I’m acting I’m acting but when I’m not I’ll pitch in any which way I can, be it getting the lunch, hiring and firing, driving actors to and from set – anything. In low budget movies we all have to pitch in, there is no room for ego!
- You seem to work a lot! What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?
I am quite a homebody. I love spending time with my husband and children and our beautiful cocker spaniel Barney Dog who we love walking on the beach. I go to the gym a lot, I’m very health conscious, I play the piano and I love watching movies (we are old school and still watch blu rays).
- What are your upcoming projects?
After the horror movies there’s a Western called “Reckoning Day”, written by Robert Dunn and that will be directed by the brilliant Brandon Slagle. There are a couple of other horrors in the offing too, one based on Bram Stoker’s book Jewel of Seven Stars and a female revenge movie… it is a tough time for indie movies but an exciting one.
- Where can we follow you on social media?
I’m on Instagram (@jeaninenerissa), Twitter (@JeanineNerissaS) and Facebook (@JeanineNerissaActress) but I think they are all steadily becoming less relevant – everything on Instagram is contrived from the fake followers and comments to the photoshopping and on twitter people just seem to want to argue. I think it has peaked to be honest, at least in its present form and that we’ll see a new way of promoting ourselves and what we do in the near future, if for no other reason than to differentiate between what’s real and human and AI. Life moves so fast at the moment and it’s very hard to predict the future.