Recent Episodes

101: Crown and Anchor - An interview with Andrew Rowe and Matt Wells

101: Crown and Anchor - An interview with Andrew Rowe and Matt Wells

This week, Becky sits down with Matt Wells and Andrew Rowe to talk about their careers to date, independent filmmaking in Canada, and their latest film, Crown and Anchor. Dark, intense, gritty, and with a killer soundtrack, you can check out Crown and Anchor when it opens in theatres in Toronto and St. John's August 24th, or on VOD after that. Check out the website for more information.

This week's end credit music is Straight Edge Revenge, by Project X.


On this week's show

Matt Wells is a Canadian actor, writer and musician born in St John's Newfoundland. 

Known for playing a twisted detective in the award winning art-horror film "Scars", and TV roles in "Rogue", "Bitten" and "Beauty & the Beast", Matt Wells is a Canadian actor, writer, and musician born in St. John's, Newfoundland. As a Gemini nominated music and film journalist/interviewer Matt spent 10 years cultivating the people-reading skills that he continues to obsess over in his life as an actor, but it all began with music....

Matt's path began writing songs and fronting the notorious Newfoundland punk/metal band Bucket Truck; releasing 4 albums, 10 self-produced music videos, and traveling the world sharing the stage with bands like Slayer, Damage Plan, and D.O.A. This journey directly led to him embarking on a career as an acclaimed music/film journalist for Much Music, M3, Bravo and MTV where Matt has interviewed everyone from The Police, Quentin Tarantino and John Lydon to Lou Reed, Ben Kingsley and Lady Gaga. After hosting 2 new projects produced by Mark Burnett and MGM Television and touring Canada as a solo artist, Matt shifted focus in 2016 to making movies when he co-wrote and starred in the bravoFACT supported short-film "Poison in the Water" and the feature film "Crown and Anchor" - both set for a 2017 release.

   Andrew Rowe   has always been obsessed with movies. As a five year-old child he believed the greatest job anyone could have was to work at a video store; not because of the free rentals, but because he thought they created the movies there. Eventually he discovered how films were actually made and what the role of a director was. This created an even stronger obsession with film as he realized individual directors imprinted their personal technique onto the films they made. He began watching as many films as he could find by directors such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Jonathan Demme, Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter and many more. Becoming a writer and director of films became his focus.  Following the completion of a B.A. in history in 2006, Andrew moved from his hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia with the intention of attending film school. However, upon speaking to past students and current instructors he decided to withdraw from school, believing it was not the best way to discover one's creative voice. It seemed more like a trade school, preparing students to take jobs on underwhelming TV and commercial sets, as opposed to empowering them to be the next wave of innovative filmmakers. So he invested his tuition money in equipment and set about learning by doing. He started out writing comedy sketches that could be easily filmed for little money. In 2008 he formed the comedy troupe Wild Driver and over the next several years he would write, direct, edit, and perform in over 25 digital shorts. As he learned the craft of filmmaking he began moving more towards short films as opposed to sketches.  In 2011, Andrew entered the Vancouver 24-Hour Film Festival and was awarded Best Writing and Best Acting Ensemble for his film Lies. His film was also the only one to place in the audience's top five (fifth) and the judges' top five (second). In 2012, his script for Sleepy Stories was one of six chosen to be made by the Crazy8s Film Event. It was a standout film and it went on to screen at the Whistler Film Festival and Atlantic Film Festival. Beginning in 2013, Andrew took two years off to focus on becoming a husband and father and to hone his skills as a writer.  In December of 2014 his script and pitch won him the prestigious MPPIA Short Film Award, which is the largest short film bursary in Canada. The resulting film was Vehicular Romanticide, his most ambitious film to date. The film went on to screen at various film festivals where it won multiple awards.  Andrew's first feature film, Crown and Anchor, is set for a fall 2017 debut.

Andrew Rowe has always been obsessed with movies. As a five year-old child he believed the greatest job anyone could have was to work at a video store; not because of the free rentals, but because he thought they created the movies there. Eventually he discovered how films were actually made and what the role of a director was. This created an even stronger obsession with film as he realized individual directors imprinted their personal technique onto the films they made. He began watching as many films as he could find by directors such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Jonathan Demme, Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter and many more. Becoming a writer and director of films became his focus.

Following the completion of a B.A. in history in 2006, Andrew moved from his hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia with the intention of attending film school. However, upon speaking to past students and current instructors he decided to withdraw from school, believing it was not the best way to discover one's creative voice. It seemed more like a trade school, preparing students to take jobs on underwhelming TV and commercial sets, as opposed to empowering them to be the next wave of innovative filmmakers. So he invested his tuition money in equipment and set about learning by doing. He started out writing comedy sketches that could be easily filmed for little money. In 2008 he formed the comedy troupe Wild Driver and over the next several years he would write, direct, edit, and perform in over 25 digital shorts. As he learned the craft of filmmaking he began moving more towards short films as opposed to sketches.

In 2011, Andrew entered the Vancouver 24-Hour Film Festival and was awarded Best Writing and Best Acting Ensemble for his film Lies. His film was also the only one to place in the audience's top five (fifth) and the judges' top five (second). In 2012, his script for Sleepy Stories was one of six chosen to be made by the Crazy8s Film Event. It was a standout film and it went on to screen at the Whistler Film Festival and Atlantic Film Festival. Beginning in 2013, Andrew took two years off to focus on becoming a husband and father and to hone his skills as a writer.

In December of 2014 his script and pitch won him the prestigious MPPIA Short Film Award, which is the largest short film bursary in Canada. The resulting film was Vehicular Romanticide, his most ambitious film to date. The film went on to screen at various film festivals where it won multiple awards.

Andrew's first feature film, Crown and Anchor, is set for a fall 2017 debut.

102: Mean Girls (2004) with Kate Barron

102: Mean Girls (2004) with Kate Barron

100: The Pyx (1973) with Jimmy Weaver

100: The Pyx (1973) with Jimmy Weaver