Interview by Sydney L Cubbins
I love 'After Hours'! It's the first of (hopefully) many VivThomas series to be written by our very own, and very talented... Rose! The premise is simple enough – it's all about leaving the stresses and worries of the working day behind, as we surrender to the (sexual) embrace of our loved ones – but it's the way that it's been conceptualised and brought to life that makes this film something very special. It's authentic, relatable and sexier than Adriana Lima herself! Suffice it to say, I was intrigued by the minds behind it. So I reached out to Rose, and asked her if I could pass her a few interview questions to answer for our members. She's as kind as she is talented and willingly agreed :) Here's the result :)
Can you tell us a little about the premise of the film? And what it means to you?
‘After Hours’ is all about that moment when you’ve finished work, you’re ready to unwind and have fun, and something happens to trigger that relaxation response within you. It could be kicking off your shoes and throwing your briefcase in the corner, or it could be something romantic, like your lover welcoming you home with a passionate kiss and a glass of something cold! I wanted to capture that moment when a smile from someone makes everything that’s happened during your working day just melt away, and all you can think about is touching that person.
Can you describe your writing process please?
I have all my best ideas in the shower… someone needs to invent a waterproof laptop! Words have always been my passion. I basically write in my head ALL the time – random thoughts, stories, letters, imaginary conversations, you name it! Writing a script was something new though, as I had to be aware of the practicalities of how things work on screen. Having spent time on set with Viv in the past, I think I had a pretty realistic grasp of what could be done. Once I start to write, I go really fast, it’s stream-of-consciousness stuff, and then I have to leave it and go back to it later to see if it’s any good or not!
Are there any influences in the film that we should know about?
I don’t even know where my influences come from – I’ve been a voracious reader since the age of four, and I love movies and big budget TV shows too. Binge-watching entire series is one of my vices! I have magpie tastes, but I’m very picky when it comes to erotica, I can’t stand anything badly written or badly filmed. I definitely thought a lot about what initially drew me to Viv Thomas’ films, and what I found most interesting about them. Chemistry between the girls and genuine passion are really vital to VT productions. Of course, it’s also fun to incorporate personal stuff – things that have happened to me, things I wish had happened to me, situations that turn me on. But you’ll have to guess which parts of ‘After Hours’ are based on my own experiences, I’m not telling!
What was it like to collaborate with new VivThomas director Guy Ranieri Sblattero?
It was amazing! First of all, he’s really creative – he can take an idea and turn it into something infinitely more interesting, just through the way he visualizes it. He’s also really open to new ideas, and wants to listen to the feedback from the members and do what pleases them. That’s very important to me, because it honours Viv’s vision of what he wanted his name to stand for. Writing for Guy is a lot of fun, too! It’s no secret that I have a weakness for Spanish girls – that dates back to attending a Spanish summer school when I was 18! For me, Spanish will always be ‘el lenguaje del amor.’ So as you can imagine, working with a Spanish director who can cast all these Hispanic honeys in the scripts I write is a major case of wish fulfillment!
It’s been many months since we last saw Lorena in a MetArt Films production. How did you (and Guy) entice her to the project?
That was all down to Guy, and I think it was probably his Spanish charm that swung it! Lorena always had a good experience working with Viv Thomas himself in the past, and of course she’s worked for SexArt and MetArt many times too, so she trusted that she was in good hands. When I wrote ‘After Hours,’ I actually had Lorena in mind, but I was too shy to ask – I felt like I was aiming too high! But Guy asked who I wanted for the movie and I finally said Lorena, not dreaming for a moment that he would actually make it happen!
What is your favourite scene from the film? And why?
I like them all for different reasons. Lorena speaking Spanish with Apolonia (who is just adorable!) is very special. The girls in this movie are incredible – Misha Cross is very sexy and edgy and cool, and Anna Siline is really sweet. But the opening scene, with Tracy Lindsay, just blows me away. The physical and emotional connection between Tracy and Lorena is very real, and the sex is super-hot. I will have to watch the whole movie a few more times before I can answer that question!
Do you have plans to continue writing for MetArt Films?
Absolutely! Guy is shooting one of my scripts at the moment, and I am working on more. It’s an absolute buzz to see what he creates from what I write. I want to work more on developing the characters and stories, as that’s what I enjoy watching. And I really appreciate how nice everyone has been about what I’ve done so far. I think the MetArt Network produces high-class erotica that’s in a different league to anything I’ve seen elsewhere, so to play a small part in that process is very exciting.
I hope you enjoyed reading :) As always comments and feedback are welcome, and would be immensely appreciated. If you love Rose and love her writing, please show your support! The more you guys do, the more likely we'll see more of her work in the future! :)