Legendary writer/director Jack Hill recently was invited to attend the first edition of Offscreen Film festival. This on account of an ‘In person tribute’ to his work.
An interview with Mr. Hill in the red seats of Cinema Nova…
During his early days as a film-maker, Jack Hill collaborated numerous times with Roger Corman. Generally regarded as one of the most talented directors in exploitation cinema and sometimes referred to as the Godfather of Blaxploitation, Jack Hill put his career on pause somewhere during the early 80′s. He still remains a well-respected cult director, and can claim credit to having invented the ‘Women In Prison’ genre and discovering actress Pam Grier during the 70′s. Cult actor Sid Haig also worked with Hill on various movies, as did legendary horror icons like Lon Chaney Jr. and Boris Karloff.
Quentin Tarantino calls himself as one of Hill‘s n°1 fans and even helped finance a re-release of Switchblade Sisters. With all this renewed interest in his career, Mr. Hill also refound his love for writing and filmmaking, and is now working on various new projects.
This interview was shot on the 29th of February 2008 in Brussels (Belgium). The footage in this video was taken from a 30 min (aprox.) interview; due to publishing formats this presentation is the 5 min edit.
(Interview conducted by Gert Verbeeck)
(Photo by Barbara Peremans)