-Interview by Nic Brown-
actress Kacey Barnfield knew what she wanted to do from an early
age: act. Her mother supported her and got her into acting classes.
Her talents showed through and Kacey was cast in BBC’s long running
school drama “Grange Hill”. She and her character, Maddie Gilkes,
grew up in front of the camera and on television screens across
Nic - Kacey, your new film JABBERWOCK is getting ready to premiere on the SyFy channel. Can you tell us a little about it?
Kacey - JABBERWOCK is medieval creature feature about a small village attacked by a dragon-like monster, right out of the work of Lewis Carroll. I play Anabel. She’s the love interest of Francis (Tahmoh Penikett) who, along with his brother Alec (Michael Worth), have to save the village from the monster. I start out as kind of a reserved character, but towards the end, I get to kick some butt, so that was really fun.
Nic - JABBERWOCK, like a lot of sci-fi and horror films today, features computer-generated images and special effects, especially for the monsters. Do you find it difficult to work with something that isn’t there?
Kacey - Well I’ve worked on quite a few films that
used CGI, like RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE and
It is interesting though because the image you get in your head when you’re making the film is very different from the one that the tech guys put together in the finished film. A lot of times, unless we have an advanced showing or get to see a rough cut, we don’t get to see the monster any sooner than the audience when the film premieres.
Nic - Where did you shoot JABBERWOCK?
Kacey - We filmed for three weeks in
It’s also different when you go as part of a film project because you’re there with the rest of the cast and crew and it’s almost like a little bubble. You get to bond with everyone on the set and everyone working on JABBERWOCK was great so we became close working together.
Nic - You’ve been doing quite a few features this year. You did another SyFy original film earlier this year called ROADKILL didn’t you?
Kacey - Yes I did. It aired last April and I believe
it was just released on DVD. It’s kind of a JEEPERS CREEPERS type
movie. We filmed it in
Nic - Despite the fact that you have been in so many horror and sci-fi films, that’s not where you got your start is it?
Kacey - No, I actually started on television back in
Nic - Was it tough for you to make the change from playing the same character over and over for so long, to working in films where you don’t stick with one character for more than the film?
Kacey - Well it’s different, but it’s all part of being an actor, learning to become the characters. On “Grange Hill”, I literally grew up in front of the camera, so in some ways that character became a part of me. But then you do films and you have to find those characters too, and you don’t have years to do it either.
It was great experience though, and it allowed me to graduate to
doing film, and then I had the opportunity to come to
Nic - Do you have any other projects in the works now that you might want to talk about?
Kacey - Actually, I’m talking with Michael Worth
about doing an independent project with him that he’d like to start
Nic - We’ve been talking movies and acting, but what do you like to do when you’re not in front of the camera?
Kacey - I love to travel. But you know I’m also a bit
of a home body. I especially enjoy getting back to
Nic - Oh, what do you like to write?
Kacey - I’ve done some poetry, and I’m also about
half way finished with a novel I’ve been working on for about three
years. Recently I’ve started working on film scripts too. I mean I’m