Nottingham-based filmmaker Rich Fisher talks ‘Rich and Ed’s Excellent Adventure’, inspiration from ‘Bill and Ted’ and his love for Nottingham Forest.
Rich Fisher is a lovely chap - tall with scruffy lockdown hair. I met him at the pub for a Pepsi Max to talk about his new film 'Rich and Ed's Excellent Adventure'. Here's my interview with him for LeftLion:
The years went by and Rich and Ed got back to work and the “humdrums of life”. The film wasn’t getting made. Then came the pandemic and lockdown which gave Rich a new drive to get this film made. “The footage was still on an SATA drive in a drawer at my house. We always had a running joke that we had this grand plan to make a film. It had never happened, but one of the benefits of the pandemic was that I spent a lot of time stuck at home. So I felt like I needed projects to keep myself occupied” Rich tells me. “After 6 months chipping away, the film was finally finished in the early part of 2021”.
I met Rich Fisher at the Gamston Lock pub on Saturday April 24th. He’s a lovely chap - tall with scruffy lockdown hair. He’s also a die-hard Nottingham Forest fan which I realised from his recently published book ‘The Church of Stuart Pearce’. “I guess any sort of die-hard fan would probably say the same that they have no choice” he tells me in answer to my question of what keeps him coming back to the team. “They’ve generally been pretty disappointing for the last 20 years, but I only hope they do get back into the premier league at some point in my lifetime, but I can’t see it happening anytime soon”.
When I asked Rich what his favourite place to visit on the Mongol Rally was, he told me Kazakhstan. “I mean if you look at it on a map, it’s a huge country. I mean I’m talking 10 times the size of Britain. But a lot of it was so sparse, it just felt like you were in the absolute wilderness and it was really idiosyncratic. All the people were incredibly welcoming and helpful”.
Rich insists ‘Rich and Ed’s Excellent Adventure’ isn’t the beginning of a long filmmaking career despite my best efforts to press him to tell me otherwise. “I’ve got no ambitions, to be honest. And I’d always say, we’d always had this idea to make films. But I certainly don’t see myself as a filmmaker” he quotes.
In terms of when we can expect to see ‘Rich and Ed’s Excellent Adventure, he says they are doing a private screening at Broadway Cinema in July followed by a Q n’ A. “It’s going to be available to download and also to buy on a USB stick”.
We can all look forward to sharing ‘Rich and Ed’s Excellent Adventure’ then...
‘Rich and Ed’s Excellent Adventure’ is out in July.