Before I Change My Mind With Trevor Anderson


Trevor Anderson: My name is Trevor Anderson, and I’m here with Vaughan Murrae, and we’re at the Locarno Film Festival with our movie Before I Change My Mind. Before I Change My Mind is a coming of age story set in 1987 in western Canada on the prairies. New kid Robin walks into their new school and all of the other students are abuzz. “Is that a boy or a girl?” “I have no idea.” And the mean kid pushes Robin up against the tree. “What are you?” And by the end of the movie, the question are you a boy or a girl has been abandoned unanswered. And the question, what are you? Because the more important question. Robin, has to decide what kind of person they’re going to be.

Trevor Anderson: I grew up in that part of the world. Alberta, Canada, in that time period, the eighties. And this movie started very autobiographic and then became semi autobiographical and then became more semi then autobiographical and then became fiction. So I feel like it’s still a true portrait of how I felt at that age, but not a true story of what happened.

Trevor Anderson: We had a rule for our eighties influence in the movie No Rubik’s Cubes, because I feel like every movie you see now, that set in the eighties, there’s Rubik’s Cubes. There’d be one here somewhere. They’re everywhere. And they’re always, like, beside the hero’s bed when the hero wakes up. Always. And so I had this really firm role, No Rubik’s Cubes, which was also my thumbnail way of saying, like, not the really obvious eighties, let’s get the, like, the really lived details from the eighties. There’s a musical in the middle of the movie, which is a community theater, very eighties, MTV kind of esthetic. And that’s when my co-writer, Fish, we made him come out and be part of the cast and bow dressed as a giant Rubik’s Cube. So that was our nod to finally we can have one Rubik’s Cube, but my co-writer has to wear it.

Trevor Anderson: Before my job was film director, my job was touring punk rock dummer, and directing movies is a much more comfortable profession. But I wanted to stay in touch with my old bandmate Lyle. So we, Fish and I, the writers of the movie also wrote the lyrics. And then Lyle from the band put them to music. So it was still an opportunity to collaborate with my old band mate and make this satire of Jesus Christ Superstar told from Mary Magdalene’s point of view. The way Jesus Christ Superstar is really very seventies flavored, Mary Magdalene Video Star is very like Cyndi Lauper MTV.