I’d gone to Mexico in April looking for a story to tell and wasn’t quite sure what it would be. But I think the idea just presented itself to me – the Trump piñata is brilliantly ridiculous with a very certain destiny and Donald Trump was starting to gain more and more traction.
However, at this point nobody could believe he would ever be a front-runner, but as the film production progressed, it because more and more scarily certain. The conversations we had throughout the process of the filmmaking were quite incredible – no one could believe quite what was happening in the world whilst we were sticking a Trump piñata on the back of motorbike.
Because the Trump campaign was evolving I had to allow for the story and the film to evolve a little. It was in our second serious cut of the film when I realized with the editors that it would be great to get a Trump impersonator in there. I rang my friend Rupert Degas, nicknamed ‘man of a 1000 voices’, to see if he’d been working on a Trump impression and that is where the fun really began. We had a Trump mouthpiece we had complete control over.
And so why now? Well I just wanted to get the film finished as fast as we could, it needed to be out there for people to see. Alongside the team at Madrefoca, we were clear about our purpose – this was a film for people to engage with and share, rather than it being held back for film festival purposes.
The Kinsale Sharks festival champions work that actually has been seen, and the incredible response there has given us a great platform to launch the film online coinciding with the first presidential debate. I think the film has come at a time when the rest of the world is sitting holding its breath as we wait for the American people to do what they feel is right for their country. And it’s such a nerve-racking thing, that maybe we could all do with some light relief!