The Brutal Truth

Owen Fitzpatrick


There are so many great New York City moments in this film. How difficult is it to capture some of these shots in public, and on a budget?

Knowing New York quite well was the important thing. After that it just involved a lot of walking and some great decisions by the Director/D.P Paddy O'Shea. We really wanted New York to be the other main character of this because it's such an amazing place.


The Schopenhauer quote, "We forfeit three quarters of ourselves to be like other people," would you consider that to be the thesis of the film?

I think it's certainly related and it was an important point we wanted to make. The main thesis might have been that we often say how important the truth is but don't always face up to it and that there IS a way to face up to even the worse kind of truth and still be okay and learn from it. From there then the way the modern world can often skew things so that so many people try to fit in and ignore what's really going on is something that came from this.


How did you get the sweeping shots of the New York skyline?

We got stock footage and then Paddy worked hard at integrating it seamlessly with the rest of the film.


Did this project start out to challenge the way people interact today?

Yes. There is a huge political correctness out there and a fear of negativity. Robert McKee calls it Negaphobia. So often to save persons feeling we lie and yet all we do much of the time is confuse them and give them false hope or make ourselves feel better. We wanted to examine what happens when you really hear the Brutal Truth and how doing so can actually make us far better, stronger and more confident.


What is so sexy about a secret admirer?

The idea that there is a secret admirer is not only mysterious but it means that you are admired for what the world sees you as being. That is without having to work on making the best possible impression. That's kinda sexy.