Red is not about the color as it is the past tense of the word read. That is the only reason I stuck with the title even if so many other foreign films have used this title. Red is about words. Red is about how people read context of stories told to them and how they act according to what was told to them. That is my fascination with this story and why Red is written as such.
There are a lot of talking and words on this film. Ha! Good luck viewers.
Is it based on a true story? Yes and no. A lot of the events in the film are based on real events that I’ve known growing up—some happened to my friends, some to people I know, some to myself. They’re not all connected as in the film Red, that part is fiction. But the characters are written based on real people I know. Some of the names of people I’ve kept just as tribute to my friends, people who’s names I just found interesting enough to be on film.
How much of Red is real and how much is fiction? Gossip is real. If you find someone who’s never been a victim of gossip, they are the luckiest people on this planet.
I’m certain you’re all saying to yourself, “oh no, another art film”. Well, we set out to do just the opposite. This is not an art film, (no offense to art films). We actually set the bar at entertaining people with this film. And I sure hope we achieve it.