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Nathan Bryon is bringing 'Reality' to our TV screens

PICTURED: Nathan Bryon

Q: So the last time we spoke, you just premiered season one of Reality and was off to Spain to film Benidorm! How did the filming go?

Nathan Bryon: It’s just the best job in the world! I get to work with the best actors, the best script, the best directors, and I was in Spain for five months getting way to much money – it was great and I loved it.

Q: What else have you been doing since we last spoke?

Nathan Bryon: I’ve been busy! Whilst I was shooting Benidorm in Spain, I also write for a kids show on CBeebies called Apple Tree House. It’s a fifteen-minute action drama for kids, but it’s the sickest one! Also, I previewed a new show at Edinburgh Fringe and signed a three-book deal with Penguin. I’m just finishing up the first book now, and doing other little bits and bobs which I’m currently developing.

Tell us a bit about the production process behind season two of Reality and how have you elevated it from season one?

Nathan Bryon: Production wise, it’s a lot bigger as I put more money into it. It’s completely self-funded so instead of going to nice restaurants, I’ve deciding to make films. So we had a bigger crew to edit, colourgrade and sound mix in the way I want. And visually, the quality of the films are great. Also I got a bigger team; this year I used four different directors who did two episodes each, and what we’re trying to do now is link up each episode so there’s a common thread.

Q: How was it to take a step back from the director’s seat and give that power to someone else?

Nathan Bryon: It was great. All the directors I love and trust. So it was nice to hand that over and I think the product is 100% better for it.

Q: Walk us through the different themes explored in season two of Reality, and how you decided them

Nathan Bryon: One thing I’ve learnt is that you can’t instantly respond to things like the NFL/Trump situation – I did that last year, I tried to instantly respond but the problem is by the time you’ve filmed, edited and are ready to screen it, it’s old news. So this year, I tried to focus on broader themes, so they’re topics we’ve been talking about for ages or they’re constantly in our chat. I’ve written an episode about Grenfell because that is ongoing and is something that’s never going to leave the community. I grew up in west London and that was my area so it devastated me. Also we did another episode on catcalling, black Jesus as well as racist pornography.

Q: For season two, did you face the same challenges you had in season one or did they evolve or change into something different?

Nathan Bryon: I think there’s challenges non-stop when you’re making any film; are you going to meet your script deadline? Are people going to like what you’ve written? Do you have enough money to self fund it and live in London There’s countless, so I just had to learn how to deal with those challenges and having producers this time around definitely helped.

Q: For those who haven't seen Reality, how would you best describe the show to convince them to watch?

Nathan Bryon: I would say: See the conversations you have with your friends, whether that’s at the office, in an Uber, at the back of the bus or at a posh restaurant? - those conversations that are raw, unfiltered and are free are not seen in there entirety in any form of British media. That’s why you should watch Reality, because it shows the real conversations we’re having on a wider scale– plus its jokes.

Attend the Screening of Reality Season 2.0 on Thursday 24 October at BFI Southbank. Free tickets available here.

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