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Meet the Suspects of After Nightfall: Justine

Our penultimate Q&A comes from the killer herself, Jacinta Moses as mum-turned-murderer, Justine.

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Congratulations on your performance in the series! I think many viewers (myself included) were completely stunned at the revelation that Justine was the killer. How on earth did you keep the secret so long?
Thanks. It was really hard at first because Wayne and I were the only two who knew during Season 1. It was particularly hard keeping it from my family. But I knew it had to be done and keeping the secret has certainly paid off.

How did you become involved with After Nightfall and what made you want to be part of it?
I have worked with Wayne before, so I already knew it was going to be great. I really love Wayne’s writing, so when he put out the call for actors I quickly put my hand up.

Specifically, how did knowing you were the killer influence your performance?
It underlined everything I did. As an actor I had to look at the motivations for my character and why she might take the actions she did. It was hard for me as a person to justify her actions but as an actor it was a huge challenge. I had to look at why would Justine act like this. Ultimately, she convinced herself that she did it for Colin and she didn’t want to lose her life with him. The irony of it though, is that, by killing Troy she destroyed the life she was trying to keep.

What do you think Justine was thinking throughout Seasons 1 and 2, with her husband trying to solve the case, a major investigation, and the whole town under suspicion, when all along it was her?
I think Justine was delusional as well as frightened. Troy’s death was not premeditated, it came out of a moment of panic. I think she wanted everything to go away but things kept spiralling out of control. Things kept happening – she killed Simon, she needed to work out if Brenda knew anything and then Colin got arrested. She was a complex character in the sense that she really did love her family but totally ruined it in a moment of fear/panic.

Now that Justine’s gone, what do you think will happen to the surviving family members after all this? Do you think there’s any hope they could possibly rebuild their lives?
The family were already struggling because of Troy’s death and the death of Justine will only have exacerbated this. I think Isobel was already on a wayward path and Justine’s death will only push her to do more extreme things. Quintin will be pushed closer to Uncle Dave and his world. I think Colin would struggle and be upset but at the same time I don’t think he would have been able to cope with Justine if she lived. After all she killed his favourite son, Troy.

What do you love most about the role you played?
I loved playing the villain. I never get picked to play them. 

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned or taken away from this project, either personally or professionally?
As an actor you are always analysing and learning on the job. Working on camera is not something I have done a lot of so I feel like I learnt a great deal from Season 1 to Season 2. It is such a great medium but very different to the theatre work I have done. Also, I really did enjoy the challenge of playing the villain and working out what makes a person like Justine behave the way she did. 

What’s next for you?
I have two films coming out soon.The film Fragmentary is being released on Oct 21st this year and the film According to Otto will be released next year.

And finally, how did your family react when they saw the episode?
My family were shocked. My husband feels like he needs to sleep with one eye open! My twin sister was truly shocked and my daughter saw another side of her mum.

Meet the Suspects of After Nightfall: Troy

As we start to wind up the After Nightfall saga, it’s fitting that the beginning of the end is with none other than Troy McLeavey himself, Nick Sinclair.

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After Nightfall is a huge ensemble cast of interesting and complex characters. Tell us about your character and role in the series and how they fit into the story.My characters name is Troy McLeavey. I guess you could say he is the catalyst for the entire show. When my character died it set off a chain reaction that started the show. He is the joining link between all the characters in the multi-stranded narrative set up.

How did you become involved with After Nightfall and what made you want to be part of it?

I got involved after doing Wayne’s play Bitch at the Depot Theatre. Once we had finished the run, I got an email asking if I would be interested in working on Wayne’s first ever web series. Of course I wasn’t going to let it pass! After reading the first episode I couldn’t wait to be involved.

What made you get into acting?
I started acting when I was about 8 years old and I haven’t really stopped. I love being able to play different people and explore different emotions. It’s the job where you can have a million different jobs and embody a million different lives.

What is your favourite memory on set?
My favourite memory from set was probably the first day. We went out to the back of Blacktown and into a park. But as I was driving there my car broke down on the middle of the motorway. I had to leave it on the side of the road and then go straight into makeup to shoot my first scene, which was my body being discovered in the ditch. It was an awesome shoot but then I spent the next 3 days trying get my car to work, she’s gone to the great scrapyard in the sky.

Were you shocked by the killer’s reveal in Season 2?
When I first read the script I was surprised but not shocked. I had a weird feeling that it may have been someone in the family so I was pleased that I got that part right. It certainly wasn’t my first choice of murderer, but I had been keeping my eye on them. What I didn’t expect was how Troy would be killed and for what reason. It was a real shock to find out about the love affair.

What do you love most about the role you played?
I really loved standing behind people looking creepy! Haha. I know that’s strange but I just enjoyed being this presence that only one other character could see. It was like we were doing a different scene to everyone else. I also love the flashback episode where I got to be alive and talking, it was really satisfying to interact with all these characters that Troy had a relationship with after almost 2 seasons of being dead.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned or taken away from this project, either personally or professionally?
I learnt about the importance of community. It’s a real eye opener being on set, because everybody has a job to do and everyone wants to do the best job they can. There are always a million more crew than cast and they work incredibly hard to make us look good. They are the backbone of the entire shoot and I really loved getting to see that side of the process.

What’s next for you?
I’ve just finished a one man show which I am looking at touring to multiple fringe festivals, and I’m just about to start on a new theatre in education project!