Culver City Film Festival 2018 - Cyanide Love


Marilyn, an introverted young woman, is obsessed with Nathan Laske, the lead singer of a rock band. On the way home from a show she meets her idol on the street. Marlyn starts a dangerous relationship with the singer and allows her fantasies to run wild.

Interview with Writer/Director Catherine Delaloye


Congratulations! Why did you make your film?

I wanted to make a film with a strong female lead that tackles obsession and fantasy from a female perspective. ‘How far will you go to get the object of your desire?’ These are all questions that I ask within this short film. Fame is a dangerous thing and being attracted to someone because of their fame or status can sometimes lead you a very dark path. Cyanide love explores the psychological impact of fandom on mental health.

Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?

Cyanide Love is a film with a strong message that combines really great visuals with an incredibly impressive soundtrack. The film deals with the darker side of human sexuality and psyche and creates an almost surreal and dream like state. I would love for people to leave the film feeling entertained, but more importantly questioning their own relationship with sex and fame.

Cyanide Love

Cyanide Love

How do personal and universal themes work in your film?

We’ve all been obsessed with someone at one point or another. It’s part of the human experience. The more unattainable that person is the bigger our obsession grows. I hope this film can act as a warning not to fall for someone simply because of their status or fame.

How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development?

In the first draft of the script, Nathan (Cameron Moir) was originally going to be an actor. However, I turned the character into a rockstar soon after as I really wanted to add my love of music into the film. The script changed a lot in postproduction. It’s a very different movie now then what I had originally written. My producer Mariana Trevino and composer Daniele Panza were both a huge part of crafting the film.

What type of feedback have you received so far?

So far people have been very supportive of the film. The film has gotten a lot of praise for its unique storytelling.

Cyanide Love

Cyanide Love

Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?

Not so far. Everyone has been very kind.

What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on

It would be great to have an opportunity for more people to hear about this film in hopes to opening up a conversation about the dangers of fandom.

Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?

I would love more journalists to watch our film and to help us attract a wider audience. We’re currently trying to get the film into more festivals, so fingers crossed we continue a successful festival run.

What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?

I hope they leave the theatre wanting more.

Cyanide Love

Cyanide Love

What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?

How is social media changing the way we view celebrities? And is social media creating a false reality of who these people are?

Would you like to add anything else?

There’s a lot of talent in this short film. And I’d love for everyone to check out their other work. From our talented DP Nicolas Lopez. to my Producer Mariana Trevino and composer Daniele Panza, and, of course, our two lead actors Cameron Moir and Jordan Monaghan.

What other projects are the key creatives developing or working on now?

We’ve just released a Dark christmas short called “From The Heart” and it’s now live on Vimeo. Mariana Trevino and I have launched a woman-run production company called Female Voices Rock and have a couple of feature films in the making. You can check out our work at


Interview: December 2018

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Cyanide love

Marilyn, an introverted young woman, is obsessed with Nathan Laske, the lead singer of a rock band. On the way home from a show she meets her idol on the street. Marlyn starts a dangerous relationship with the singer and allows her fantasies to run wild.


Director: Catherine Delaloye

Producer: Mariana Trevino

Writer: Catherine Delaloye

Composer: Daniele Panza

About the writer, director and producer:

CATHERINE DELALOYE (writer/director) is an award winning writer, actress, and director who has worked on multiple short and feature films. She’s worked alongside Russel Brand, Richard Curtis and James Franco. She’s a co-founder of Female Voices Rock, a production company aimed at promoting women in the film industry. FVR is working on a couple of feature films and a pilot.

MARIAN TREVINO (producer) is a Mexican filmmaker, who has worked on multiple short and feature films. She won a Cannes Lions award in 2011 and is currently based in NYC. She’s the co-founder of FVR.

DANIELE PANZA (composer) NYC based guitarist, composer and producer, best known for his work as a recording and touring artist in the UK rock and metal scene.

Looking for: journalists, festival directors.

Facebook: Female Voices Rock

Instagram: @cateedelaloye

Funders: Female Voices Rock