SXSW Interview: Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell Get Us Inside The Mule


As the South by Southwest Film Festival starts to wind down with just a couple more days to go, has another interview to share, this time with the creators and stars of The Mule, an Australian crime-comedy based on true events, which reunites long-time friends, Saw and Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson.

Sampson co-wrote, co-directed and stars as Ray Jenkins, a local Melbourne football hero who is enlisted by a crime boss to smuggle drugs from Thailand back to Australia inside of himself. When he’s caught at customs, Ray refuses to “release” the evidence or admit he’s even carrying any drugs, so he’s taken into custody until he talks or defecates.

Whannell, who co-wrote the script, plays Gavin, Ray’s best friend but also the guy who put Ray up to smuggling drugs getting them both in trouble as a number of individuals try to get the hands on the drugs that Ray is allegedly smuggling. This includes the two police detectives in charge of moderating Ray while he’s in custody, played by Hugo Weaving and Ewen Leslie.

The results are a movie that’s funny and often quite disgusting (as one might expect considering the bodily functions involved), but sat down with the two Aussie filmmakers earlier this week for the following on-camera conversation about how The Mule came together.

As the interview came to a conclusion, we also asked Leigh about progress on Insidious Chapter 3, which you can read more about over on