TFS Festival Quickie: Michael Peterson, director of Lloyd the Conqueror

A scene from "Lloyd the Conqueror"

Calgary-bred  writer/director Michael Peterson brings his hometown-shot feature Lloyd the Conqueror to this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival for its local premiere. The comedy takes a look into the world of Live-Action-Role-Playing (LARPing) and stars Mike Smith (Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys ), comedian Brian Posehn (who will be in town to help introduce the film) and Harland Williams.

TFS caught up with Michael Peterson for a Festival Quickie interview before his film hits the screen at Toronto After Dark.

Describe your film in 10 words or less:
Three lazy college kids get tricked into joining their evil professor’s Live-Action-Role-Playing League

Where did the idea for the film come from?
We wanted to make sports movie. Baseball, boxing, bowling and dodgeball had already been done. It was between this and lawn darts and LARPing seemed like a more rich visual world. That and I like fantasy and used to play D&D, so on that note lawn darts was out too.

What’s the one thing you want people to know about your film?
It features the first ever caught on film live-action battle between a unicorn and a centaur.

Michael Peterson on the set of “Lloyd the Conqueror”

What was the best thing about production? The most frustrating?
We had a ton of fun shooting this film, a lot of laughs. Most frustrating was that we only had 15 days to shoot it so I had to be very nimble, especially with 150 person battle scenes.

What are you working on now?
A very dark, violent, sexual, adult sci-fi thriller that has one joke in the whole script but it is gonna be so visually badass. I have not told anyone the title yet so here you go: Spawning Ground. Shooting next summer.

Lloyd the Conqueror screens on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Toronto After Dark Film Festival.


Kristal Cooper has been a film buff since the age of two when her parents began sneaking her into the drive-in every weekend. Since then, she's pursued that passion by working for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Film Centre as well as spending many a happy hour inside Toronto's wonderful theatres (she still mourns the loss of The Uptown). She is a freelance writer specializing in pop culture and feminist issues, and continues to slog away at her day job as a small cog in the giant machinery of the Toronto film community.

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