Nancy Brunning: Nurse Jaki Manu to Strength of Water
Nancy Brunning's television debut was in the first episode of Shortland Street as series regular Nurse Jaki Manu. She turned in a memorable performance as gang girl Tania in What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, and played a fun loving lesbian in When Love Comes. Brunning has appeared in a number of TV projects including Mataku and Fish Skin Suit. As well as acting, she also directed the WWII-era short Journey to Ihipa. In this ScreenTalk, Brunning talks about:
- How it took six months to get used to working on the set of Shortland Street
- Feeling the pressure of playing the only Māori female character on primetime TV
- Having to tell her father she was playing a lesbian in When Love Comes
- Writing a diary to develop her tough role in What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
- Learning to stand up to director Ian Mune on set
- Finding it hard to work out the character of Joy in The Strength of Water
- Why a particular scene in the movie proved to be the hardest to shoot
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.