Paolo Rotondo on acting, writing, directing and sphincter surgery

Posted on 7 April 2010

Paolo Rotondo spent his first years in Italy. Born in Naples, he left in 1982 at the age of 11 to arrive in NZ with an elementary grasp of English. Rotondo later returned to Italy to study arts before returning to NZ to complete a Bachelor of Arts at Auckland University and launch his career in film and television. In 1997 Rotondo starred in local feature The Ugly winning praise from Variety and The Times, and awards at Rome's Fantastic Film Festival. Following TV appearances in Street Legal and Jackson’s Wharf, he went on to star in urban underbelly feature Stickmen, before writing and directing short film The Freezer. Rotondo returned to the small screen as Dr Andrew Solomon in Kiwi soap Shortland Street, and also appeared as Tim in The Insiders Guide to Happiness. His work as director and writer of Dead Letters won him Best Short Screenplay at the 2006 NZ Screen Awards. In this ScreenTalk interview, Rotondo reveals:

  • Why his family came to NZ in 1982
  • What he put himself through to get into character for The Ugly
  • How he landed his leading role in Stickmen, after not initially being considered for the film
  • The sensitivities around storing a dead Kuia in a chest freezer
  • Insights into the anal retention of Shortland Street’s Andrew Solomon
  • The thinking behind “big little” film Dead Letters
  • His plans for a NZ Italian film

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



director, interview, actor, writer, italian, shortland street

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