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Murray Keane: From acting to directing in primetime…

Posted on 15 January 2013

Actor and director Murray Keane's first big role on screen was in 1980s television series Peppermint Twist. His acting credits also include Away Laughing, Chunuk Bair and Braindead. In the 1990s, Keane moved into directing, working on popular drama series Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons and Go Girls. In this ScreenTalk, Keane talks about:

  • Playing a semi-mute drummer on Peppermint Twist
  • Working in mud and unwashed costumes for movie Chunuk Bair
  • Why the film Braindead was the worst experience of his career
  • The pressure of directing episodes of Shortland Street
  • Being proud of directing Diplomatic Immunity despite its disappointing ratings
  • Enjoying public praise for his contribution to Outrageous Fortune
  • How Go Girls proved a great way of improving his directing skills
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



director, interview, actor, outrageous fortune, Go Girls, shortland street, Screentalk, The Almighty Johnsons, peppermint twist, murray keane, away laughing, chunuk bair, braindead

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Elizabeth McRae: Shortland St’s Marge and much more..

Posted on 28 August 2012

Actor Elizabeth McRae is best known as Marge the receptionist on Shortland Street. She began her TV career in the 70s on shows such as The Games Affair. Since then she has appeared in television dramas Hanlon, About Face, Terry and the Gunrunners, and Go Girls. Her film credits include Jubilee, award-winner A Death in the Family, and Rest for the Wicked. In this ScreenTalk, McRae talks about:

  • Working with Rudall and Ramai Haywood in The Doll’s House
  • Melting a vinyl floor during the shoot for The Games Affair
  • Playing a sympathetic aunt in ground-breaking AIDs drama A Death in the Family
  • Being accused of ‘prostituting her art’ by appearing in Shortland Street
  • Having a memorable scene with a bull in Jubilee
  • Playing a slightly batty pākehā mother in Nancy Brunning’s short film Journey to Ihapa
  • The joy of working with other acting veterans in rest-home feature film Rest for the Wicked
  • Acknowledging the importance of writing to the TV and film industry
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



interview, Go Girls, shortland street, terry and the gunrunners, rest for the wicked, Jubilee, Screentalk, Elizabeth McRae, Marge, the games affair, hanlond, the doll’s house, a death in the family, journey to ihapa, about face

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Greg Johnson: Stand-up comic to award-winning actor

Posted on 11 June 2012

Actor Greg Johnson began his career as a stand-up comedian. His first acting role was in the film The End of the Golden Weather. Since then, he has appeared in a wide range of TV shows, films and commercials, and is perhaps best known for roles in Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune and Go Girls. He has won two acting awards for performances in TV series City Life, and 2010 movie The Insatiable Moon. In this ScreenTalk, Johnson talks about:

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



actor, outrageous fortune, city life, Go Girls, shortland street, street legal, the piano, the insatiable moon, the end of the golden weather, the world's fastest indian

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Angela Bloomfield: on being Rachel

Posted on 15 May 2012

Angela Bloomfield made a splash on Shortland Street when she first joined the show as messed up teenager Rachel McKenna. Over her long stint on the 20-year-old series, her character has battled bulimia, survived a lightning strike and recovered from alcoholism. Once voted NZ’s sexiest TV star, she has acted in the films Bonjour Timothy and Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners, and appeared in the TV shows Ride with the Devil, and Dancing with the Stars. As well as acting, Bloomfield has directed episodes of Shortland Street, Jackson’s Wharf and Go Girls. In this ScreenTalk, Bloomfield talks about:

  • Getting the bug for acting on the set of Bonjour Timothy
  • Learning to act differently for film in The Frighteners
  • Being terrified on her first day on the set of Shortland Street
  • Enjoying playing the role of Rachel McKenna on the show
  • Feeling flattered but surprised by being seen as a sex symbol
  • How directing episodes of the soap has influenced her acting
  • Treating her stint on Dancing with the Stars as another job
  • Really wanting to have a lead role in a feature film
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



director, interview, actor, Go Girls, shortland street, jackson's wharf, dancing with the stars, angela bloomfield, rachel mckenna, bonjour timothy, the frighteners, ride with the devil

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Blair Strang: a career resurrected

Posted on 11 April 2012

Actor Blair Strang shot to fame in New Zealand playing the likeable ambulance driver Rangi in Shortland Street. After six years, he quit the show and returned to law school. Since then, his acting career has been resurrected playing a range of characters in shows such as Go Girls, Spin Doctors, Doves of War, and Orange Roughies. He now plays the un-PC Brian on the hit show Nothing Trivial. In this ScreenTalk, Strang talks about:

  • Getting a role on The Billy T James Show through his friend Ilona Rodgers
  • Noticing the shyness of the show’s star when not performing
  • Being told off by his mother after getting a role on Shortland Street
  • How the role of Rangi on the soap changed over time
  • Why changes to the show led him to quit after six years
  • Feeling he’d done a really bad acting job on Spin Doctors
  • Why having a hangover helped him get a role on Doves of War
  • Playing with guns and getting soaked in a boat in Orange Roughies
  • How playing Brian on Nothing Trivial has been his favourite role to date
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



Go Girls, shortland street, the billy t james show, nothing trivial, doves of war, blair strang, spin doctors, orange roughies, rangi

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