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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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Simon Prast: From playing the son to playing the father...

Posted on 4 December 2012

Simon Prast made his television debut in cop drama Mortimer’s Patch. Best known for playing spoilt rich kid Alistair Redfern in Gloss, Prast’s biggest film role was playing a gay man in 1998 movie When Love Comes. He also has a strong background in theatre, and for 11 years ran the Auckland Theatre Company. In this ScreenTalk, Prast talks about:

  • Learning how to ‘deliver the goods’ on Mortimer’s Patch
  • The satisfying intensity of acting on ground-breaking AIDS drama A Death in the Family
  • Auditioning alongside Peter Elliott for Gloss
  • Finding the show very urban and fresh
  • Enjoying playing a psychopath on Shortland Street
  • Love and dignity being at the heart of the film When Love Comes
  • The irony of the transition from playing sons to fathers on Go Girls
  • Realising that an aging actor can develop new roles
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



alister redfern, simon prast, Screentalk, when love comes, a death in the family, Go Girls, gloss, interview, actor, mortimer’s patch

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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:

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

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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.



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

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Theresa Healey: from Play School to Carmen

Posted on 18 January 2012

Actor Theresa Healey first appeared on screen entertaining a generation of kids on Play School. She became a household name playing the popular character Carmen on Shortland Street for five years. Since then she has been in a range of New Zealand TV dramas including Marlin Bay, Mercy Peak and Go Girls. She has starred in the films Jubilee and Savage Honeymoon. In this ScreenTalk, Healey talks about:

  • Learning not to look bored on the set of Play School
  • Not knowing the director’s intentions in cult classic Kitchen Sink
  • Loving playing the ‘sassy’ Carmen on Shortland Street
  • Filming an embarrassing sex scene in Marlin Bay,
  • Being unhappy with her performance in Jubilee
  • Being tired and rundown but loving the experience of Dancing with the Stars
  • Playing a money obsessed blonde mother in Go Girls
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



Go Girls, play school, marlin bay, mercy peak, Theresa Healey, Jubilee, Savage Honeymoon, shortland street

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Peter Burger on calling the shots

Posted on 14 November 2011

Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger (Ngāi Tahu, Rangitane) can thank a childhood lisp for his busy career as a screen director today. Having been sent to speech lessons, he found himself in the wrong class, and discovered the joys of performance in a drama class at a young and impressionable age. Since then, Burger has directed numerous film and television productions, including Until Proven Innocent, which won five Qantas awards in 2009, The Tattooist, Fish Skin Suit, short film Turangawaewae, staring the late Wi Kuki Kaa, as well as the TV series Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls and The Cult. In this ScreenTalk interview, Burger reveals:

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



outrageous fortune, billy t james, the cult, Go Girls, peter burger, until proven innocent, qantas awards, the tattooist, fish skin suit, turangawaewae, wi kuki kaa, tama tu, cohen holloway, billy

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Rachel Lang - creating NZers' favourites

Posted on 13 September 2010

Rachel Lang has been one of the driving forces behind some of New Zealand’s most popular television dramas. Beginning as a story editor on 80s dramas Shark in the Park and Open House, she moved onto Shortland Street as a story-liner and then as the show’s executive producer for a number of years. Lang collaborated with writer Gavin Strawhan to create the South Pacific Pictures dramas Jackson’s Wharf and Mercy Peak. Later she developed the enormously successful Outrageous Fortune, as well as Maddigan’s Quest and Go Girls. In 2010, Lang helped develop another major TV drama – This is Not My Life. In this ScreenTalk interview, Lang talks about:

  • Enjoying her first acting role and learning to march in Marching Girls
  • How Shortland Street changed the face of drama on New Zealand television
  • How the soap gave voice to the Kiwi accent
  • Loving creating Mercy Peak with its subtle approach to drama
  • How initial despondency over network responses to the show led to major improvements
  • How a spark of creativity in the shower led to Outrageous Fortune
  • Wanting to make the show rude enough that people ‘had’ to watch it
  • How Sex in the City influenced the home-grown show Go Girls
  • Why This is Not My Life proved to be the most difficult show she’s worked on
  • The need for a writer to be involved in the process of casting parts
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



writer, outrageous fortune, Go Girls, NZ drama, NZ television, shortland street

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