Broadcaster Phillip Leishman has had one of the longest and most successful TV presenting careers in New Zealand. He began presenting sports news and events in the 1970s, and has hosted major live events such as the Olympics and test rugby. Leishman also helmed long-running game show Wheel of Fortune, and, more recently, the internationally-syndicated Golf Show.
In this ScreenTalk, Leishman talks about:
- Becoming Glyn Tucker’s ‘little shadow’ on Turf Talk
- How tech problems led to him commentating on the 1976 Olympic Games
- The difficulties of covering the 1981 Springbok Tour
- Loving the pace of production on Wheel of Fortune
- Initially failing to notice David Tua’s infamous ‘O for awesome’ moment
- Hosting the last televised Miss New Zealand contest
- Missing the cool atmosphere of Weekend
- Why The Golf Show has been his favourite gig
- Traveling the world having a good time on Air New Zealand Holiday
- Being proud of his 41 years on air
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Documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley’s award-winning films have examined some of the most potent issues of New Zealand’s recent history from euthanasia (The Promise, about euthanasia advocate Lesley Martin), to sport and politics (Try Revolution, about the effect of protests against the 1981 Springbok Tour in South Africa), to controversial murders (Relative Guilt, about the effect of the David Tamihere trial on his family).
She has sensitively paid tribute to some of our most potent, but complicated, artists, dancer Douglas Wright (Haunting Douglas) and conceptual artist Billy Apple (Being Billy Apple); and she has profiled the first Buddhist High Lama incarnated in the Southern Hemisphere, in Kiwi Buddha.
Canadian-born Pooley talks to NZ On Screen about her career, from working for international broadcasters from London (BBC, Channel Four, ITV, Discovery Channel) to the challenges of, and motivations for, making docos in NZ: “my criteria: is it a great story and will it resonate with the world.”
Pooley discusses The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, her documentary on Kiwi icons Lynda and Jools Topp. The doco looks at the yodeling country music comedic phenomenon and examines the subversion amongst the sing-alongs: “Every really important social change that’s happened in New Zealand over the last 30 years the twins have been a part of, and in some cases even provided a soundtrack for.”
This interview was conducted by Clare O’Leary with camera and editing by Leo Guerchmann. It is available to embed and distribute on YouTube.