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Sean Duffy: From cop shows to comedy…

Posted on 12 November 2012

Sean Duffy started his TV career as a news and documentary editor, then later began mixing in acting roles on film and television. His major breakthrough role was in Mortimer’s Patch. Since then he has starred in numerous TV shows including Willy Nilly, Plain Clothes, Tiger Country and The Neighbourhood Network. His film credits include Utu, Came a Hot Friday and Smash Palace. Duffy has also directed a number of TV documentary series. In this ScreenTalk, Duffy talks about:

  • Being laughed at for his acting in The Governor
  • Mortimer’s Patch being his favourite acting experience
  • How the pace of the show was incredibly slow by modern standards
  • Seeing a horse being spray-painted on the set of the film Utu
  • Ending up buried under a concrete airport runway on Gloss
  • Terrifying fellow actor Simon Prast in one scene
  • Being surprised that TV3 commissioned quirky comedy The Neighbourhood Network
  • How illness ruined his performance in Tiger Country
  • Forming a brilliant working partnership with Mark Hadlow on Willy Nilly
  • Not understanding why the show was cancelled
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



director, interview, actor, Documentary, The Governor, came a hot friday, willy nilly, sean duffy, Screentalk, mortimer’s patch, tiger country, the neighbourhood network, utu, smash palace

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Marshall Napier: A trans-Tasman success…

Posted on 25 October 2012

Marshall Napier has forged a successful acting career playing strong supporting roles in a swathe of Kiwi and Aussie TV dramas and films. His numerous credits include The Governor, Goodbye Pork Pie, Came a Hot Friday, Blue Heelers, Babe, McLeod’s Daughters and Water Rats. He also has a strong pedigree in theatre, and took his own play Freak Winds to New York in 2006. In this ScreenTalk, Napier talks about:

  • Having only one costume to wear as Sir Richard Seddon in The Governor
  • Almost driving off the road during a car chase in Goodbye Pork Pie
  • Being told to smile by director Ian Mune on the set of Came a Hot Friday
  • The chaotic nature of filming on Vincent Ward’s The Navigator
  • How people assumed he was a real farmer after his long stint on Australian TV favourite McLeod’s Daughters
  • Being directed by his nephew in I’m Not Harry Jenson
  • Being surrounded by grotesque characters in Picnic at Rock Island
  • Playing a hard-nosed ‘prick’ on City Homicide
  • How an actor’s life is a tough one
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



interview, actor, The Governor, Australia, came a hot friday, Screentalk, water rats, McLeod’s Daughters, marshall napier, aussie, goodbye pork pie, blue heelers, babe, freak winds, city homicide, the navigator, i'm not harry jenson, picnic at rock island

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Peter Hayden - conservation on screen

Posted on 9 November 2010

Peter Hayden has one of the best known faces and voices in New Zealand, having presented and voiced hundreds of nature documentaries on television. His many documentary series include the hugely successful Wild South and Latitude 45. Hayden is also a successful actor and has appeared in range of dramas including: The Fire-Raiser, Footrot Flats and Beyond Reasonable Doubt. In this ScreenTalk interview, Peter talks about:

  • Being a story teller for both documentary and drama productions
  • How Wild South mirrored the growth in conservation in New Zealand
  • Creating Moa’s Ark with famous conservationist David Bellamy
  • The delight of making Latitude 45 and sailing on a reed boat on Lake Te Anau
  • Acting a small role in The Governor and riding a terrified horse in a battle scene
  • Playing the “dupe” who finds the bullet cartridge in Beyond Reasonable Doubt
  • Breaking the jaw of a fellow actor in The Fire-Raiser
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence



The Governor, Footrot Flats, presenter, Wild South, Moa's Ark, Latitude 45, producer, actor, Interviews, Beyond Reasonable Doubt, The Fire-Raiser

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Grant Tilly - a career on screen and stage

Posted on 29 March 2010

Actor, acting teacher, and artist Grant Tilly has played cow cockies, assassins, missionaries, and German villains in funny hats. And that’s not even counting his long-running stage career, which has included a run of classic Kiwi plays, one of which became acclaimed movie Middle Age Spread. In this ScreenTalk interview, Tilly talks about:

  • how people sometimes still recognise him from 60s TV show Joe’s World, and the topics he was told never to mention on early series In View of the Circumstances
  • acting in 70s mega production The Governor, and the challenges of competing on screen against his bad haircut
  • being allowed to go solo by director John Reid while making two farmers and a dead Dad comedy Carry Me Back, for a memorable scene in which his character finally tells his father what he really thinks of him
  • squaring off against Men in Black star Tommy Lee Jones for a fight scene in movie epic Savage Islands
  • how his career as an actor, stage designer, and co-founder of Wellington’s Circa Theatre has intersected with the works of writer Roger Hall - including his acclaimed performance as a philandering headmaster in Middle Age Spread
  • playing a repressed accountant who becomes obsessively interested in a masseuse in movie Skin Deep
  • the challenges of portraying real life people on screen
  • the similarities between war and movie-making
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



film, television, acting, Clare, actors, Circa, 60s, Joe Musaphia, Henry Williams, villain, waiting, midlife crisis, headmaster, The Governor, Savage Islands

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