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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.



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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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