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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.

 
 

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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.

 
 

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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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