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Kevin J Wilson: On avoiding the leading role ...

Posted on 14 April 2014

Veteran actor Kevin J Wilson has made a career out of playing no-nonsense Kiwi blokes. His film credits include Pictures, Wild Horses and Chunuk Bair. He played Janet Frame’s father in Jane Campion’s An Angel at My Table, starred in the Wellington-based TV cop series Shark in the Park, and replaced the late Bruno Lawrence in the Aussie comedy show Frontline.

In this ScreenTalk, Wilson talks about:

  • How the weather on a Pukemanu shoot changed industry pay rates
  • Not really knowing what he was doing in the film Pictures
  • How troubled feature film Wild Horses went wrong right from the beginning
  • Enjoying hanging out with real cops preparing for Shark in the Park
  • Playing ‘end of an era’ character Sgt Jessop in the show
  • Meeting Janet Frame on the set of An Angel at My Table
  • Working with the “intense but wonderful” Jane Campion
  • Feeling the film Chunuk Bair looked too much like a piece of theatre
  • Taking over from Bruno Lawrence as the star of Australian comedy Frontline 
  • Getting his first ever sex scene, with Lucy Lawless in Spartacus
  • How avoiding lead roles can give you longevity as an actor

This video was first uploaded on 14 April 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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chunuk bair, shark in the park, frontline, pukemanu, actor, an angel at my table, kevin j wilson, pictures, wild horses

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Mark Hadlow: From a teenage bully to a troll and a dwarf…

Posted on 21 January 2014

Actor Tandi Wright once called Mark Hadlow "the best physical comedian I've ever seen". 

Hadlow first appeared on our TV screens as a teenage bully in Children of Fire Mountain. Later he worked alongside Ilona Rodgers and Billy T James in the sitcom version of The Billy T James Show. His flair for comedy earned him starring roles in the film Just Me and Mario, and TV series Willy Nilly. Hadlow has worked twice with director Peter Jackson – first providing voices to a range of characters in Meet the Feebles, and then playing both a dwarf and a troll in The Hobbit trilogy.

In this ScreenTalk, Hadlow talks about:

  • Turning disappointment into triumph with Children of Fire Mountain
  • Being hospitalised after an accident on set
  • Working hard in the starring role of film Just Me and Mario
  • Having fun playing a dopey Australian on The Billy T James Show
  • Being nominated for a 'best actress' award after playing a hippo and a hedgehog in Meet the Feebles
  • Never having a bad day on the set of Willy Nilly
  • How co-star Sean Duffy influenced him on the show
  • The best six weeks of his life: rehearsing for King Kong with Naomi Watts
  • Bringing Bert the Troll to life in The Hobbit
  • Being teased mercilessly by fellow actor Martin Freeman

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

 
 

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mark hadlow, children of fire mountain, actor, ilona rodgers, billy t james, the billy t james show, just me and mario, willy nilly, peter jackson, meet the feebles, the hobbit, sean duffy, martin freeman, king kong, naomi watts, bert the troll, best actress, tandi wright, bill johnson, terence cooper, mike smith, heidi the hippo

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Shane Cortese: On being a bad guy...

Posted on 23 December 2013

Shane Cortese made a name for himself on stage in London’s West End before coming home to New Zealand to begin a career in television. Since his return, Cortese has played TV roles across the spectrum of characters, including the evil Dominic Thompson in Shortland Street, and more recently Hayden Peters in Outrageous Fortune. In this ScreenTalk interview [originally published on 4 December 2010], Cortese reveals:

  • His tumultuous contract wrangles upon leaving a UK stage show to return to NZ to be in Shortland Street
  • What it is like playing the bad guy
  • His initial feelings about the prospect of being on Dancing with the Stars
  • How he developed his craft hosting So You Think You Can Dance
  • The amusing story of learning about his starring role in Burying Brian
  • How it felt to be part of the West family in Outrageous Fortune
  • Details of his latest work in Brown Bruthas and The Almighty Johnsons

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

 
 

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outrageous fortune, actor, shortland street

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Shavaughn Ruakere: The leap of faith from TV presenting to acting...

Posted on 16 December 2013

Shavaughn Ruakere began her career as a presenter on kids TV show What Now?. Later she graduated to presenting on music channel C4, after a stint co-presenting UK morning show SM:TV. Since then Ruakere has made the switch to acting, and appeared in a number of shows including The Jaquie Brown Diaries and Legend of the Seeker. She is currently starring in Shortland Street as core cast member Roimata Ngatai. In this ScreenTalk, Ruakere talks about:

  • Being scared by going on live TV for What Now?
  • Not being shy about being a ‘dick’ on a kids show
  • Witnessing two experienced actors ‘ad-libbing’ on the set of River Queen
  • Managing to avoid doing a nude scene in the film
  • How presenting on C4 showed a more mature side of herself
  • Wearing leather and high heels for Legend of the Seeker
  • How her role on Shortland Street pulled her out of a slump
  • The similarities and differences between her and her character Roimata
  • Coping with the time restraints and pace of shooting on the show
  • Loving working with George Henare and the rest of her on-camera family
  • How ‘being someone else’ on set helps her overcome doubt

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

 
 

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legend of the seeker, presenter, interview, actor, the jaquie brown diaries, river queen, what now?, shortland street, screentalk, shavaughn ruakere

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Mark Ferguson: On playing the bad guy…

Posted on 18 November 2013

Australian import Mark Ferguson made a big impact as an actor in New Zealand from his first appearance on Gloss. He went on to play Darryl Neilson, one of Shortland Street's most memorable villains, followed by Darryl’s good guy brother Damien. Since then, Ferguson has appeared in the Spin Doctors series and international shows such as Hercules and Spartacus.

 In this ScreenTalk, Ferguson talks about:

  • How being Australian got him the part on Gloss
  • Being amused by the over-the-top costumes and dialogue on the show
  • Not expecting Shortland Street to last beyond a couple of years
  • Playing both a baddie and a goodie on the soap
  • How Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop brought some centaur realism to Hercules 
  • Having his on-screen time in The Lord of the Rings stolen by an elf
  • Learning the scripts for Spin Doctors in one night
  • Banging a piece of wood on the set of Spartacus
  • Feeling fortunate to have had a career playing "evil bastards"

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

 
 

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gloss, shortland street, actor, spin doctors, hercules, acting, shortl, darryl neilson, hercules and the circle of fire, the lord of the rings, the fellowship of the ring, spartacus: war of the damned, baddies, villains, gil-galad, sauron

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Mark Mitchinson: A career playing dangerous men…

Posted on 21 October 2013

Award-winning actor Mark Mitchinson has made a name for himself bringing complex and dangerous characters to life on screen. He has played a psychiatrist who murdered his wife in Bloodlines; a gunman in Siege; and a dodgy shrink in Nothing Trivial. In 2013, Mitchinson also produced and starred in the made for the web drama/comedy High Road.

In this ScreenTalk, Mitchinson talks about:

  • Being overwhelmed by the pace of filming on Outrageous Fortune
  • Relishing the contradictions of the lead role in Bloodlines
  • A small but critical role in the tele-feature Rage
  • Gaining a perspective on Peter Jackson in The Hobbit
  • Lobbying to play the killer in Siege
  • The strange experience of filming in the real location of the drama
  • The genesis of his web series High Road
  • Realising his role in Nothing Trivial could make him hated

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

 
 

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outrageous fortune, nothing trivial, the hobbit, actor, bloodlines, mark mitchinson, seige, high road, rage

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Michelle Langstone: Talking really fast about a busy acting career…

Posted on 12 August 2013

Michelle Langstone is an actor with many dramatic faces: a murder obsessed woman in For Good, a Norse goddess in The Almighty Johnsons, an unfaithful wife in Go Girls, and a tenacious stirrer in McLeod's Daughters. Langstone has also appeared in a number of international fantasy shows including Xena: Warrior Princess, Legend of the Seeker and Power Rangers.

In this ScreenTalk, Langstone talks about:

  • Being overawed and excited about being on Xena
  • Having to defend her character on McLeod’s Daughters
  • How Spin Doctors brought together her love of politics and comedy
  • Having to run around Wellington listening to voices on The Strip
  • Being challenged by a difficult role in For Good
  • Concussing a fellow actor on the set of Power Rangers
  • Thinking she'd stuffed up the audition for a role in Separation City
  • Hardly getting any lot of sleep while filming Go Girls
  • Loving the funny, crazy world that is The Almighty Johnsons

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

 
 

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michelle langstone, actor, for good, the almighty johnsons, go girls, mcleod’s daughters, xena warrior princess, legend of the seeker, power rangers, spin doctors, the strip, separation city

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Rachel House: From Whale Rider to White Lies…

Posted on 1 July 2013

Rachel House is an accomplished theatre actor and director, but she has also established a strong screen career, beginning with gritty roles in Tiger Country and Queenie and Pete. Since then she has played both comedic and dramatic parts in a string of high profile movies including Whale Rider, Eagle vs Shark and Boy. Her most recent acting projects have been new feature film White Lies and ChCh earthquake drama series Hope and Wire

In this ScreenTalk, House talks about:

  • Playing an abused wife in telemovie Tiger Country
  • Feeling out of her comfort zone with a lead role in Queenie and Pete
  • How Whale Rider was one of her favourite film experiences
  • Being fascinated watching director Niki Caro and DOP Leon Narbey working
  • Hoping she solved problems on TV advice show Ask Your Auntie
  • Appreciating the humour and story of Eagle vs Shark
  • Being both acting coach and an actor in Boy
  • Having an intense experience on the set of White Lies
  • Loving working with director Gaylene Preston on Hope and Wire
  • Dealing with the grief stirred up by the series

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

 
 

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whale rider, eagle vs shark, actor, white lies, rachel house, boy, hope and wire

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Stelios Yiakmis: From heart-throb to bad guy …

Posted on 18 March 2013

Actor Stelios Yiakmis created a name for himself playing doctor Johnny Marinovich for five years on Shortland Street. He gained further acting credentials in a range of Australian and Kiwi TV shows such as McLeod's Daughters, All Saints, and Underbelly – Land of the Long White Cloud, and the Australian feature film Jindabyne. Yiakmis is currently appearing as bad guy Derek Peterson in crime drama The Blue Rose

In this ScreenTalk, Yiakmis talks about:

  • Being overawed by his first scene on Shortland Street
  • How a fellow actor couldn’t help him adjust to the work schedule
  • Loving the polarising nature of his character Johnny Marinovich
  • How a role in Street Legal gave him a chance to stretch his acting wings
  • Confusing the local population on the set of McLeod's Daughters
  • Wanting to punch director Ray Lawrence while filming Jindabyne
  • Playing a real life criminal in the Kiwi version of Underbelly
  • Relishing the chance to be a 'bastard' in The Blue Rose
  • How not knowing the plot in advance made the role harder

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

 
 

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the blue rose, street legal, McLeod’s Daughters, underbelly, actor, shortland street, stelios yiakmis, jindabyne, johnny marinovich, all saints

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Jennifer Ludlam: Acting without makeup or shoes…

Posted on 11 March 2013

Award-winning actor Jennifer Ludlam has played a range of strong female characters in TV shows such as Cover Story, Gloss, and Undercover. She spent time in Australia appearing in a number of dramas including Prisoner and Sons and Daughters. Returning to New Zealand, Ludlam starred in Sima Urale’s feature film Apron Strings. She is currently appearing in TV thriller The Blue Rose.

In this ScreenTalk, Ludlam talks about:

  • Playing a country girl in a city pub in A Going Concern
  • Lying about her horse riding ability for a role in Radio Waves
  • Having trouble singing and dancing in Gather Your Dreams
  • Forgetting all about one of her roles in Shark in the Park
  • Loving the camaraderie on the set of Prisoner
  • Playing a 'toughie' on Sons and Daughters
  • Being an embarrassment to Ilona Rodgers in Gloss
  • Being cast as a strong and forthright woman in Cover Story
  • Enjoying playing a homophobic mother in Shortland Street
  • Feeling nervous in her first scene in Apron Strings
  • Giving up a theatre tour for a role in The Blue Rose
  • Her one last ambition in TV

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

 
 

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the blue rose, cover story, gloss, interview, actor, television, sons and daughters, apron strings, undercover, prisoner

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