'came a hot friday' Posts

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

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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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Finola Dwyer: an education in production

Posted on 31 January 2012

Internationally successful Kiwi film producer Finola Dwyer began her career as an editor at the National Film Unit and then moved onto editing and producing at TVNZ. Dwyer migrated over to the film industry and worked as an editor and producer. Some of the memorable New Zealand films she worked on include Came a Hot Friday, Starlight Hotel, and The Quiet Earth. In the 90s, Dwyer moved to the UK where she has made a name for herself producing films such as Backbeat, An Education and Dean Spanley. Her latest project is Quartet, a film directed by Dustin Hoffman. In this ScreenTalk, Dwyer talks about:

  • Learning to edit film at the National Film Unit
  • Editing the classic short film Score with director Arthur Everard
  • How editing Country Calendar for TV was more stressful than NFU editing
  • How an unplanned visit to the beach led to Raglan by the Sea
  • Creating the quirky chat show McCormick Country
  • Having to re-record the dialogue and soundtrack for The Quiet Earth
  • How her first producing job on Queen City Rocker was a baptism by fire
  • Overcoming fear by producing the Beatles biopic Backbeat
  • Being proud of the film Dean Spanley and its cast and crew
  • Sharing teenage dating stories while co-producing An Education
  • How the film struck controversy due to its subject matter
  • Feeling blessed to be working and continuing to learn in the film industry
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



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Phillip Gordon - from bad boy to the street

Posted on 30 August 2011

Actor Phillip Gordon began his television acting career playing bad boy Hugh Clifford on the long-running soap Close to Home. He then played small roles in many New Zealand films, before winning the lead role in the TV series Inside Straight. He played a conman in the hit film Came a Hot Friday, then returned to television in the kidult show Terry and the Gunrunners. More recently he has appeared on television in Shortland Street and Street Legal, and on film in The Returning. In this ScreenTalk interview, Gordon talks about:

  • Not really knowing what he was doing on the set of Close to Home
  • How his own life experiences helped create the role of Hugh in the soap
  • Enjoying the enthusiasm of director Ian Mune on the set of Came a Hot Friday
  • Learning from his fellow actors in the film
  • Thinking his performance in Shortland Street was ‘over-blown’
  • Finally feeling good about his acting when he joined Street Legal
  • Getting an apology from the director for the hard job of acting in Bridge to Nowhere

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



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