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Ngila Dickson: A Designing Woman

Posted on 6 May 2013

Ngila Dickson is an Academy Award-winning costume designer who has been involved in some of our biggest film and TV projects. Her first film experience was on User Friendly and since then she has designed for Jack Be Nimble, Heavenly Creatures, Crush and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In television, she made a name for herself designing costumes for Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Dickson has also worked on a range of international movies.

In this ScreenTalk, Dickson talks about: 

  • Creating costumes for acclaimed period piece Heavenly Creatures
  • Learning a life lesson from Peter Jackson on the film
  • How Xena: Warrior Princess provided her greatest learning curve ever
  • Avoiding an obsession with Tolkien on the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Creating specific design features for each of the story elements
  • How winning an Oscar for Lord of the Rings has given her traction in the American film industry
  • Trying to achieve perfection on the set of The Last Samurai
  • Learning the limits of CGI technology on movie Green Lantern
  • The frustration of working on a lot of films that never get made

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

 
 

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xena, the lord of the rings, film, ngila dickson, costume design, tv, designer, crush, hercules, jack be nimble, user friendly, television, design, movies, costume, heavenly creatures

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Alison Maclean: A gothic crush…

Posted on 18 December 2012

Canadian-born to New Zealand parents, writer and director Alison Maclean helmed one of the most successful NZ Film Commission-funded short films of all time, Kitchen Sink, which debuted at Cannes and won eight international awards. A graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts, she has directed feature films Crush (which she also wrote) and Jesus’ Son. A director of commercials and television series including Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, Maclean divides her time between New York, Canada and New Zealand, and she is developing several feature films. In this ScreenTalk, Maclean talks about:

  • Meeting life-long film industry friends whilst working on Geoff Stevens’ Strata as a summer holiday job
  • Persuading her sculpture department professors to let her make her first short film, Taunt
  • Casting a real rugby player to play an All Black in Rud’s Wife
  • The joy of directing anti-apartheid music video Don’t Go with Chris Knox, Don McGlashan and Rick Bryant
  • Using film to open up the aural medium of radio in Talkback
  • How she treated the writing of Kitchen Sink as an assignment
  • How a black and white photograph in the Listener led Maclean to discover Kitchen Sink actress Theresa Healey
  • Where all that hair came from for Peter Tait’s character in Kitchen Sink
  • The charmed experience and enduring popularity of Kitchen Sink
  • How a road trip with a family friend led to her debut feature film, Crush
  • Directing episodes of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl

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

 
 

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interview, talkback, crush, alison mclean, kitchen sink, jesus’ son, sex and the city, gossip girl, taunt, rud’s wife, screentalk

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Donogh Rees: from Constance to Marilyn Waring and Nurse Judy

Posted on 13 March 2012

Donogh Rees is an accomplished actress in theatre and on screen. Her feature film debut was playing the lead role in Constance. She won a Film and TV award for her portrayal of a woman with a head injury in the film Crush, and in 2012 will be seen playing Lady Capulet in an unorthodox film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Her most well known television role was playing Nurse Judy Brownlee in Shortland Street, but she has been in a number of TV shows such as Marlin Bay, Xena and the mini-series Fallout. In this ScreenTalk, Rees talks about:

  • Learning on the set of Constance that every experience teaches something
  • Discovering the nuances of emotional expression on the set of Iris
  • Observing on-set tensions during filming of Crush
  • Being asked if she’d done any porn while researching her role in the film
  • Working hard to find the essence of her role as Marilyn Waring in Fallout
  • Hanging upside down to play a volcano goddess in Xena
  • Bringing out the ‘everyday’ racism of Judy Brownlee in Shortland Street
  • Lip synching the role of Lady Capulet in a film re-working of Romeo and Juliet
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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interview, actor, xena, Fallout, shortland street, marlin bay, Screentalk, Donogh Rees, constance, crush, romeo and juliet, judy brownlee, iris

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