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John Laing: Beyond Reasonable Doubt to Outrageous Fortune ...

Posted on 3 March 2014

Veteran producer/director John Laing has worked in film and television in New Zealand, Canada and the UK. His feature films include the Arthur Allan Thomas-inspired Beyond Reasonable Doubt, cross-cultural romance Other Halves and thriller Dangerous Orphans. Laing has also directed a long list of popular drama series for TV, including Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, Street Legal, Inside Straight and Marlin Bay; plus tele-feature Safe House.

In this ScreenTalk, Laing talks about:

  • Upsetting the National Film Unit with his unconventional film Kariotahi Beach
  • Learning how to direct a feature film on the set of Beyond Reasonable Doubt
  • Taking on too many roles on offbeat thriller The Lost Tribe
  • Getting back to basic story-telling on Inside Straight
  • Being unhappy with the end result on feature film Other Halves
  • Relishing the prospect of creating film noir feature Dangerous Orphans
  • The challenge of juggling different directors on Outrageous Fortune
  • Creating an 'intense' set for tele-feature Safe House

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



john laing, beyond reasonable doubt, other halves, dangerous orphans, go girls, nothing trivial, kariotahi beach, the lost tribe, inside straight, outrageous fortune, safe house, directing, producing, national film unit, nfu, arthur allan thomas

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Grant Lahood: Snails, Lemmings and a Kombi van…

Posted on 10 February 2014

Director Grant Lahood is master of the quirky comedic short film - the creative force behind internationally-successful shorts Snail's Pace, The Singing Trophy, and Lemming Aid. Lahood has also directed the feature films Kombi Nation and Chicken, and a number of documentaries including Arc, Anzac Songs, and Intersexion

In this ScreenTalk, Lahood talks about:

  • Being frustrated by the slimy cast of Snail's Pace
  • How The Singing Trophy became a worldwide hit
  • The 'stupid' premise behind Lemming Aid
  • Coping with hurricane force winds on the shoot
  • Not being happy with his first feature film Chicken
  • Why Kombi Nation made him the most popular director in New Zealand
  • Telling powerful human stories in documentary Intersexion

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



grant lahood, the singing trophy, lemming aid, snails pace, kombi nation, chicken, snails, hurricanes, directing, intersexion, animal, animals

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Rob Sarkies: Three movies and two little boys

Posted on 18 September 2012

Rob Sarkies' first three movies have all begun in southern climes, then headed in unexpected directions. Scarfies celebrates Dunedin student life, before morphing into a twisted examination of morality under fire. Out of the Blue celebrates community and the ordinary person, while recreating the 1990 killings at Aramoana. New feature Two Little Boys is a black comedy featuring Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie and Australian comedian Hamish Blake. In this ScreenTalk interview, Sarkies talks about:

  • How he enjoys making films which mix different flavours, genres and ideas
  • How Two Little Boys mixes elements of comedy, relationship drama and shock horror
  • How the film's lovable but heinous characters offer a chance to explore relationships - especially relationships in decay
  • Signing up Flight of the Conchords star Bret McKenzie
  • Writing scripts with his multi-talented brother Duncan Sarkies
  • Being aware of the stakes when he made his first feature Scarfies
  • Using marketing to overcome the Kiwi cultural cringe
  • Creating a perception that Out of the Blue was made with heart and artistry, so people could feel comfortable about being involved
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



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Jason Stutter - the Comedy of Murder

Posted on 7 September 2010

Jason Stutter - director of Ronald Hugh Morrieson adaptation Predicament - has a talent for going for the jugular, yet doing it in style. In Stutter’s movies, the camera plunges headfirst into haunted hospitals, dodgy smalltown dealings, and fight scenes with Pacific Island Ninjas whose parents were unexpectedly half-gobbled by fish. In this ScreenTalk interview, Stutter talks about

  • why he makes films
  • his many projects featuring Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement
  • falling in love with the dialogue in Ronald Hugh Morrieson’s novel Predicament
  • the lessons that can be learnt from Morrieson’s career
  • the bravery of comedians, and why he loves giving them acting roles in his movies
  • the genesis of Tongan Ninja, Stutter’s no-budget, three years in the making feature debut
  • the unusual way haunted hospital tale Diagnosis:Death was funded
  • the importance of staying loyal to the original text

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



directors, comedy, funding, comedians, business, directing, raybon kan, ronald hugh morrieson, heath franklin, interviews

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