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Lisa Taouma: Bringing Pasifika flavour to television...

Posted on 7 July 2015

Producer/director Lisa Taouma cut her teeth on long-running Pacific magazine show Tagata Pasifika. She is the driving force behind popular PI youth show Fresh, and has made a number of documentaries on Samoan culture. More recently Taouma has been involved in online venture The Coconet.

In this ScreenTalk, Taouma talks about:

  • How her parents' interracial relationship fed into her one-off TV drama Tala Pasifika - Brown Sugar
  • Tala Pasifika - Talk of the Town being inspired by the legendary Cindy of Samoa
  • How persistence got her a job as a reporter on Tagata Pasifika
  • Feeling lucky to have had the chance to produce coverage of Polyfest
  • Seeing Oscar Kightley-presented documentary Otara Market win a primetime slot
  • Exploring her fascination with tattoo in Maesina Samoa: Stories of the Malu
  • The satisfaciton of seeing her show Fresh connect with its audience 
  • The joy of creating  and controlling — the online hit that is The Coconet

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

 
 

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lisa taouma, producer, director, tagata pasifika, fresh, the coconet, tala pasifika - brown sugar, tala pasifika - talk of the town, tagata pasifika, tv series, polyfest, otara market, maesina samoa: stories of the malu, oscar kightley, jungle fever, interracial marriage, samoa, intercultural relationship, fa, tala pasifika, tattoo, coconut, pacific, producing, asb polyfest, brown sugar, talk of the town

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Chris Dudman: On the mixed blessing of early success...

Posted on 22 June 2015

Chris Dudman is an award-winning filmmaker with credits in New Zealand and the UK. His short film Blackwater Summer was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Dudman has gone on to direct both documentary (New Zealand at War, The Day that Changed My Life, Zoo) and drama (Oscar Kightley police show Harry, short film Choice Night). Dudman also directs TV commercials, including the popular Pukeko ads for Genesis Energy.

In this ScreenTalk, Dudman talks about:

  • How a child's grief is the topic of his short film Blackwater Summer
  • Feeling surprise and pressure after the film won awards 
  • Creating early reality documentary Zoo 
  • The challenges of filming in restricted areas for Protecting the Border
  • Directing almost ‘silent’ film The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia
  • Working with the film's talented lead actor Rawiri Paratene
  • The challenges of filming intimate scenes for short film Choice Night 
  • Directing Oscar Kightley police drama Harry
  • The compelling interviews that lead to quake documentary The Day that Changed My Life
  • Working with real birds while making the Pukeko ads for Genesis Energy

This video was first uploaded on 22 June 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute as part of this Creative Commons licence

 
 

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chris dudman, british, blackwater summer, junior academy award, documentaries, new zealand at war, zoo, protecting the border, commercials, tv, pukeko ads, genesis energy, the graffiti of mr tupaia, choice night, rawiri paratene, harry, drama, student academy awards, oscar kightley, directing, director, auckland zoo, customs, pearl mcglashan, aaron mcgregor, kissing, paul stanley ward, paul ward, vicky pop, vicky pope, steven omeagher, christchurch, quake, earthquake, animal actors, pukeko

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Colin McRae: Forty years of news, current affairs and documentaries...

Posted on 18 May 2015

Producer and director Colin McRae has a television career spanning 40 years. In that time he has worked in news and current affairs for both TVNZ and TV3, and was the private channel’s Head of Sport to boot. His ground-breaking historical series The New Zealand Wars won Best Documentary Series at the 2006 Qantas Media Awards. In recent years, McRae has produced Native Affairs and Anzac Day coverage for Māori Television. 

In this ScreenTalk, McRae talks about: 

  • The challenges of producing regional news show Top Half
  • Trying to get legendary music reporter Dylan Taite to focus on Hamilton stories for the show
  • How field directing on magazine show That’s Fairly Interesting was a breath of fresh air
  • Producing Sunday night current affairs show Frontline
  • Feeling sadness when researching a documentary on Cave Creek 
  • The long and complex process of making acclaimed historical series The New Zealand Wars
  • Bringing pathos and drama to documentary series Legends of the All Blacks
  • Feeding his documentary experience into Māori Television’s Anzac Day coverage
  • How his career has evolved over the years

This video was first uploaded on 18 May 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via this Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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producer, director, colin mcrae, television, tvnz, tv3, sport, the new zealand wars, documentary, qantas media award, maori television, native affairs, anzac day coverage, top half, dylan taite, that’s fairly interesting, frontline, cave creek, the new zealand wars, legends of the all blacks, regional television, james belich, māori television, nz on air, producing, directing, journalism

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John Milligan: Documenting New Zealand history and lifestyle...

Posted on 13 April 2015

John Milligan is an award-winning producer, director and writer who has worked on a wide range of shows for television. His many series credits include Maggie’s Garden Show, Epitaph, Shipwreck and Mucking In. Milligan was also producer and director of the documentaries Trio at the Top, New Zild and Von Tempsky’s Ghost.

In this ScreenTalk, Milligan talks about:

  • Working on live, non-commercial morning show Weekend
  • Commanding 14 cameras on his first documentary Monza Monaco Macau Wellington
  • Not knowing anything about plants when he began on Maggie’s Garden Show
  • Being surprised at how long it took to make Kiwi bach documentary A Summer Place
  • Digging into history for his motor racing documentary Trio at the Top
  • The challenge of creating battle scenes in the rain for Von Tempsky’s Ghost
  • Convincing people Kiwis have an accent when making New Zild
  • Thinking there’s too much TV nowadays

This video was first uploaded on the 13th of April 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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john milligan, producer, director, writer, maggie’s garden show, epitaph, shipwreck, mucking in, documentary, trio at the top, new zild, von tempsky’s ghost, new zild, tv, new zealand television, bach, gardening, cars, carhead, a summer place, monza monaco macau wellington, architecture, bruce mclaren, denny hulme, chris amon, motorracing, motor-racing, goodwood, nz on air, michael oconnor, language, accents, linguistics, edward r morrow, edward morrow, television, producing, directing, live television, von tempsky

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Mark Everton: From TV news to classic documentaries...

Posted on 16 March 2015

Mark Everton started his broadcasting career in radio, before joining the TVNZ newsroom in 1985. After jumping ship to help run Nightline for TV3, he set himself up as an independent producer and director. Everton has been involved with a number of award-winning documentaries including Back from the Dead and Lawson Quins doco The Five of Us. His credits also include the series Epitaph, Captain’s Log, MasterChef New Zealand and Making New Zealand.

In this ScreenTalk, Everton talks about:

  • Learning "so much" while working with the late Angela D’Audney and others on Eyewitness News
  • Moving to TV3 for the "rock'n'roll" days of late night news programme Nightline
  • How the network’s receivership led to better stories
  • How a chance conversation about graveyards lead to hit show Epitaph
  • Successfully convincing the Lawson Quins to tell their story in The Five of Us
  • Finding out too late there were a lot of family home movies
  • Working with Johnny Givins and Gresham Bradley on Captain’s Log
  • Getting memorable advice about seasickness on one of the journeys
  • Obtaining rare footage of a real murder investigation for Operation Bouma
  • Asking the tough questions of contestants on MasterChef New Zealand
  • How Making New Zealand was much more than just an archive series

This video was first uploaded on the 16th of March 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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mark everton, tvnz, nightline, tv3, producer, director, back from the dead, the five of us, epitaph, masterchef new zealand, making new zealand, angela d’audney, lawson quins, johnny givins, gresham bradley, operation bouma, karen sims, rob harley, lindsay perigo, lindsey perigo, bill ralston, richard harman, rod vaughan, rod vaughn, belinda todd, belinda tod, rod petersen, receivership, bankruptcy, john harris, paul gittins, captains log, captain, graveyard, against the odds, seasick, john fraser, megan jones, master chef, master chef nz, archive footage, producing, directing, transport, railways

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James Napier Robertson: The Dark Horse director…

Posted on 4 August 2014

James Napier Robertson began his career as an actor in the teen shows Being Eve and The Tribe. Finding acting unfulfilling, he moved into writing and directing with the short film Foul Play, before forming a production company with business partner Tom Hern. Since then Napier Robertson has directed two features: I’m Not Harry Jenson and The Dark Horse.

In this ScreenTalk, Napier Robertson talks about:

  • Feeling validated yet unfulfilled as an actor on Being Eve
  • Meeting his future production partner Tom Hern on the kids show The Tribe
  • Possibly taking on too many roles directing his short film Foul Play
  • Underestimating the budget on his first feature film I’m Not Harry Jenson
  • Thinking he’d almost killed one of the actresses on set
  • The responsibility of writing the true story The Dark Horse
  • Feeling very lucky to have created a dream cast for the film

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

 
 

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director, the dark horse, dark horse, being eve, the tribe, actor, foul play, tom hern, im not harry jenson, acting

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Peter Wells: Desperate Remedies and making queer films...

Posted on 12 May 2014

Peter Wells is an accomplished writer and director who has explored gay and historical themes in his work. Among his television and film credits are the ground-breaking TV dramas Jewel’s Darl and A Death in the Family. Wells also created the feature film Desperate Remedies with co-director Stewart Main. In later years he has collaborated with filmmakers Annie Goldson (Georgie Girl) and Garth Maxwell (Naughty Little Peeptoe). 

In this ScreenTalk, Wells talks about:

  • The idea for My First Suit coming from his co-director Stewart Main
  • Knowing that the TV drama Jewel’s Darl would enrage people
  • How actress Georgina Beyer was made for the role of Jewel
  • Filming a scene in front of a real protest against homosexual law reform
  • Having a huge problem with TV censors over the drama
  • How a personal experience lead to the film A Death in the Family
  • Turning a desire to save at-risk architecture into The Mighty Civic
  • How budget constraints lead to the high theatre of Desperate Remedies
  • Having to convince the Film Commission on the casting choices
  • Telling the impressive story of Georgina Beyer in Georgie Girl
  • Believing that queer filmmaking does have a future 

This video was first uploaded on 12 May 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence. 

 
 

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peter wells, writer, director, gay, nz tv dramas, jewels darl, a death in the family, desperate remedies, stewart main, annie goldson, georgie girl, garth maxwell, naughty little peeptoe, my first suit, georgina beyer, the mighty civic, queer

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Michael Firth: Oscar-nominated action man...

Posted on 24 March 2014

Producer/director Michael Firth first made his mark directing the documentary feature Off the Edge. The ski movie was a key early film in the NZ 'new wave' (with contemporary Sleeping Dogs and later Goodbye Pork Pie) and earned an Academy Award nomination in 1977. Since then Firth has produced and directed the dramatic feature films Sylvia, Heart of the Stag and Vulcan Lane. But it is sport and the outdoors he loves best: he went off the edge again in 1987 with the zany adventure sport movie The Leading Edge, and Firth is the key creative behind the internationally successful TV series Adrenalize and fishing show Take the Bait.

In this ScreenTalk, Firth talks about:

  • How a love of snow skiing led to his first feature Off the Edge
  • How perfect timing enabled the filming of an avalanche
  • Delving into a dark part of Kiwi life in Heart of the Stag
  • Facing financing issues while making Sylvia
  • Facing continuity issues recreating that film’s era
  • Creating the ‘crazy docudrama’ that was The Leading Edge
  • How the 1987 share market crash affected the box office
  • Being confronted by Billy T James and a machine gun
  • Selling sports show Adrenalize to 50 countries
  • Almost causing a diplomatic incident with a topless woman
  • How fishing TV show Take the Bait has just grown and grown

This video was first uploaded on 24 March 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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michael firth, off the edge, sylvia, heart of the stag, vulcan lane, adrenalize, take the bait, producer, director

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Bailey Mackey: The man behind the GC…

Posted on 25 November 2013

Bailey Mackey is a former news reporter on Te Karere and 3 News, who is now producing and directing commercial Māori series through Black Inc Media. He is the main creative force behind controversial show The GC, and new reality series The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison.

In this ScreenTalk, Mackey talks about:

  • The shock of going from iwi radio to TVNZ show Te Karere
  • The challenge of working on 3 News
  • How the show Code brought sports talk to Māori Television
  • The origin of famous phrase 'Mean Māori Mean'
  • Feeling very proud of rugby series Beneath the Maori Moon
  • Wanting to show a different side of Māori life in The GC
  • His thoughts on the controversy surrounding the show
  • Pitching the idea of The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison
  • Getting the right mix of drama, vulnerability and humour on the show

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

 
 

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te karere, 3 news, sports, reporter, journalist, producer, director, black inc media, the gc, the life and times of temuera morrison, code, maori television, mean maori mean, beneath the maori moon, maori

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Wayne Tourell: Creating landmark television…

Posted on 19 August 2013

Veteran drama and documentary producer/director Wayne Tourell's career has taken him from Shakespeare to Shortland Street. Tourell's credits include major television series such as Landmarks, Hanlon and Gloss, as well as numerous live TV events including Telethon 1988. More recently he has worked at Natural History New Zealand, and been a regular director on our nightly soap Shortland Street.

In this ScreenTalk, Tourell talks about:

  • Learning from directing legend David Lean on documentary Lost and Found
  • Working with geographic genius Professor Kenneth Cumberland on Landmarks
  • The tortuous process of bringing Hanlon to the small screen
  • How Gloss perfectly mirrored the era it was portraying
  • Why City Life was the wrong show in the wrong time-slot 
  • Worrying that no money would come in while producing Telethon 88
  • How Shortland Street is the Shakespeare of today

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

 
 

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drama, documentary, wayne tourell, shortland street, landmarks, hanlon, gloss, telethon, natural history, producer, director, lost and found

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