'documentary' Posts

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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Chas Toogood: Documenting some of life's great moments...

Posted on 7 April 2015

Chas Toogood is an award-winning documentary producer and director whose work has showcased the strength and determination of the human spirit. He began his career as a news journalist and then moved on to a series of high profile documentaries including the Legends of the All Blacks series, Mark Inglis documentary No Mean Feat, and Sir Peter Blake – The Boy From Bayswater. Toogood has gone on to direct episodes of Wild Coasts with Craig Potton and Coast New Zealand.

In this ScreenTalk, Toogood talks about:

This video was first uploaded on the 7th of April 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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documentary, television, top half, radio, holmes, twelve days of glory, paralympics, paralympians, paraplegics, margaret thatcher, paul holmes, all blacks, rugby, no mean feat, mark inglis, peter blake, nzbc, nz broadcasting, nz broadcasting corporation, regional news, regional television, dave gallaher, belgium, keith quinn, ww1, world war 1, world war one, pippa blake, legends of the all blacks

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Philly de Lacey: On the challenges of making crime shows...

Posted on 1 September 2014

Philly de Lacey is the Managing Director of production company Screentime NZ. Screentime has produced a number of crime documentaries and dramas, and De Lacey has been involved with many of them as Executive Producer. Her credits include documentary series Police Ten 7, Water Patrol and Marae DIY; and the dramas Bloodlines, Siege, Safe House and Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud. Currently De Lacey has two telemovies in post-production: How to Murder Your Wife, and Venus and Mars.

In this ScreenTalk, de Lacey talks about: 

  • Wanting to demystify the police in Police Ten 7
  • Having to carefully edit the programme to protect the vulnerable
  • The joy of making ‘feel good’ show Marae DIY
  • Making sure victims of crime were okay with being part of Beyond the Darklands
  • Dealing carefully with legal issues with Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud
  • Being emotionally affected when filming Siege
  • Justifying the decision to make How to Murder Your Wife a black comedy

This video was first uploaded on September 1 2014. This video is not part of the Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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philly de lacey, screentime, crime, documentary, drama, executive producer, police ten 7, water patrol, pound pups, bloodlines, siege, safe house, underbelly nz - land of the long green cloud, underbelly, how to murder your wife, venus and mars, marae diy, beyond the darklands

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Robert Boyd-Bell: Veteran TV newsman...

Posted on 28 July 2014

Robert Boyd-Bell has made a huge contribution to the development of TV news reporting in New Zealand. He began his career as a reporter with the fledgling NZBC News service in the mid 1960s, and later headed the northern newsroom of TV One in the 1970s. Boyd-Bell has also worked as a documentary producer, and was instrumental in setting up educational television services eTV and The Knowledge Breakfast. He is a keen advocate for public service broadcasting.

In this ScreenTalk, Boyd-Bell talks about:

  • Why the NZBC had to set up its own news service
  • The slow journey international news took to get on air, in the days before a national network
  • Bringing changes to the newsroom
  • The infamous Tonight interview with Sir Robert Muldoon
  • Establishing educational television service eTV
  • How The Knowledge Breakfast became the first online TV show in New Zealand
  • How family dynamics proved a challenge making Billy T: Te Movie
  • How his fascination with Kiri Te Kanawa led to the doco My Breathing is Singing
  • Why New Zealand needs a non-commercial TV service

This video was first uploaded on July 28 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence. 

 
 

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robert boyd-bell, reporter, producer, news, documentary, tv one, sptv, etv, the knowledge breakfast, public service broadcasting, tonight, robert muldoon, interview, billy t: te movie, billy t james, kiri te kanawa, my breathing is singing, online, internet

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John Keir: Documenting Erebus, Sir Ed, Mani, and more...

Posted on 7 April 2014

Veteran producer John Keir has had a long career producing both documentaries and films. He has collaborated on several film projects with director Grant Lahood, including Lemming Aid and Chicken. Keir has also produced large live TV events such as the Sir Edmund Hillary special On Top of the World and Anzac Day coverage for Maori Television.  

In this ScreenTalk, Keir talks about: 

  • Telling the quirky story of temperance in the documentary Fight the Good Fight
  • Battling lawyers in order to film in court for Flight 901: The Erebus Disaster
  • How live coverage of the Sir Edmund Hillary special On Top of the World nearly came a cropper
  • Why the weather created havoc during the filming of Grant Lahood short Lemming Aid
  • Disappointment over poor box office for the feature film Chicken
  • Being fascinated by the idea behind Treaty of Waitangi series Lost in Translation
  • Finding Mani’s Story the most incredible documentary he’s worked on
  • Making actor Mark Mitchinson shave his eyebrows for the tele-feature Bloodlines

This video was first uploaded on 7 April 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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john keir, lemming aid, chicken, on top of the world, fight the good fight, the erebus disaster, lost in translation, manis story, bloodlines, producer, documentary, grant lahood

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Rhonda Kite: Telling great Māori stories…

Posted on 3 February 2014

Producer Rhonda Kite, who runs Kiwa Media Group, has worked on television, film, and interactive book projects. Her first production was award-winning 1998 documentary Otara: Defying the Odds. She also produced the controversial Chinks, Coconuts and Curry Munchers and, on the big screen, Squeegee Bandit. Kite produced anthology series Mataku and  long-running arts show Kete Aronui. Kiwa Media Group has also pioneered a process of dubbing films into other languages. 

In this ScreenTalk, Kite talks about:

  • Learning how to produce on her first documentary Otara: Defying the Odds
  • Wanting to tell her own 'truth' in the documentary
  • The trials and triumphs of a Māori woman in business in Hell for Leather
  • Pushing the boundaries in Chinks, Coconuts and Curry-Munchers
  • Telling real yet spooky stories in series Mataku
  • Discovering the power of drama from other cultures
  • The absolute joy of making arts series Kete Aronui
  • Being inspired and saddened by the story behind Squeegee Bandit
  • An emotional moment for Sandor Lau, the director of the documentary

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

 
 

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producer, rhonda kite, kiwa media group, otara, otara: defying the odds, documentary, squeegee bandit, mataku, kete aronui, hell for leather, chinks, coconuts and curry-munchers, sandor lau, starfish

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Annie Goldson: Award-winning documentary filmmaker...

Posted on 4 November 2013

Annie Goldson, NZOM, is probably New Zealand's most award-laden documentary filmmaker. She is known for her thought-provoking feature-length documentaries Punitive Damage, Georgie Girl, An Island Calling, and Brother Number One. Goldson’s most recent documentary He Toki Huna: New Zealand in Afghanistan (made with Kay Ellmers) looks at New Zealand’s longest millitary engagement.

In this ScreenTalk, Goldson talks about:

  • Working with ‘terrorists’ and ‘militants’ in the Counterterror documentaries
  • The challenge of dealing with the Dili massacre in Punitive Damage 
  • How daily diaries helped shape Georgina Beyer documentary Georgie Girl
  • Filming morally complex documentary An Island Calling
  • The impact that post-traumatic stress had on filming Brother Number One
  • A series of prescient questions in He Toki Huna: New Zealand in Afghanistan

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

 
 

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annie goldson, an island calling, punitive damage, georgine beyer, brother number one, helen todd, john scott, greg scrivener, kerry hamill, rob hamill, he toki huna: new zealand in afghanistan, kay ellmers, counterterror, terrorism, dili, east timor, indonesia, fiji, cambodia, khymer rouge, documentary, politics, military

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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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Steven O'Meagher: The 20 year Dream that is Harry…

Posted on 10 June 2013

As the founder of production company Desert Road, Steven O'Meagher has produced a long list of documentaries, films and television shows. His documentaries include The Understudy, Million Dollar Tumour, and Reluctant Hero. O'Meagher executive produced TV drama This is Not My Life; his latest dramatic project is Harry, featuring Oscar Kightley in the lead role.

In this ScreenTalk, O'Meagher talks about:

  • Throwing away the scripts while working with Paul Holmes on The Way We Were
  • Bringing an opera singer's "fantastic ego and sense of theatre" to documentary The Understudy
  • How feature film Out of the Blue challenged the people of Aramoana
  • Showing a personal journey towards death in award-winning documentary Million Dollar Tumour
  • How a phone call led to the documentary Reluctant Hero about Willie Apiata
  • Selling This is Not My Life to an American production company
  • Being disappointed with how the show rated in New Zealand
  • How producing Harry has been a 20 year dream

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

 
 

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production, producer, the understudy, million dollar tumour, out of the blue, film, tv, television, documentary, reluctant hero, this is not my life, harry, steven omeagher

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