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Mark Ferguson: On playing the bad guy…

Posted on 18 November 2013

Australian import Mark Ferguson made a big impact as an actor in New Zealand from his first appearance on Gloss. He went on to play Darryl Neilson, one of Shortland Street's most memorable villains, followed by Darryl’s good guy brother Damien. Since then, Ferguson has appeared in the Spin Doctors series and international shows such as Hercules and Spartacus.

 In this ScreenTalk, Ferguson talks about:

  • How being Australian got him the part on Gloss
  • Being amused by the over-the-top costumes and dialogue on the show
  • Not expecting Shortland Street to last beyond a couple of years
  • Playing both a baddie and a goodie on the soap
  • How Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop brought some centaur realism to Hercules 
  • Having his on-screen time in The Lord of the Rings stolen by an elf
  • Learning the scripts for Spin Doctors in one night
  • Banging a piece of wood on the set of Spartacus
  • Feeling fortunate to have had a career playing "evil bastards"

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

 
 

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gloss, shortland street, actor, spin doctors, hercules, acting, shortl, darryl neilson, hercules and the circle of fire, the lord of the rings, the fellowship of the ring, spartacus: war of the damned, baddies, villains, gil-galad, sauron

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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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Gloss: The 1980s TV legend revisited…

Posted on 29 July 2013

Gloss was a popular soap opera that screened from 1987 to 1990. It pitted a respectable moneyed family against a new generation of rich yuppies. Set in the glamorous world of a fashion magazine, Gloss epitomised the high life and big spending culture of the 80s, while also showcasing the fashion du jour: shoulder pads and big hair.

In this special edition of ScreenTalk, some of the key players in this über-soap talk about their deep and abiding affection for Gloss more than a quarter of a century on…

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

 
 

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gloss, soap opera, 1980s, eighties, 80s, glitter, excess, iconic, classic

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Jennifer Ludlam: Acting without makeup or shoes…

Posted on 11 March 2013

Award-winning actor Jennifer Ludlam has played a range of strong female characters in TV shows such as Cover Story, Gloss, and Undercover. She spent time in Australia appearing in a number of dramas including Prisoner and Sons and Daughters. Returning to New Zealand, Ludlam starred in Sima Urale’s feature film Apron Strings. She is currently appearing in TV thriller The Blue Rose.

In this ScreenTalk, Ludlam talks about:

  • Playing a country girl in a city pub in A Going Concern
  • Lying about her horse riding ability for a role in Radio Waves
  • Having trouble singing and dancing in Gather Your Dreams
  • Forgetting all about one of her roles in Shark in the Park
  • Loving the camaraderie on the set of Prisoner
  • Playing a 'toughie' on Sons and Daughters
  • Being an embarrassment to Ilona Rodgers in Gloss
  • Being cast as a strong and forthright woman in Cover Story
  • Enjoying playing a homophobic mother in Shortland Street
  • Feeling nervous in her first scene in Apron Strings
  • Giving up a theatre tour for a role in The Blue Rose
  • Her one last ambition in TV

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the blue rose, cover story, gloss, interview, actor, television, sons and daughters, apron strings, undercover, prisoner

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Phil Keoghan

Posted on 18 February 2013

New Zealander Phil Keoghan has become an internationally-known TV host thanks to his role on Emmy-winning American reality series The Amazing Race. Keoghan began his career as a TVNZ cameraman before moving into presenting on kids show Spot On. He hosted a number of TV shows in New Zealand, such as That's Fairly Interesting, 3:45 LIVE! and Ya Hoo. Keoghan moved to the USA in the 1990s, where he began to get broadcasting work, eventually landing the coveted role as host of The Amazing Race. Keoghan has also produced and presented other international shows including No Opportunity Wasted, After the Climb, and Keoghan’s Heroes.

In this ScreenTalk, Keoghan talks about:

  • Loving the chance to perform on the kids show Spot On
  • How That's Fairly Interesting helped hone his story-telling skills
  • Being mentored by fellow presenter Mark Leishman
  • Learning to cope with live TV on 3:45 LIVE!
  • An embarrassing moment with Milli Vanilli on set
  • Fighting with actor Kevin Smith on Gloss
  • How his kiwi accent lost him the presenter’s role on Survivor
  • Faking an American accent to host The Amazing Race
  • Believing the show opens up world culture to an American audience
  • The challenges of making 'feel good' series No Opportunity Wasted
  • How his documentary The Ride  has become his favourite ever TV project
  • Being proud of the show earning $1 million for multiple sclerosis

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

 
 

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presenter, gloss, interview, screentalk, the ride, phil keoghan, the amazing race, that, 3:45 live!, spot on, no opportunity wasted

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Simon Prast: From playing the son to playing the father...

Posted on 4 December 2012

Simon Prast made his television debut in cop drama Mortimer’s Patch. Best known for playing spoilt rich kid Alistair Redfern in Gloss, Prast’s biggest film role was playing a gay man in 1998 movie When Love Comes. He also has a strong background in theatre, and for 11 years ran the Auckland Theatre Company. In this ScreenTalk, Prast talks about:

  • Learning how to ‘deliver the goods’ on Mortimer’s Patch
  • The satisfying intensity of acting on ground-breaking AIDS drama A Death in the Family
  • Auditioning alongside Peter Elliott for Gloss
  • Finding the show very urban and fresh
  • Enjoying playing a psychopath on Shortland Street
  • Love and dignity being at the heart of the film When Love Comes
  • The irony of the transition from playing sons to fathers on Go Girls
  • Realising that an aging actor can develop new roles
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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alister redfern, simon prast, Screentalk, when love comes, a death in the family, Go Girls, gloss, interview, actor, mortimer’s patch

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Ross Girven: Trans-Tasman star

Posted on 6 June 2012

Alongside a successful career in musical theatre in Australia, actor Ross Girven has tackled a variety of television roles on both sides of the Tasman, and starred in landmark 1987 New Zealand film Ngati. He debuted on television here in trucking drama Roche, then had roles in a run of TV shows in the 1980s such as Peppermint Twist and The Marching Girls. Girven has also acted in Gloss and Shortland Street, and movie thriller Dangerous Orphans. More recently, he has appeared in Aussie cop show Water Rats, and NZ dramas Orange Roughies and The Cult. In this ScreenTalk, Girven talks about:

  • Joining a mostly female cast on The Marching Girls
  • Feeling that Peppermint Twist was ahead of its time
  • How the location of Ngati became a spiritual home for him
  • Being upset that Gloss was cancelled
  • Enjoying working with Lisa Crittenden (aka Robo-nurse) on Shortland Street
  • How editing changed the nature of the film Dangerous Orphans
  • Loving the scripts on The Cult but feeling the final product didn’t quite deliver
  • Getting to shave his head on the set of Legend of the Seeker
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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gloss, interview, actor, ngati, the cult, shortland street, Screentalk, orange roughies, legend of the seeker, ross girven, roche, peppermint twist, the marching girls, homeward bound, water rats

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Judy Callingham - writing our classics

Posted on 16 August 2011

Judy Callingham has had a long and varied television career as a reporter, presenter, and writer. She first appeared on our screens as a continuity announcer, but then moved on to reporting on the 1960s regional programme Town and Around. Callingham then developed her skills as a television drama writer on shows such as Close to Home, Gloss, Shark in the Park and Shortland Street. In this ScreenTalk interview, Callingham talks about:

  • How a friendly rivalry with a co-reporter on Town and Around forced her to confront a fear of heights
  • Loving being a show runner on Close to Home
  • How the show led to complaints that it didn’t represent real New Zealanders
  • Why writing for Gloss made her a better person to live with
  • That the superb cast of the show made the scripts better
  • Basing the lead character of her TV play Casualties of Peace on her father
  • The ‘organic’ process of writing the scripts for The Billy T James Show
  • Doing a writing experiment while creating scene breakdowns for Shortland Street
  • Admitting she became a writer because she was appalling at being an actress

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

 
 

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writer, town and around, new zealand television, close to home, shark in the park, casualties of peace, the billy t james show, gloss, shortland street

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Janice Finn - writing and producing for TV

Posted on 2 November 2010

Janice Finn is a television writer/producer who has also spent time in front of the camera. Her acting roles have included parts in Close to Home, and The Strip. Finn produced the high camp 80s soap Gloss and 90s drama Marlin Bay, and has written extensively for Shortland Street. She has also produced reality series such as Changing Rooms for Touchdown Productions. Lately Finn has been producing documentaries for Natural History New Zealand. In this ScreenTalk interview, Finn talks about:

  • Playing ‘mad Jane’ in the first season of Close to Home
  • How the show was made as though live, and any mistakes led to an entire re-shoot
  • How her love of fashion and humour lead to the creation of Gloss
  • Story-lining the entire series on a huge piece of paper with James Griffin
  • Being shocked by male media commentators hatred of Gloss
  • Making reality TV with Julie Christie of Touchdown Productions
  • How making Changing Rooms was a complete shambles
  • Having fun playing a loony character on The Strip, despite being very self-conscious
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence

 
 

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writer, producer, gloss, actor

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Danielle Cormack - growing up on screen

Posted on 22 March 2010

Danielle Cormack began acting on stage, but in her mid-teens won a coveted role in the popular 80s soap Gloss. Growing up on screen led her to a one-year stint on Shortland Street, playing sweet and innocent nurse Alison Rayner. Cormack starred in the TV show Topless Women Talk About Their Lives and then went on to the film version of the project. Her pregnancy was incorporated into the film and her performance earned her a best actor award at the 1997 Film and TV Awards. Cormack has appeared in a number of feature films including The Price of Milk, Channelling Baby, and Separation City. She recently appeared in the TV drama The Cult. In this ScreenTalk interview, Cormack talks about:

  • Growing into womanhood while appearing on Gloss
  • Playing the lovable nurse Alison Rayner on Shortland Street
  • Being the first of the original cast to leave the soap
  • Appearing in Xena and not always enjoying the intensity of the show’s fans
  • How becoming pregnant changed Topless Women Talk About Their Lives
  • Giving birth on screen a week after giving birth in real life
  • Why Channelling Baby was her favourite filmic experience
  • Working with a deliciously naughty cast and crazy director on Separation City
  • Feeling a little isolated on the set of The Cult
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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xena, gloss, actor, topless women talk about their lives, shortland street

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