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Melanie Lynskey: From Heavenly Creatures to Hollywood...

Posted on 23 June 2014

As a high schooler, Melanie Lynskey came to international attention in her first screen role, playing Pauline Parker in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-nominated feature film Heavenly Creatures.

Since then, the New Plymouth-born, Los Angeles-based actress has gone on to work with many of Hollywood’s biggest names, playing Drew Barrymore’s stepsister in Ever After, Matt Damon’s wife in The Informant, and George Clooney’s sister in Up in the Air. She has also had a scene-stealing guest role as Rose on the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Two and a Half Men

Lynskey has returned to New Zealand to star in feature films Snakeskin and Show of Hands, and more recently landed a leading role in the Duplass brothers’ HBO series Togetherness

In this ScreenTalk, Lynskey talks about:

  • Being bitten by the acting bug at the age of six
  • Missing the school assembly at which the Heavenly Creatures audition was announced
  • Working with actor-director Miranda Harcourt to prepare for her second Heavenly Creatures audition
  • The responsibility of playing a real-life murderer on screen
  • How her off-screen friendship with Kate Winslet mirrored their on-screen relationship
  • Why Snakeskin was the greatest acting experience of her life
  • The secret behind how Craig Hall would prepare for his scenes in Show of Hands
  • Why her experience on her younger sister’s short film, A Kiwi Legend, was better than most of her Hollywood acting jobs
  • Why she turned down the chance to be “a millionaire” on Two and a Half Men
  • What sets A-list actors apart from their acting peers

This video was first uploaded on 23 June 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence. 

 
 

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melanie lynskey, heavenly creatures, ever after, the informant, up in the air, two and a half men, snakeskin, show of hands, togetherness

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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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Sarah Peirse: Multi award winner…

Posted on 4 February 2013

Award-winning actor Sarah Peirse is best known for her portrayals of two very different mothers — the ill-fated Honorah Rieper in Heavenly Creatures, and the disaffected sophisticate in Rain. Peirse’s first film was the 80s short Queen Street, followed by tele-feature A Woman of Good Character (aka It's Lizze to those Close). More recently, she has appeared in tele-movies Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield and Aftershock.

In this ScreenTalk, Peirse talks about:

  • Having an intense acting journey in A Woman of Good Character
  • Playing the gloriously named Vivienne Wallop in Sylvia
  • Being heavily pregnant on the set of The Navigator
  • Her experience of working with director Vincent Ward
  • Being told not to watch Peter Jackson’s previous films prior to working with him on Heavenly Creatures
  • Dreaming about the character she played in the film
  • Finding the story in the feature film Rain compelling
  • Perspectives on her character’s grief and self-destruction
  • Playing a 'constrained and compromised' mother in Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield
  • Not knowing whether or not her work on the Hobbit films will make the final cut
  • Feeling blessed to have been able to do roles integral to many films

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

 
 

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vivienne wallop, queen street, rain, sylvia, the hobbit, the navigator, actor, honora reiper, heavenly creatures, sarah peirse, a woman of good character, bliss

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Oscar-winning designer Grant Major: from Rivendell to NYC

Posted on 31 July 2012

Kiwi production designer Grant Major has worked on many of New Zealand’s biggest films such as An Angel At My Table, Heavenly Creatures, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Whale Rider, and King Kong. In 2004, Major won an Academy Award for his design work on The Return of the King. In this ScreenTalk, Major talks about:

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

 
 

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interview, lord of the rings, king kong, whale rider, grant major, production designer, oscar, oscars, academy award, heavenly creatures, green lantern, screentalk, an angel at my table

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