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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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Shavaughn Ruakere: The leap of faith from TV presenting to acting...

Posted on 16 December 2013

Shavaughn Ruakere began her career as a presenter on kids TV show What Now?. Later she graduated to presenting on music channel C4, after a stint co-presenting UK morning show SM:TV. Since then Ruakere has made the switch to acting, and appeared in a number of shows including The Jaquie Brown Diaries and Legend of the Seeker. She is currently starring in Shortland Street as core cast member Roimata Ngatai. In this ScreenTalk, Ruakere talks about:

  • Being scared by going on live TV for What Now?
  • Not being shy about being a ‘dick’ on a kids show
  • Witnessing two experienced actors ‘ad-libbing’ on the set of River Queen
  • Managing to avoid doing a nude scene in the film
  • How presenting on C4 showed a more mature side of herself
  • Wearing leather and high heels for Legend of the Seeker
  • How her role on Shortland Street pulled her out of a slump
  • The similarities and differences between her and her character Roimata
  • Coping with the time restraints and pace of shooting on the show
  • Loving working with George Henare and the rest of her on-camera family
  • How ‘being someone else’ on set helps her overcome doubt

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

 
 

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interview, actor, presenter, what now?, shortland street, legend of the seeker, the jaquie brown diaries, river queen, screentalk, shavaughn ruakere

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Antonia Prebble: On giving birth on screen…

Posted on 18 June 2013

Antonia Prebble is best known for playing Loretta West in Outrageous Fortune. Before that, Prebble appeared in the kidult shows Mirror Mirror and The Tribe, and was a presenter on What Now?. In more recent times, she has taken on roles in TV dramas The Almighty Johnsons and The Blue Rose, and now stars in the new movie White Lies

In this ScreenTalk, Prebble talks about:

  • Coping with filming in mid winter on her first show Mirror Mirror
  • Freaking out at having to have purple hair in The Tribe
  • Being allowed to have braces while presenting on What Now?
  • How she originally auditioned for the role of Pascalle on Outrageous Fortune
  • Spending a lot of time giggling on the set of The Blue Rose
  • How Jane in the series is the most ‘normal’ character she’s played
  • Why her role in White Lies was the most challenging she has done
  • Realising that giving birth on screen is a recurring pattern in her career

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

 
 

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screentalk, interview, antonia prebble, loretta west, outrageous fortune, mirror mirror, the tribe, what now?, the almighty johnsons, the blue rose, white lies

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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

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

 
 

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

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Bruce Morrison: Heartland, poetry and liquor bottles…

Posted on 4 March 2013

Bruce Morrison's career as a producer, director and writer has brought some memorable New Zealand stories to the screen. He has been involved in a number of arts shows such as Kaleidoscope and Profiles, as well as poetry documentaries The Roaring 40's Tour and The Road to Jerusalem. Morrison directed the feature films Constance, Shaker Run and Queen City Rocker, and was a long-time director on Gary McCormick's iconic Heartland documentary series.

In this ScreenTalk, Morrison talks about: 

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

 
 

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the road to jerusalem, kaleidoscope, raglan by the sea, queen city rocker, screentalk, the roaring 40s tour, interview, heartland, bruce morrison, director, shaker run, profiles, producer, writer, bastion point, constance

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

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Lindsay Shelton: Film seller supreme…

Posted on 23 January 2013

Lindsay Shelton's career testifies to his love of communicating, and his love of film. After working in newspapers he began a decade programming the Wellington Film Festival, while working in television news. In 1979 he joined the New Zealand Film Commission: over the next 22 years he was an enthusiastic promoter and salesman for New Zealand film around the globe. 

In this ScreenTalk interview, Shelton talks about:

  • Getting pulled into the new medium of television, from a globetrotting newspaper career
  • Campaigning to sell films for the New Zealand Film Commission
  • The golden days of Kiwi movies first breaking into overseas markets: Goodbye Pork Pie, then selling Sleeping Dogs and Smash Palace to the United States
  • How the world was discovering New Zealand as a hothouse of new and exciting talent
  • Shelton's longheldbelief that the best way to promote New Zealand films is by country rather than genre
  • How without the NZ Film Commission there would be no local film industry
  • The "wonderful" but stressful story of how Shelton persuaded Jane Campion to turn An Angel at My Table into a movie
  • Stunned reactions to the first international screening of Once Were Warriors, at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

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

 
 

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An Angel at My Table , Goodbye Pork Pie , promotion, Jane Campion , screentalk, interview, Venice Film Festival , Sweetie , Once Were Warriors , marketing, lindsay shelton, Cannes , Smash Palace , interviews , Sleeping Dogs

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Murray Keane: From acting to directing in primetime…

Posted on 15 January 2013

Actor and director Murray Keane's first big role on screen was in 1980s television series Peppermint Twist. His acting credits also include Away Laughing, Chunuk Bair and Braindead. In the 1990s, Keane moved into directing, working on popular drama series Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons and Go Girls. In this ScreenTalk, Keane talks about:

  • Playing a semi-mute drummer on Peppermint Twist
  • Working in mud and unwashed costumes for movie Chunuk Bair
  • Why the film Braindead was the worst experience of his career
  • The pressure of directing episodes of Shortland Street
  • Being proud of directing Diplomatic Immunity despite its disappointing ratings
  • Enjoying public praise for his contribution to Outrageous Fortune
  • How Go Girls proved a great way of improving his directing skills
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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director, interview, actor, outrageous fortune, Go Girls, shortland street, Screentalk, The Almighty Johnsons, peppermint twist, murray keane, away laughing, chunuk bair, braindead

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Siobhan Marshall: An Outrageous success...

Posted on 8 January 2013

After making her television debut on Shortland Street in 2004, Siobhan Marshall won fame as straight-talking sister Pascalle West over six seasons of Outrageous Fortune. In 2005 she won celebrity singing contest Sing Like a Superstar. More recently she made a guest appearance on The Almighty Johnsons, and will next join her Outrageous screen sister Antonia Prebble as co-star of The Blue Rose. In this ScreenTalk, Marshall talks about:

  • Being inspired into acting by seeing Les Miserables
  • Playing her name-sake in Shortland Street
  • Being accused of playing a slut on the show
  • Moving from comic relief to ‘meaty’ drama in Outrageous Fortune
  • Getting room to develop her acting and character on the show
  • Having a serious migraine while taping Sing Like a Superstar
  • Learning how to behave like a man on The Almighty Johnsons
  • Discovering a penchant for bending the truth on Would I Lie to You?
  • Being one of the only actors in the cast of Duncan’s Lady to speak English
  • Playing a cool Kiwi girl in new drama series The Blue Rose
  • Believing acting is the only thing she’s good at

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

 
 

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interview, actor, outrageous fortune, shortland street, sing like a superstar, the blue rose, would i lie to you, screentalk, the almighty johnsons, siobhan marshall

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Phillip Leishman: on four decades of TV presenting…

Posted on 20 December 2012

Broadcaster Phillip Leishman has had one of the longest and most successful TV presenting careers in New Zealand. He began presenting sports news and events in the 1970s, and has hosted major live events such as the Olympics and test rugby. Leishman also helmed long-running game show Wheel of Fortune, and, more recently, the internationally-syndicated Golf Show. In this ScreenTalk, Leishman talks about:

  • Becoming Glyn Tucker’s ‘little shadow’ on Turf Talk
  • How tech problems led to him commentating on the 1976 Olympic Games
  • The difficulties of covering the 1981 Springbok Tour
  • Loving the pace of production on Wheel of Fortune
  • Initially failing to notice David Tua’s infamous ‘O for awesome’ moment
  • Hosting the last televised Miss New Zealand contest
  • Missing the cool atmosphere of Weekend
  • Why The Golf Show has been his favourite gig
  • Traveling the world having a good time on Air New Zealand Holiday
  • Being proud of his 41 years on air

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

 
 

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interview, presenter, host, wheel of fortune, presenting, the golf show, olympics, olympic games, david tua, o for awesome, o for orsum, weekend, air new zealand holiday, phillip leishman, springbok tour, screentalk

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