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Fiona Samuel: Marching to success…

Posted on 10 December 2012

Fiona Samuel has found success as an actor, writer and director. Her first acting job was in long-running soap Close to Home, and she followed that with appearances in a number of film and TV shows. Samuel’s greatest passion, however, is for writing and directing. She was the creative force behind The Marching Girls, and has written scripts for shows such as Outrageous FortuneThe Almighty Johnsons and Rude Awakenings. Samuel also wrote and directed award-winning one-off dramas Piece of My Heart, and Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield. In this ScreenTalk, Samuel talks about:

  • Being too theatrical on the set of Close to Home
  • Creating the concept for The Marching Girls
  • Discovering her scriptwriting skills needed an overhaul
  • Adding a prostitute to the original story in Home Movie
  • How a surprising statistic led her to create the documentary Virginity
  • Taking 10 years to get Piece of My Heart funded
  • The reasons she picked the main actresses
  • Bringing a fresh but authentic feel to Bliss
  • Wishing she’d had even more opportunities in her career
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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director, interview, rena owen, actor, writer, outrageous fortune, close to home, bliss, katherine mansfield, Screentalk, The Almighty Johnsons, the marching girls, fiona samuels, wude awakenings, piece of my heart, home movie

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The real Kate Elliott

Posted on 6 December 2011

Kate Elliott began her life on screen after attending an audition at school. Since winning that role - as a bulimic, sexually abused, self-mutilating teenager in House of Sticks - Elliott has starred in many of New Zealand’s major television productions including Street Legal, The Insiders Guide to Love, The Cult, Shortland Street, and played Katherine Mansfield in tele-featureBliss. Her film credits include Toy Love, The Locals, and Fracture. In this ScreenTalk interview, Elliott talks about:

  • Why she chose to be an actor
  • How she began her screen career at age 14
  • Making out with Madeleine Sami while wearing a school uniform in the Harry Sinclair production Pale Blue
  • Her experiences on TV series Street Legal
  • How strippers at Mermaids taught her how to act while under water in Toy Love
  • Using what she learned on Toy Love for under water scenes in Bliss
  • Her character in The Insiders Guide To Love
  • Appearing in the Whittaker’s chocolate TV commercials
  • Playing Katherine Mansfield for the first time in An Indiscreet Journey and how her character differed from the Katherine Mansfield in Bliss
  • Juggling a new baby and her role in The Cult
  • The fight to land her leading role in Bliss
  • The unique skills involved in working on Shortland Street

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

 
 

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actor, the cult, shortland street, street legal, kate elliott, house of sticks, the insiders guide to love, the locals, fracture, bliss, katherine mansfield, madeleine sami, harry sinclair, pale blue, whittaker's chocolate, an indiscreent journey, an indiscreet journey, toy love

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