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Mike Smith: On directing drama and passing on Russell Crowe...

Posted on 28 April 2014

Versatile director Mike Smith has made an enormous amount of New Zealand drama. Highlights of his lengthy television CV include Radio WavesDugganSerial KillersThe Almighty JohnsonsNothing Trivial, tele-movie Siege and upcoming docudrama Nancy Wake: The White Mouse. Smith also had a big hand in creating Heroes (80s pop band on-the-make show), yokels comedy Willy Nilly, children’s drama The Lost Children and 2013 comedy Sunny Skies. He was also one of the key players in the launch of Outrageous Fortune.

In this ScreenTalk interview, Smith talks about:

  • The unforgettable personnel officer when he interviewed to join state television
  • Vital lessons learned from drama head John McRae, while directing 70s soap Radio Waves
  • Producing and directing Heroes, the drama series about a pop band
  • Failing to cast a young unknown called Russell Crowe
  • Differences between Australia and NZ, after eight years largely working across the Tasman
  • Returning home for drama series Cover Story
  • Creating shows after setting up a production company with editor John Gilbert
  • Making successful short Willy Nilly, about two “rural idiots,” and learning about the complexities of comedy on the hit TV series which followed
  • Casting secrets from his days as producer of Outrageous Fortune: including a lack of network enthusiasm for star Robyn Malcolm, and Munter originally being a Pākehā
  • Working with “fantastic” producer/director Mark Beesley on The Almighty Johnsons
  • How in a sense directing is a little bit like sex
  • Taking different approaches to turning true life stories into drama with Siege and Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud
  • Lessons learned as a director

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

 
 

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John Laing: Beyond Reasonable Doubt to Outrageous Fortune...

Posted on 3 March 2014

Veteran producer/director John Laing has worked in film and television in New Zealand, Canada and the UK. His feature films include the Arthur Allan Thomas-inspired Beyond Reasonable Doubt, cross-cultural romance Other Halves and thriller Dangerous Orphans. Laing has also directed a long list of popular drama series for TV, including Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, Street Legal, Inside Straight and Marlin Bay; plus tele-feature Safe House.

In this ScreenTalk, Laing talks about:

  • Upsetting the National Film Unit with his unconventional film Kariotahi Beach
  • Learning how to direct a feature film on the set of Beyond Reasonable Doubt
  • Taking on too many roles on offbeat thriller The Lost Tribe
  • Getting back to basic story-telling on Inside Straight
  • Being unhappy with the end result on feature film Other Halves
  • Relishing the prospect of creating film noir feature Dangerous Orphans
  • The challenge of juggling different directors on Outrageous Fortune
  • Creating an 'intense' set for tele-feature Safe House

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

 
 

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john laing, beyond reasonable doubt, other halves, dangerous orphans, go girls, nothing trivial, kariotahi beach, the lost tribe, inside straight, outrageous fortune, safe house, directing, producing, national film unit, nfu, arthur allan thomas

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James Griffin gets serious about Kiwi comedy

Posted on 13 January 2014

Scriptwriter, playwright and columnist James Griffin has been writing for most of his life. Since becoming a scriptwriter in the 1980s Griffin has written many of New Zealand’s most well known and best loved TV shows (including co-creating Outrageous Fortune) as well as the feature film Sione's Wedding. In this interview (originally published 8 July 2009), he discusses

  • His love of writing from an early age but his desire to be a TV director
  • Getting “side-tracked” into script editing and learning the mechanics of how a script works
  • The popularity of Gloss and blending comedy and drama
  • His surprise that the TV drama City Life flopped
  • The rollercoaster ride that is Outrageous Fortune and when its run should end
  • Criticism of NZ comedy
  • What it takes to make a “hit” TV show

This video is also available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence. Credits:  Interview, Camera & Editing – Andrew Whiteside

 
 

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nzonscreen, television, writer, outrageous fortune, james griffin, city life, south pacific pictures

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Shane Cortese: On being a bad guy...

Posted on 23 December 2013

Shane Cortese made a name for himself on stage in London’s West End before coming home to New Zealand to begin a career in television. Since his return, Cortese has played TV roles across the spectrum of characters, including the evil Dominic Thompson in Shortland Street, and more recently Hayden Peters in Outrageous Fortune. In this ScreenTalk interview [originally published on 4 December 2010], Cortese reveals:

  • His tumultuous contract wrangles upon leaving a UK stage show to return to NZ to be in Shortland Street
  • What it is like playing the bad guy
  • His initial feelings about the prospect of being on Dancing with the Stars
  • How he developed his craft hosting So You Think You Can Dance
  • The amusing story of learning about his starring role in Burying Brian
  • How it felt to be part of the West family in Outrageous Fortune
  • Details of his latest work in Brown Bruthas and The Almighty Johnsons

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

 
 

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actor, outrageous fortune, shortland street

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Mark Mitchinson: A career playing dangerous men…

Posted on 21 October 2013

Award-winning actor Mark Mitchinson has made a name for himself bringing complex and dangerous characters to life on screen. He has played a psychiatrist who murdered his wife in Bloodlines; a gunman in Siege; and a dodgy shrink in Nothing Trivial. In 2013, Mitchinson also produced and starred in the made for the web drama/comedy High Road.

In this ScreenTalk, Mitchinson talks about:

  • Being overwhelmed by the pace of filming on Outrageous Fortune
  • Relishing the contradictions of the lead role in Bloodlines
  • A small but critical role in the tele-feature Rage
  • Gaining a perspective on Peter Jackson in The Hobbit
  • Lobbying to play the killer in Siege
  • The strange experience of filming in the real location of the drama
  • The genesis of his web series High Road
  • Realising his role in Nothing Trivial could make him hated

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

 
 

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mark mitchinson, bloodlines, seige, nothing trivial, high road, outrageous fortune, rage, the hobbit, actor

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Outrageous Fortune: A modern morality tale…

Posted on 26 August 2013

Outrageous Fortune ran for six seasons, and lodged itself in New Zealand pop culture forever. The series tells the story of Cheryl West and her attempts to turn her Westie family away from a life of crime. A ratings hit for TV3, Outrageous Fortune proved that New Zealand television drama could hold its own against overseas productions.

In this special edition of ScreenTalk, some of the key players in the much loved show talk about the wonderful and unique experience that was Outrageous Fortune

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

 
 

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outrageous fortune, cheryl west, westies, wests, drama, crime, criminal

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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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Simon Bennett: On producing and directing the big TV dramas…

Posted on 15 April 2013

Simon Bennett's extensive CV includes producing and directing episodes of long-running successes Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune. He has also spent time in executive roles at South Pacific Pictures, the production house behind these shows, and directed SPP feature film Sione's 2: Unfinished Business.

In this ScreenTalk, Bennett talks about:

  • Having to clean up horse manure for his first TV directing job on Riding High
  • Learning to direct fast-turnaround TV drama on Shortland Street
  • Being told off by the actors when directing Mercy Peak
  • Taking up the reigns as Head of Drama at South Pacific Pictures
  • How fantastic writing and acting made Outrageous Fortune a hit
  • The unlikely premise of The Almighty Johnsons
  • The challenges of making a sequel to a successful film, with Sione's 2: Unfinished Business
  • Being intrigued by the scripts of The Blue Rose
  • Enjoying the fast-paced nature of the show

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

 
 

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simon bennett, outrageous fortune, shortland street, south pacific pictures, director, producer, television, tv

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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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