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David de Lautour: The 'outrageous' challenge of playing Ted...

Posted on 26 May 2015

David de Lautour has had acting success in both NZ and the United States. He debuted with small roles in Xena: Warrior Princess before moving on to kidult shows Being Eve and The Amazing Extraordinary Friends. Now based in LA, de Lautour has been seen in a number of big US dramas such as NCIS and Once Upon a Time, plus sitcom What I Like about You. He has gone on to star in  Outrageous Fortune prequel Westside, as family patriarch Ted West. 

 In this ScreenTalk, de Lautour talks about: 

  • Being sacrificed on an altar for Xena: Warrior Princess
  • Feeling excited about getting a role on the kidult sitcom Being Eve 
  • Initially feeling unsure if Power Rangers was right for him 
  • Getting comfortable making mistakes on the set of Legend of the Seeker
  • Being a cog in the well-oiled machine that is US drama series NCIS
  • The thrill of wearing an All Black jersey playing Stephen Donald in The Kick 
  • Embracing nerves on set and how they help with performance
  • Loving the incredible vibe on the set of Westside
  • Initially auditioning for another role, but getting the job of playing Ted West
  • The challenge of making the role his own when it is so identified with Frank Whitten
  • The reason he loves playing the character
  • Acting alongside Outrageous Fortune veteran Antonia Prebble
  • Living and working in Los Angeles

This video was first uploaded on 26 May 2015, and is available on YouTube to embed and via this Creative Commons licence.   

 
 

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david de lautour, america, xena: warrior princess, being eve, the amazing extraordinary friends, la, ncis, once upon a time, what i like about you, outrageous fortune, westside, ted west, power rangers, legend of the seeker, all blacks, stephen donald, the kick, frank whitten, antonia prebble, xena, anna hutcheson, holly shanahan, anna hutchison, jason smith, fan convention, rugby, los angeles, hollywood

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Jane Wrightson: On 25 years of NZ On Air...

Posted on 4 March 2015

Jane Wrightson is the Chief Executive of NZ On Air — the agency tasked with funding local television, digital media, music and radio. She began her career working for TVNZ, before becoming New Zealand's first woman Chief Film Censor. Wrightson started working at NZ On Air as the Television Manager before leaving for a stint as head of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. She returned to NZ On Air in 2007 as CEO.

In this ScreenTalk, Wrightson talks about:

  • Early jobs for state broadcaster TVNZ
  • Being paid to watch movies in her role as Chief Film Censor
  • The three-legged stool: how NZ On Air's unique funding model works
  • Why local programming is at the heart of the agency’s philosophy
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the NZ On Air model
  • The things NZ On Air has done that she is most proud of
  • The success of Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune
  • How changes in the TV landscape - including the internet - have affected NZ On Air
  • How international co-productions could be working better
  • Feeling she has "the best job in the country"

This video was first uploaded on the 4th of March 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

NZ On Air 25th Anniversary logo

 
 

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nz on air, new zealand on air, television, censorship, global economy, co-productions, funding, international productions, coproductions, local, local programmes, local programming, culture, radio, digital media, digital content, drama, shortland street, shortland st, outrageous fortune, nothing trivial, go girls, internet, music

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Kate McDermott: From learning the ropes on Shortland St to creating Step Dave...

Posted on 16 February 2015

Kate McDermott is a scriptwriter whose words have been heard in a long list of popular TV comedies and dramas. She began as a writer on Shortland Street, and later became a story-liner for the soap. McDermott then moved on to writing for series like Being Eve, Mercy Peak, Go Girls and Outrageous Fortune. In 2014, McDermott’s own creation Step Dave became a popular series for TVNZ. Series two is now in production.

In this ScreenTalk, McDermott talks about:

  • Making a mess of her first Shortland Street script
  • Eventually becoming a story-liner on the show
  • Bringing a little Shakespeare to hit kids show Being Eve
  • Binge-watching episodes of Mercy Peak in order to write for the show
  • Loving the freedom to write swear words in Outrageous Fortune scripts
  • Becoming a showrunner for Go Girls
  • Enjoying working on the comedy drama Nothing Trivial
  • Initially declining a job writing for drama The Blue Rose
  • Having to work at a fast pace creating season one of Step Dave

This video was first uploaded on the 16th of February 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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kate mcdermott, shortland street, being eve, mercy peak, go girls, outrageous fortune, step dave, soap, tvnz, writing, shakespeare, comedy, drama, swearing, swear words, nothing trivial, the blue rose, scriptwriting

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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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directing, producing, acting, comedy, farce, russell crowe, michael hurst, john gilbert, mark beesley, robyn malcolm, antony starr, antonia prebble, tammy davis, outrageous fortune, john mcrae, russell crowe, michael hurst, john gilbert, mark beesley, robyn malcolm, antony starr, antonia prebble, tammy davis, jan molenaar, outrageous fortune, radio waves, heroes, cover story, the almighty johnsons, siege, nancy wake: the white mouse, underbelly nz - land of the long green cloud, willy nilly

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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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