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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.



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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Roger Gascoigne: The man with the golden smile (and that wink)

Posted on 19 November 2012

Roger Gascoigne was at one stage the most famous man on New Zealand television. He began his TV career as a continuity announcer and introduced his infamous wink to the nation. He went on to present a huge range of TV shows in the 70s and 80s including Ready to Roll, Top Town and several Telethons. During the 80s he made the transition to news presenting on regional show Today Tonight. In this ScreenTalk, Gascoigne talks about:

  • Becoming the face of television
  • How ‘the wink’ became an institution
  • Getting excited about music videos in the early days of Ready to Roll
  • Revamping the midnight to dawn slot on Telethon
  • Ruining a valuable piece of equipment on Top Town
  • Fearing for his life while being mobbed on the show
  • Changing the focus of his career by hosting Today Tonight
  • Acting a role similar to his real persona in Peppermint Twist
  • How the arrival of Holmes led to him leaving television
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



Screentalk, tv, today tonight, peppermint twist, Ready to Roll, top town, interview, television, holmes, Roger Gascoigne, telethons

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Ross Girven: Trans-Tasman star

Posted on 6 June 2012

Alongside a successful career in musical theatre in Australia, actor Ross Girven has tackled a variety of television roles on both sides of the Tasman, and starred in landmark 1987 New Zealand film Ngati. He debuted on television here in trucking drama Roche, then had roles in a run of TV shows in the 1980s such as Peppermint Twist and The Marching Girls. Girven has also acted in Gloss and Shortland Street, and movie thriller Dangerous Orphans. More recently, he has appeared in Aussie cop show Water Rats, and NZ dramas Orange Roughies and The Cult. In this ScreenTalk, Girven talks about:

  • Joining a mostly female cast on The Marching Girls
  • Feeling that Peppermint Twist was ahead of its time
  • How the location of Ngati became a spiritual home for him
  • Being upset that Gloss was cancelled
  • Enjoying working with Lisa Crittenden (aka Robo-nurse) on Shortland Street
  • How editing changed the nature of the film Dangerous Orphans
  • Loving the scripts on The Cult but feeling the final product didn’t quite deliver
  • Getting to shave his head on the set of Legend of the Seeker
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



gloss, interview, actor, ngati, the cult, shortland street, Screentalk, orange roughies, legend of the seeker, ross girven, roche, peppermint twist, the marching girls, homeward bound, water rats

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