As the founder of production company Desert Road, Steven O'Meagher has produced a long list of documentaries, films and television shows. His documentaries include The Understudy, Million Dollar Tumour, and Reluctant Hero. O'Meagher executive produced TV drama This is Not My Life; his latest dramatic project is Harry, featuring Oscar Kightley in the lead role.
In this ScreenTalk, O'Meagher talks about:
- Throwing away the scripts while working with Paul Holmes on The Way We Were
- Bringing an opera singer's "fantastic ego and sense of theatre" to documentary The Understudy
- How feature film Out of the Blue challenged the people of Aramoana
- Showing a personal journey towards death in award-winning documentary Million Dollar Tumour
- How a phone call led to the documentary Reluctant Hero about Willie Apiata
- Selling This is Not My Life to an American production company
- Being disappointed with how the show rated in New Zealand
- How producing Harry has been a 20 year dream
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James Anderson and Nick Ward are the brains behind Auckland based production company Two Heads. They've made a name for themselves producing fresh and quirky documentaries and TV series such as Santarchy, Making Tracks, The Cheerleaders and Funny Roots. Two Heads are also the creative force behind TV ONE’s hit show The Food Truck.
In this ScreenTalk, Anderson and Ward talk about:
- How a $5000 doco about an anarchic troupe in Santa suits got them their first commission
- Taking Kiwi music to the world in the series Making Tracks
- Having to avoid young thugs with guns in Brazil during the shooting of the show
- Bringing stand-up comedy back to TV in A Night at the Classic
- Poking fun in a gentle way at mustachioed men in Movember
- Taking healthy fast food to the nation in The Food Truck
- How chef Michael was the perfect quirky fit for the show
- Finding the origins of comedy in TV series Funny Roots
- How their different strengths and abilities have led to a great partnership
This video is available on YouTube
to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence