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Shavaughn Ruakere: The leap of faith from TV presenting to acting...

Posted on 16 December 2013

Shavaughn Ruakere began her career as a presenter on kids TV show What Now?. Later she graduated to presenting on music channel C4, after a stint co-presenting UK morning show SM:TV. Since then Ruakere has made the switch to acting, and appeared in a number of shows including The Jaquie Brown Diaries and Legend of the Seeker. She is currently starring in Shortland Street as core cast member Roimata Ngatai. In this ScreenTalk, Ruakere talks about:

  • Being scared by going on live TV for What Now?
  • Not being shy about being a ‘dick’ on a kids show
  • Witnessing two experienced actors ‘ad-libbing’ on the set of River Queen
  • Managing to avoid doing a nude scene in the film
  • How presenting on C4 showed a more mature side of herself
  • Wearing leather and high heels for Legend of the Seeker
  • How her role on Shortland Street pulled her out of a slump
  • The similarities and differences between her and her character Roimata
  • Coping with the time restraints and pace of shooting on the show
  • Loving working with George Henare and the rest of her on-camera family
  • How ‘being someone else’ on set helps her overcome doubt

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

 
 

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legend of the seeker, presenter, interview, actor, the jaquie brown diaries, river queen, what now?, shortland street, screentalk, shavaughn ruakere

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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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the blue rose, outrageous fortune, the tribe, interview, what now?, screentalk, antonia prebble, loretta west, mirror mirror, the almighty johnsons, white lies

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Bruce Morrison: Heartland, poetry and liquor bottles…

Posted on 4 March 2013

Bruce Morrison's career as a producer, director and writer has brought some memorable New Zealand stories to the screen. He has been involved in a number of arts shows such as Kaleidoscope and Profiles, as well as poetry documentaries The Roaring 40's Tour and The Road to Jerusalem. Morrison directed the feature films Constance, Shaker Run and Queen City Rocker, and was a long-time director on Gary McCormick's iconic Heartland documentary series.

In this ScreenTalk, Morrison talks about: 

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

 
 

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the road to jerusalem, kaleidoscope, raglan by the sea, queen city rocker, screentalk, the roaring 40s tour, interview, heartland, bruce morrison, director, shaker run, profiles, producer, writer, bastion point, constance

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Phil Keoghan

Posted on 18 February 2013

New Zealander Phil Keoghan has become an internationally-known TV host thanks to his role on Emmy-winning American reality series The Amazing Race. Keoghan began his career as a TVNZ cameraman before moving into presenting on kids show Spot On. He hosted a number of TV shows in New Zealand, such as That's Fairly Interesting, 3:45 LIVE! and Ya Hoo. Keoghan moved to the USA in the 1990s, where he began to get broadcasting work, eventually landing the coveted role as host of The Amazing Race. Keoghan has also produced and presented other international shows including No Opportunity Wasted, After the Climb, and Keoghan’s Heroes.

In this ScreenTalk, Keoghan talks about:

  • Loving the chance to perform on the kids show Spot On
  • How That's Fairly Interesting helped hone his story-telling skills
  • Being mentored by fellow presenter Mark Leishman
  • Learning to cope with live TV on 3:45 LIVE!
  • An embarrassing moment with Milli Vanilli on set
  • Fighting with actor Kevin Smith on Gloss
  • How his kiwi accent lost him the presenter’s role on Survivor
  • Faking an American accent to host The Amazing Race
  • Believing the show opens up world culture to an American audience
  • The challenges of making 'feel good' series No Opportunity Wasted
  • How his documentary The Ride  has become his favourite ever TV project
  • Being proud of the show earning $1 million for multiple sclerosis

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

 
 

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presenter, gloss, interview, screentalk, the ride, phil keoghan, the amazing race, that, 3:45 live!, spot on, no opportunity wasted

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Lindsay Shelton: Film seller supreme…

Posted on 23 January 2013

Lindsay Shelton's career testifies to his love of communicating, and his love of film. After working in newspapers he began a decade programming the Wellington Film Festival, while working in television news. In 1979 he joined the New Zealand Film Commission: over the next 22 years he was an enthusiastic promoter and salesman for New Zealand film around the globe. 

In this ScreenTalk interview, Shelton talks about:

  • Getting pulled into the new medium of television, from a globetrotting newspaper career
  • Campaigning to sell films for the New Zealand Film Commission
  • The golden days of Kiwi movies first breaking into overseas markets: Goodbye Pork Pie, then selling Sleeping Dogs and Smash Palace to the United States
  • How the world was discovering New Zealand as a hothouse of new and exciting talent
  • Shelton's longheldbelief that the best way to promote New Zealand films is by country rather than genre
  • How without the NZ Film Commission there would be no local film industry
  • The "wonderful" but stressful story of how Shelton persuaded Jane Campion to turn An Angel at My Table into a movie
  • Stunned reactions to the first international screening of Once Were Warriors, at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

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

 
 

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An Angel at My Table , Goodbye Pork Pie , promotion, Jane Campion , screentalk, interview, Venice Film Festival , Sweetie , Once Were Warriors , marketing, lindsay shelton, Cannes , Smash Palace , interviews , Sleeping Dogs

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Alison Maclean: A gothic crush…

Posted on 18 December 2012

Canadian-born to New Zealand parents, writer and director Alison Maclean helmed one of the most successful NZ Film Commission-funded short films of all time, Kitchen Sink, which debuted at Cannes and won eight international awards. A graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts, she has directed feature films Crush (which she also wrote) and Jesus’ Son. A director of commercials and television series including Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, Maclean divides her time between New York, Canada and New Zealand, and she is developing several feature films. In this ScreenTalk, Maclean talks about:

  • Meeting life-long film industry friends whilst working on Geoff Stevens’ Strata as a summer holiday job
  • Persuading her sculpture department professors to let her make her first short film, Taunt
  • Casting a real rugby player to play an All Black in Rud’s Wife
  • The joy of directing anti-apartheid music video Don’t Go with Chris Knox, Don McGlashan and Rick Bryant
  • Using film to open up the aural medium of radio in Talkback
  • How she treated the writing of Kitchen Sink as an assignment
  • How a black and white photograph in the Listener led Maclean to discover Kitchen Sink actress Theresa Healey
  • Where all that hair came from for Peter Tait’s character in Kitchen Sink
  • The charmed experience and enduring popularity of Kitchen Sink
  • How a road trip with a family friend led to her debut feature film, Crush
  • Directing episodes of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl

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

 
 

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alison mclean, kitchen sink, jesus’ son, sex and the city, gossip girl, taunt, rud’s wife, talkback, crush, interview, screentalk

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Dean O’Gorman: An Almighty Hobbit

Posted on 12 September 2012

Actor Dean O’Gorman won his first lead role in a feature film in Bonjour Timothy at the age of 17. Soon after he starred in Shortland Street, then went on to appear in a long list of international and local TV dramas including Young Hercules, McLeod’s Daughters and The Almighty Johnsons. O’Gorman’s next big screen appearance will be in The Hobbit. In this ScreenTalk, O’Gorman talks about:

  • Getting the lead role in Bonjour Timothy at just 17
  • Being at the mercy of the writers on Shortland Street
  • Learning to play with swords on the set of Xena
  • A physically demanding role on Young Hercules
  • Playing a gay character in the film When Love Comes
  • Being a ‘man women would like to see’ on McLeod’s Daughters
  • A small but satisfying role in Serial Killers
  • Learning to play cricket with his left hand for Tangiwai: A Love Story
  • Being more conservative in real life than his character in The Almighty Johnsons

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

 
 

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bonjour timothy, the hobbit, young hercules, interview, shortland street, screentalk, the almighty johnsons, mcleod’s daughters, dean o'gorman

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Nancy Brunning: Nurse Jaki Manu to Strength of Water

Posted on 20 March 2012

Nancy Brunning's television debut was in the first episode of Shortland Street as series regular Nurse Jaki Manu. She turned in a memorable performance as gang girl Tania in What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, and played a fun loving lesbian in When Love Comes.  Brunning has appeared in a number of TV projects including Mataku and Fish Skin Suit. As well as acting, she also directed the WWII-era short Journey to Ihipa. In this ScreenTalk, Brunning talks about:

  • How it took six months to get used to working on the set of Shortland Street
  • Feeling the pressure of playing the only Māori female character on primetime TV
  • Having to tell her father she was playing a lesbian in When Love Comes
  • Writing a diary to develop her tough role in What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
  • Learning to stand up to director Ian Mune on set
  • Finding it hard to work out the character of Joy in The Strength of Water
  • Why a particular scene in the movie proved to be the hardest to shoot

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

 
 

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fish skin suit, what becomes of the broken hearted, jaki manu, when love comes, mataku, journey to ihipa, interview, actor, shortland street, screentalk, nancy brunning

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Alison Bruce: on Being Eve, Hercules and Agnetha

Posted on 28 February 2012

Alison Bruce is an award-winning actress who has played a diverse range of film and TV characters. She has starred in New Zealand’s long-running soap Shortland Street and some of our biggest TV dramas such as Shark in the Park, Mercy Peak and the kidult comedy Being Eve. Her film career includes roles in The World’s Fastest Indian, An Angel At My Table, and Reckless Behaviour. She last graced our television screens playing Agnetha in The Almighty Johnsons.

In this ScreenTalk, Bruce talks about:

  • Creating chaos for the production company of Shark in the Park
  • How appearing in one episode of Xena made her a sex symbol
  • Working with a young and ‘geeky’ Ryan Gosling on Young Hercules
  • How the lead role in Majik and Rose changed her career
  • Fighting over a toilet seat with Steve Lovatt in Being Eve
  • Working her real pregnancy into the storylines of Mercy Peak
  • Being too nervous to speak on the set of The World’s Fastest Indian
  • Feeling anxious about the scripts on The Almighty Johnsons
  • Always feeling she’ll be caught out as a ‘fraud’ as an actress

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

 
 

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interview, xena, shortland street, shark in the park, being eve, mercy peak, actress, screentalk, alison bruce, the world’s fastest indian, an angel at my table, reckless behaviour, the almighty johnsons, majik and rose

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