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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.



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

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James Coleman on playing himself

Posted on 1 March 2011

Bigger Better Faster Stronger host James Coleman trained as an actor and appeared in the acclaimed film Stickmen, but has mainly made his name as a broadcaster on radio and television. He hosted TV3’s morning show Sunrise, and blended his actor and broadcaster roles in the TV satire The Jaquie Brown Diairies. In this ScreenTalk interview, Coleman talks about:

  • The pleasure of pimping household appliances on Bigger Better Faster Stronger
  • Why the show appeals to both men and women
  • Unnerving his co-hosts on Sunrise with his ad-libbing
  • His reasons for leaving the show
  • The strange experience of playing ‘himself’ on The Jaquie Brown Diaries
  • Playing a gay man in the short film Thinking About Sleep
  • Learning how to act without much dialogue
  • How the feature Stickmen was a big step up for him
  • Why stylistically the film feels dated now
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



comedy, satire, NZ television, radio, talkback, sunrise, breakfast TV

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