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Irene Wood: The two rules of acting…

Posted on 20 April 2015

Irene Wood has played Katherine Mansfield, a nymphomaniac pensioner, and a gin-toting grandma to a Go Girl. Her screen career first got busy in the early days of NZ TV, as an actor, TV presenter, and musical performer. Years later she would snare what is probably her best-known role: as a hard-drinking grandma over five seasons of hit show Go Girls. Wood has also appeared on Shortland Street and in movies Rest for the Wicked and The Shirt.

In this ScreenTalk interview, Wood talks about:

• Her no-nonsense attitude to acting  and the only two rules that matter in the game

• “Prancing around the stage” and singing-off key, in her first performing role
• Busy days of television in the 60s
• The advantages of being forced to perform live
• Wearing Elizabeth McRae’s clothes on Shortland Street
• Playing mother to a “hopeless drug addict son” in dark-edged movie The Shirt
• Her role as Nan McMann, one of a quartet of solo mothers on Go Girls
• Revelling in the chance to make a fool of herself on the show
• Playing a sex-obsessed pensioner alongside Ilona Rodgers, in film Rest for the Wicked
• Why there are less roles in NZ for actors of a certain vintage
• Her thoughts on portrayals of elderly characters on screen

This video was first uploaded on the 20th of April 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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television, acting, 60s, live television, go girls, music hall, shortland street, the shirt, rest for the wicked, elizabeth mcrae, liz stokes, ross bevan, brian sergent, annie whittle, ingrid park, alix bushnell, alex bushnell, ilona rodgers, sex, ageing, elderly, nan mcmann, brian sargeant

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John Milligan: Documenting New Zealand history and lifestyle...

Posted on 13 April 2015

John Milligan is an award-winning producer, director and writer who has worked on a wide range of shows for television. His many series credits include Maggie’s Garden Show, Epitaph, Shipwreck and Mucking In. Milligan was also producer and director of the documentaries Trio at the Top, New Zild and Von Tempsky’s Ghost.

In this ScreenTalk, Milligan talks about:

  • Working on live, non-commercial morning show Weekend
  • Commanding 14 cameras on his first documentary Monza Monaco Macau Wellington
  • Not knowing anything about plants when he began on Maggie’s Garden Show
  • Being surprised at how long it took to make Kiwi bach documentary A Summer Place
  • Digging into history for his motor racing documentary Trio at the Top
  • The challenge of creating battle scenes in the rain for Von Tempsky’s Ghost
  • Convincing people Kiwis have an accent when making New Zild
  • Thinking there’s too much TV nowadays

This video was first uploaded on the 13th of April 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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john milligan, producer, director, writer, maggie’s garden show, epitaph, shipwreck, mucking in, documentary, trio at the top, new zild, von tempsky’s ghost, new zild, tv, new zealand television, bach, gardening, cars, carhead, a summer place, monza monaco macau wellington, architecture, bruce mclaren, denny hulme, chris amon, motorracing, motor-racing, goodwood, nz on air, michael oconnor, language, accents, linguistics, edward r morrow, edward morrow, television, producing, directing, live television, von tempsky

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Chas Toogood: Documenting some of life's great moments...

Posted on 7 April 2015

Chas Toogood is an award-winning documentary producer and director whose work has showcased the strength and determination of the human spirit. He began his career as a news journalist and then moved on to a series of high profile documentaries including the Legends of the All Blacks series, Mark Inglis documentary No Mean Feat, and Sir Peter Blake – The Boy From Bayswater. Toogood has gone on to direct episodes of Wild Coasts with Craig Potton and Coast New Zealand.

In this ScreenTalk, Toogood talks about:

This video was first uploaded on the 7th of April 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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documentary, television, top half, radio, holmes, twelve days of glory, paralympics, paralympians, paraplegics, margaret thatcher, paul holmes, all blacks, rugby, no mean feat, mark inglis, peter blake, nzbc, nz broadcasting, nz broadcasting corporation, regional news, regional television, dave gallaher, belgium, keith quinn, ww1, world war 1, world war one, pippa blake, legends of the all blacks

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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 Harcourt: On a lifetime of performance…

Posted on 22 September 2014

Veteran actress Kate Harcourt has had a long and distinguished career in theatre, television and film. Her first television role was as a presenter on the Wellington version of children’s show Junior Magazine. She would later appear in TV dramas such as Country GP, Plain Tastes, and the TV play Loose Enz - Free Enterprise. Harcourt has also acted in a number of feature films including Mr Wrong, Apron Strings and Savage Islands. Her most recent role was in Gaylene Preston’s TV miniseries Hope and Wire.

In this ScreenTalk, Harcourt talks about:

  • Presenting next to a terrifying hippopotamus on Junior Magazine
  • Making sure she stuck to the script filming Beyond Reasonable Doubt
  • Meeting Arthur Allan Thomas on the set
  • Being confronted by a mouse in a sandwich in Loose Enz - Free Enterprise
  • Exposing herself to the cast on the set of Savage Islands
  • Having an odd conversation with actor Tommy Lee Jones
  • Winning ‘best female actress’ for the film Pacific Dreams
  • How workshopping with other actresses influenced the script of Hook, Line and Sinker
  • Working in the red zones of Christchurch filming Hope and Wire
  • Why theatre is her greatest love 

This video was first uploaded on September 22 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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actress, actor, theatre, television, film, junior magazine, plain tastes, loose enz, loose enz - free enterprise, mr wrong, apron strings, savage islands, hope and wire, beyond reasonable doubt, savage islands, tommy lee-jones, beyond reasonable doubt, hook, line and sinker, pacific dreams

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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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Shortland Street: Happy 21st Birthday..…

Posted on 6 January 2014

This ScreenTalk marks the 21st birthday of Shortland St on May 25. Produced by South Pacific Pictures for TVNZ, the serial drama has screened five nights a week on TV2 since its inception. It has won awards, sold internationally and become a part of our national landscape and pop culture. A who's who of New Zealand acting talent, writers, directors and producers have worked on the soap.

In this special edition of ScreenTalk (published on 27 May 2013), some of the show's stalwarts reflect on their Shortland St days, and on the programme's importance to NZ and our screen industry. 

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

 
 

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shortland st, shortland street, tv, television, birthday, 21st, drama, soap opera

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Close to Home: New Zealand’s first TV soap opera…

Posted on 2 December 2013

Close to Home first screened on TV One in May 1975 and ran for eight years. The popular and ground-breaking series was New Zealand television's first soap opera. It was based in Wellington and centred around the trials and tribulations of the Hearte family. At its peak in 1977, Close to Home attracted a twice weekly audience of one million viewers.

In this special edition of ScreenTalk, writers and cast members reminisce about their time with Close to Home.

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

 
 

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close to home, soap, soap opera, hearte family, television, tv

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Steven O'Meagher: The 20 year Dream that is Harry…

Posted on 10 June 2013

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

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

 
 

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production, producer, the understudy, million dollar tumour, out of the blue, film, tv, television, documentary, reluctant hero, this is not my life, harry, steven omeagher

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Suzanne Paul: Dancing Queen

Posted on 13 May 2013

Suzanne Paul made a splash on our TV screens as the Queen of Infomercials in the 1980s. She soon had her own TV show called Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, followed by a range of other popular primetime programmes. Despite breaking a rib in the final episode, Paul won the third season of Dancing with the Stars.

In this ScreenTalk, Paul talks about: 

  • Transferring her selling skills from malls to infomercials
  • Learning to accept having the mickey taken out of her
  • Creating the concept for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
  • Running out of celebrities for the show
  • Finding out the title of Garage Sale was not literal
  • Getting a role on How’s Life? despite being flippant
  • How her episode of Intrepid Journeys changed her life
  • Believing she was the comic relief on Dancing with the Stars
  • Breaking a rib on live television but carrying on with the show
  • How a bottle of port lead to the creation of the novelty song and music video The Blue Monkey

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

 
 

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informercials, the blue monkey, television, suzanne paul, novelty, hows life, intrepid journeys, dancing with the stars, garage sale, guess whos coming to dinner, celebrity, tv

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