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Mark Beesley: Bringing the ‘Westies’ out of the closet…

Posted on 15 July 2013

Director and producer Mark Beesley has worked on some of New Zealand's most high profile series, including Outrageous FortuneShortland Street, The Blue Rose and The Almighty Johnsons. Beesley also worked on the big American shows Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: Legendary Journeys. He also wrote and directed the 'Westie' feature film Savage Honeymoon, which some credit as an inspiration for Outrageous Fortune.

In this ScreenTalk, Beesley talks about:

  • Loving the discipline of making fast-paced drama on Shortland Street
  • Getting a job directing on Xena despite not knowing about CGI
  • Learning that the 'star' comes first on the set of Hercules
  • How Savage Honeymoon was inspired by an American cartoon
  • Working around almost constant rain on set
  • His thoughts on whether or not the film inspired another famous 'Westie' drama
  • The ground-breaking style of Outrageous Fortune
  • How The Almighty Johnsons has created a unique type of primetime drama

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

 
 

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the blue rose, producer, shortland street, the almighty johnsons, mark beesley, direct, outrageous fortun, xena warrior princess, xen, savage honeymoon, westies

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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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Stelios Yiakmis: From heart-throb to bad guy …

Posted on 18 March 2013

Actor Stelios Yiakmis created a name for himself playing doctor Johnny Marinovich for five years on Shortland Street. He gained further acting credentials in a range of Australian and Kiwi TV shows such as McLeod's Daughters, All Saints, and Underbelly – Land of the Long White Cloud, and the Australian feature film Jindabyne. Yiakmis is currently appearing as bad guy Derek Peterson in crime drama The Blue Rose

In this ScreenTalk, Yiakmis talks about:

  • Being overawed by his first scene on Shortland Street
  • How a fellow actor couldn’t help him adjust to the work schedule
  • Loving the polarising nature of his character Johnny Marinovich
  • How a role in Street Legal gave him a chance to stretch his acting wings
  • Confusing the local population on the set of McLeod's Daughters
  • Wanting to punch director Ray Lawrence while filming Jindabyne
  • Playing a real life criminal in the Kiwi version of Underbelly
  • Relishing the chance to be a 'bastard' in The Blue Rose
  • How not knowing the plot in advance made the role harder

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

 
 

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the blue rose, street legal, McLeod’s Daughters, underbelly, actor, shortland street, stelios yiakmis, jindabyne, johnny marinovich, all saints

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Jennifer Ludlam: Acting without makeup or shoes…

Posted on 11 March 2013

Award-winning actor Jennifer Ludlam has played a range of strong female characters in TV shows such as Cover Story, Gloss, and Undercover. She spent time in Australia appearing in a number of dramas including Prisoner and Sons and Daughters. Returning to New Zealand, Ludlam starred in Sima Urale’s feature film Apron Strings. She is currently appearing in TV thriller The Blue Rose.

In this ScreenTalk, Ludlam talks about:

  • Playing a country girl in a city pub in A Going Concern
  • Lying about her horse riding ability for a role in Radio Waves
  • Having trouble singing and dancing in Gather Your Dreams
  • Forgetting all about one of her roles in Shark in the Park
  • Loving the camaraderie on the set of Prisoner
  • Playing a 'toughie' on Sons and Daughters
  • Being an embarrassment to Ilona Rodgers in Gloss
  • Being cast as a strong and forthright woman in Cover Story
  • Enjoying playing a homophobic mother in Shortland Street
  • Feeling nervous in her first scene in Apron Strings
  • Giving up a theatre tour for a role in The Blue Rose
  • Her one last ambition in TV

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

 
 

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the blue rose, cover story, gloss, interview, actor, television, sons and daughters, apron strings, undercover, prisoner

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Siobhan Marshall: An Outrageous success...

Posted on 8 January 2013

After making her television debut on Shortland Street in 2004, Siobhan Marshall won fame as straight-talking sister Pascalle West over six seasons of Outrageous Fortune. In 2005 she won celebrity singing contest Sing Like a Superstar. More recently she made a guest appearance on The Almighty Johnsons, and will next join her Outrageous screen sister Antonia Prebble as co-star of The Blue Rose. In this ScreenTalk, Marshall talks about:

  • Being inspired into acting by seeing Les Miserables
  • Playing her name-sake in Shortland Street
  • Being accused of playing a slut on the show
  • Moving from comic relief to ‘meaty’ drama in Outrageous Fortune
  • Getting room to develop her acting and character on the show
  • Having a serious migraine while taping Sing Like a Superstar
  • Learning how to behave like a man on The Almighty Johnsons
  • Discovering a penchant for bending the truth on Would I Lie to You?
  • Being one of the only actors in the cast of Duncan’s Lady to speak English
  • Playing a cool Kiwi girl in new drama series The Blue Rose
  • Believing acting is the only thing she’s good at
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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Siobhan Marshall, the blue rose, sing like a superstar, would i lie to you, outrageous fortune, Screentalk, The Almighty Johnsons, interview, actor, shortland street

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