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Fiona Samuel: Marching to success…

Posted on 10 December 2012

Fiona Samuel has found success as an actor, writer and director. Her first acting job was in long-running soap Close to Home, and she followed that with appearances in a number of film and TV shows. Samuel’s greatest passion, however, is for writing and directing. She was the creative force behind The Marching Girls, and has written scripts for shows such as Outrageous FortuneThe Almighty Johnsons and Rude Awakenings. Samuel also wrote and directed award-winning one-off dramas Piece of My Heart, and Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield. In this ScreenTalk, Samuel talks about:

  • Being too theatrical on the set of Close to Home
  • Creating the concept for The Marching Girls
  • Discovering her scriptwriting skills needed an overhaul
  • Adding a prostitute to the original story in Home Movie
  • How a surprising statistic led her to create the documentary Virginity
  • Taking 10 years to get Piece of My Heart funded
  • The reasons she picked the main actresses
  • Bringing a fresh but authentic feel to Bliss
  • Wishing she’d had even more opportunities in her career
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



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Ross Girven: Trans-Tasman star

Posted on 6 June 2012

Alongside a successful career in musical theatre in Australia, actor Ross Girven has tackled a variety of television roles on both sides of the Tasman, and starred in landmark 1987 New Zealand film Ngati. He debuted on television here in trucking drama Roche, then had roles in a run of TV shows in the 1980s such as Peppermint Twist and The Marching Girls. Girven has also acted in Gloss and Shortland Street, and movie thriller Dangerous Orphans. More recently, he has appeared in Aussie cop show Water Rats, and NZ dramas Orange Roughies and The Cult. In this ScreenTalk, Girven talks about:

  • Joining a mostly female cast on The Marching Girls
  • Feeling that Peppermint Twist was ahead of its time
  • How the location of Ngati became a spiritual home for him
  • Being upset that Gloss was cancelled
  • Enjoying working with Lisa Crittenden (aka Robo-nurse) on Shortland Street
  • How editing changed the nature of the film Dangerous Orphans
  • Loving the scripts on The Cult but feeling the final product didn’t quite deliver
  • Getting to shave his head on the set of Legend of the Seeker

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



gloss, interview, actor, ngati, the cult, shortland street, orange roughies, legend of the seeker, ross girven, roche, peppermint twist, the marching girls, homeward bound, water rats, screentalk

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