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Des Monaghan: Pioneering TV journalism, ending the Post Office strike and waiting for David Frost...

Posted on 4 May 2015

Des Monaghan has made an enormous contribution to the television industry as a TV producer and network executive in both New Zealand and Australia. Starting as a trainee producer with the NZBC, Monaghan produced a range of pioneering current affairs shows such as Town and Around, Gallery and Compass. In more recent years, Monaghan set up Australasian production company Screentime, whose slate includes popular shows Popstars, Underbelly, Police Ten 7 and Beyond the Darklands. 

In this ScreenTalk interview, Monaghan talks about:

  • Working with a blind cameraman and deaf sound recordist in his early TV days
  • Having almost no content to broadcast when he began producing Town and Around
  • Playing an awful lot of pool with Brian Edwards, while producing Compass
  • Failing to realise the power he had on current affairs show Gallery
  • How the show famously helped to settle the Post Office strike 
  • The laziness of the print media in New Zealand in the 1970s
  • Being kept waiting by David Frost while making Frost Over New Zealand
  • How legendary fighter pilot Sir Keith Park created a poignant moment on the show
  • Raising the ire of rugby league fans after taking over sports coverage on TV
  • New Zealand needing true public service television
  • Being grateful for the varied opportunities his career has offered

This video was first uploaded on the 4th of May 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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des monaghan, tv, producer, network executive, new zealand, australia, town and around, gallery, compass, screentime, journalism, brian edwards, post office strike, unions, parliament, politicians, 60s, david frost, frost over new zealand, charles upham, keith park, rugby league, sports, battle of britain, public service television, print media, 70s, producing, current affairs

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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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Mia Blake: Learning from every role she plays...

Posted on 2 February 2015

Actor Mia Blake made her screen debut in ensemble comedy film Hopeless, which then became the TV series Lovebites. In 2006 Blake won an NZ Screen Award for her role in Toa Fraser film No. 2 and then starred in horror movie The Tattooist. Blake received another award nomination for playing a woman giving birth in short film This is Her. Blake has gone on to act in The Millen Baird Show, Auckland Daze and Golden.  

In this ScreenTalk, Blake talks about:

  • Being terrified as a newbie on the set of Hopeless
  • Learning the craft of acting on TV series Lovebites
  • Loving the rehearsal process for the film No. 2
  • How director Toa Fraser listened to her input on set
  • Working with American actor Jason Behr on horror film The Tattooist
  • Her emotional reaction to giving birth in This is Her
  • Dealing with being pregnant while acting in short film Isoceles
  • Having a huge amount of fun on The Millen Baird Show
  • Being proud of appearing in the TV drama Harry
  • Why she was thrilled at having a ‘tiny part’ on Auckland Daze
  • Feeling her career is a combination of all the things she loves

This video was first uploaded on the 2nd of February 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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mia blake, actor, hopeless, no. 2, the tattooist, this is her, auckland daze, lovebites, rehearsal, toa fraser, jason behr, isoceles, harry, the millen baird show, tv, film, nz screen award, horror film, love bites, no 2, number 2, naming number two, naming no 2, naming no. 2, acting

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Judy Bailey: Newsreader extraordinaire...

Posted on 22 December 2014

Judy Bailey is sometimes referred to as the 'Mother of the Nation' thanks to 17 years as newsreader on TV One’s 6pm news bulletin. She began as a TV/radio reporter for the NZBC, before co-hosting the regional magazine show Top Half with John Hawkesby. In 1986 Bailey began her newsreading career on the Network News with Neil Billington, and a year later partnered with Richard Long. In 2004 she took on the role solo before leaving TVNZ a year later. In subsequent years Bailey has hosted a number of other shows, including the Māori Television Anzac Day Coverage and her travel show Judy Bailey’s Australia.

In this ScreenTalk, Bailey talks about:

  • Creating stories for both TV and radio during her early days at NZBC news
  • Having to create her own sound effects for a story
  • Feeling blessed working with John Hawkesby on Top Half
  • The challenges of live television when things went wrong
  • Coping with 24 hours of live television on Telethon
  • Being hated for replacing Philip Sherry as newsreader on One News
  • Having an amazing on air partnership with Richard Long
  • The embarrassment of being parodied by comedian Rima Te Wiata
  • The stress of having to read the news on her own
  • Being forced out of her role at TVNZ 
  • Presenting Māori Television’s coverage of ANZAC Day
  • Enjoying hosting travel show Judy Bailey’s Australia
  • Being grateful for all she has learned from people in her career

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

 
 

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judy bailey, mother of the nation, tv one, tv, network news, newsreader, presenter, john hawkesby, richard long, anzac day, nzbc, one news, judy bailey’s australia, tvnz, rima te wiata, top half, philip sherry, phillip sherry, telethon, parody, satire, impersonation, travel, maori television, māori television, news reader, presenting

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Katrina Hobbs: Forging a career on both sides of the Tasman...

Posted on 10 November 2014

Katrina Hobbs is a TV presenter and actor who has had roles in New Zealand, Australia and even Russia. She kicked off her screen career as a teen hero in The Boy from Andromeda and a young wife in the war film Absent Without Leave. Since then she has appeared in a large number of TV shows such as Shortland Street, Marlin Bay, Cover Story and Willy Nilly. As well as acting, she has presented factual shows including More than Sport, Destination Ski New Zealand and Russia Today

 

In this ScreenTalk, Hobbs talks about: 

  • Getting good advice from her producer mother Aileen O’Sullivan about her first role in The Boy from Andromeda
  • Studying hard to gain experience for her next role in Absent Without Leave
  • Relishing playing her first ‘adult’ character in Marlin Bay
  • Being thrown by the pace of production on Shortland Street
  • Having a baptism of fire in a lead role on Home and Away
  • Feeling frustrated by playing a matronly doctor on the soap
  • How a character with schizophrenia challenged her in Cover Story
  • Enjoying the camaraderie on the set of Willy Nilly
  • Playing the dodgy neighbour on Rake 
  • Really appreciating having a career on both sides of the Tasman 

 

This video was first uploaded on the 7th of November 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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katrina hobbs, tv, presenter, shortland street, home and away, absent without leave, cover story, australia, russia

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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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Ngila Dickson: A Designing Woman

Posted on 6 May 2013

Ngila Dickson is an Academy Award-winning costume designer who has been involved in some of our biggest film and TV projects. Her first film experience was on User Friendly and since then she has designed for Jack Be Nimble, Heavenly Creatures, Crush and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In television, she made a name for herself designing costumes for Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Dickson has also worked on a range of international movies.

In this ScreenTalk, Dickson talks about: 

  • Creating costumes for acclaimed period piece Heavenly Creatures
  • Learning a life lesson from Peter Jackson on the film
  • How Xena: Warrior Princess provided her greatest learning curve ever
  • Avoiding an obsession with Tolkien on the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Creating specific design features for each of the story elements
  • How winning an Oscar for Lord of the Rings has given her traction in the American film industry
  • Trying to achieve perfection on the set of The Last Samurai
  • Learning the limits of CGI technology on movie Green Lantern
  • The frustration of working on a lot of films that never get made

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

 
 

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xena, the lord of the rings, film, ngila dickson, costume design, tv, designer, crush, hercules, jack be nimble, user friendly, television, design, movies, costume, heavenly creatures

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