'when love comes' Posts

Simon Prast: From playing the son to playing the father...

Posted on 4 December 2012

Simon Prast made his television debut in cop drama Mortimer’s Patch. Best known for playing spoilt rich kid Alistair Redfern in Gloss, Prast’s biggest film role was playing a gay man in 1998 movie When Love Comes. He also has a strong background in theatre, and for 11 years ran the Auckland Theatre Company. In this ScreenTalk, Prast talks about:

  • Learning how to ‘deliver the goods’ on Mortimer’s Patch
  • The satisfying intensity of acting on ground-breaking AIDS drama A Death in the Family
  • Auditioning alongside Peter Elliott for Gloss
  • Finding the show very urban and fresh
  • Enjoying playing a psychopath on Shortland Street
  • Love and dignity being at the heart of the film When Love Comes
  • The irony of the transition from playing sons to fathers on Go Girls
  • Realising that an aging actor can develop new roles

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



gloss, interview, actor, when love comes, a death in the family, mortimer’s patch, simon prast, alister redfern, go girls, screentalk

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Nancy Brunning: Nurse Jaki Manu to Strength of Water

Posted on 20 March 2012

Nancy Brunning's television debut was in the first episode of Shortland Street as series regular Nurse Jaki Manu. She turned in a memorable performance as gang girl Tania in What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, and played a fun loving lesbian in When Love Comes.  Brunning has appeared in a number of TV projects including Mataku and Fish Skin Suit. As well as acting, she also directed the WWII-era short Journey to Ihipa. In this ScreenTalk, Brunning talks about:

  • How it took six months to get used to working on the set of Shortland Street
  • Feeling the pressure of playing the only Māori female character on primetime TV
  • Having to tell her father she was playing a lesbian in When Love Comes
  • Writing a diary to develop her tough role in What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
  • Learning to stand up to director Ian Mune on set
  • Finding it hard to work out the character of Joy in The Strength of Water
  • Why a particular scene in the movie proved to be the hardest to shoot

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



interview, actor, shortland street, fish skin suit, jaki manu, what becomes of the broken hearted, when love comes, mataku, journey to ihipa, screentalk, nancy brunning

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