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  • Louise Wallace talks about her role on The Brokenwood Mysteries

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    Louise Wallace talks type-casting, maintaining dignity while on reality shows and her new role in The Brokenwood Mysteries.

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  • WESTSIDE NOMINATED IN 2017 NEW ZEALAND TELEVISION CRAFT AWARDS

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    South Pacific Pictures' show Westside as been nominated for two awards at the 2017 New Zealand Television Craft Awards. The award winner will be announced on November 8th. Read more here:

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  • South Pacific Pictures' Step Dave format picked up by US network NBC.

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    NBC has put in development South Pacific Pictures' comedy format Step Dave. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner will produce the show with their production company Hazy Mills. Read More here:

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  • NZ On Air confirms funding for a fourth series of Westside

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    NZ On Air has announced it will fund a fourth series of the popular Three series Westside. Read more here:

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  • Young Cheryl revealed in Westside

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    Aussie Ashleigh Cummings tells Sarah Daniell about the fear of taking on the teen version of Kiwi icon Cheryl West. Read more here:

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  • Shortland Street to take VR experience around New Zealand

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    In conjunction with their 25th anniversary, Shortland Street have launched a ground breaking virtual reality experience for the public to try. Read more about the experience here:

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  • Nick and Waverley to return to Shorty for 25th Anniversary

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    Returning to the national soap after a more than 12-year absence, Nick and Waverley are being brought back to help celebrate Shortland Street's 25th anniversary in a feature-length episode screening on May 25. Read more here:

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  • Jimmy Kimmel spoofs Shortland Street

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    Shortland Street's infamous 'Please tell me that's not your penis' scene has become a sensation on the internet - and now, it's been taken one step further, copied on late night American TV.

    Well-known TV host Jimmy Kimmel who helms the show Jimmy Kimmel Live enlisted the help of actor Alec Baldwin to recreate the now infamous scene where Dr Chris Warner (Michael Galvin) confronts his son Harry (Reid Walker) about a nude image found on a tablet.

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  • THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES NOMINATED FOR NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM AWARDS

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    With entries from over 40 countries, this year’s International TV & Film Awards presented a strong competition.

    The awards gala honoring The World's Best TV & Films will take place on Tuesday April 25 at The NAB Show in Las Vegas.

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  • The Brokenwood Mysteries is coming to UK screens

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    Nic Sampson (Detective Sam Breen) talks about what UK fans can expect from The Brokenwood Mysteries' arrival on UK screens.

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  • Channel 7 commissions Season 3 of 800 WORDS

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    The hit family drama set to begin production on Season 3.

    (24 January 2017) Ahead of all new episodes premiering on Tuesday 31 January, Channel 7 has commissioned a third season of 800 WORDS.

    Starring Erik Thomson as a widower who relocates to the fictional town of Weld, New Zealand, along with his kids (Melina Vidler and Benson Jack Anthony), the series follows the affable Turner family as they embark on their own romantic relationships and set about finding their futures.

    First premiering in 2015, the series quickly cemented its popularity amongst Australians with the first installment of Season 2 averaging over 1.5 million viewers across both metro and regional audiences.

    Brad Lyons, Channel 7’s Director of Production said: “We feel the Turner family’s story is only just beginning. There is so much more in store and we can’t wait to share it with Australia who have embraced this series with such a charming cast and brilliant production team.”

    A further testament to the show’s success, 2016 also saw Erik Thomson take home the Silver Logie for Most Popular Male, while Melina Vidler won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Newcomer - Actress in her first major television role.

    800 WORDS is a co-production between Seven and South Pacific Pictures. The series was co-created by James Griffin and Maxine Fleming and produced by Chris Bailey. Executive Producers are Seven’s Head of Drama, Julie McGauran and John Holmes.

    Production on 800 WORDS Season 3 will commence next month in New Zealand and all new episodes return 9.00pm Tuesday 31 January on Channel 7. Series 2 has began screening on TVNZ One in New Zealand, Wednesday nights at 8:45pm.

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  • Trans-Tasman Partnership a winner for 800 Words

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    Siena Yates takes a look at series 2 of 800 Words, now playing on TVNZ One and Channel 7 in Australia.

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  • The Brokenwood Mysteries confirmed for fourth series.

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    Amateur sleuths will welcome the return of the classic Kiwi murder-mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries on Prime. NZ On Air confirmed a fourth series will be funded in 2017.

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  • At My Place: Fern Sutherland

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    Brokenwood star Fern Sutherland talks us through her favourite things in the Sydney apartment she currently calls home.

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  • Ido Drent returns to local TV in The Brokenwood Mysteries

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    Following his departure from Shortland Street, the 29-year-old found success in Australian drama Offspring. Now he's back in New Zealand and set to guest star in The Brokenwood Mysteries in an episode titled The Killing Machine. Read More Here:

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  • Amanda Billing guest stars in The Brokenwood Mysteries

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    In the two years since she left Shortland Street, Amanda Billing has continued to make her mark on television and on the stage. She talks to the TV Guide's Sarah Nealon about her new role on The Brokenwood Mysteries.

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  • The Brokenwood Mysteries with Fern Sutherland

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    Yahoo talked to Fern Sutherland, the very funny and charming star of The Brokenwood Mysteries, as the series returns for its third season.

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  • Why Nic Sampson is the hardest working man in NZ television

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    Nic Sampson (Detective Sam Breen on The Brokenwood Mysteries) talks about series 3 of the show and his many other projects.

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  • The Brokenwood Mysteries' stars surprised by international success

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    The success or failure of a local television show is usually measured in ratings. If it pulls in an impressive number of Kiwi viewers, TV executives are happy and so are the advertisers.

    But what if your show is an unexpected hit on the other side of the world?

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  • Amelia Reid-Meredith announces departure from Shortland Street

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    Amelia Reid-Meredith announces departure from New Zealand’s longest running drama series.

    After six years playing the loveable Bella Durville on New Zealand’s longest running drama series, Amelia Reid-Meredith has announced her departure from Shortland Street.

    “This has not been an easy decision for me to make. I have enjoyed every moment of my time on the show and learnt so much in the process,” comments Amelia.

    “I have decided it's time to take a break and pursue other projects and opportunities,” she adds.

    Reid-Meredith is leaving Auckland but hasn’t ruled out a return to the show in the future.

    "I have been thrilled to be a part of this amazing on-screen family, many of whom have become friends for life so this decision was not taken lightly. But sometimes you just have to follow your heart and do what you feel is right at the time, and I definitely won’t say I will never be back!”

    "We're keeping details of what's in store firmly under wraps for now, but there are still lots of twists to come before Bella leaves our screens," comments producer Maxine Fleming.

    Reid-Meredith will be on our screens until November.

    "I for one will miss both the actor and the character and on behalf of all at Shortland Street, I wish Amelia all the love and luck in the world and I'm certain that her future will be full of continued success,” adds Fleming.

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  • The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 3 launches on Prime on Sunday, 30th October at 8:30pm.

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  • ENTRIES NOW OPEN TO THIS YEAR'S SOUTH PICTURES' BIG PITCH 

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    Calling for Entries to this Year's
    South Pacific Pictures'
    2016 BIG PITCH COMPETITION
    held during The Great Screenrights' Lunch

    Open to all formats and genres*
    send us your pitches now for pre-selection.

    Finalists for THE BIG PITCH get to pitch their idea
    at the SPADA Conference during
    The Great Screenrights' Lunch - Thursday 24 November 2016.

    The winner receives an International Travel Prize*
    from BCD Travel to an International Market or Festival AND
    a Complimentary Registration to the 2017 SPADA Conference.

    *criteria applies

    A submissions form is available here.

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  • New York Times reviews 800 Words

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    The New York Times reviews 800 Words Series One (currently playing on Acorn TV in America) and finds it to be 'an explicitly heartwarming, happy-sad family tale'. They continue... 'it’s easy to get sucked in by its scenic and anthropological charms'. Read the full review here.

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  • CALLOUT FOR FEATURE FILM IDEAS

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    VENDETTA PRODUCTIONS and SOUTH PACIFIC PICTURES wish to develop several feature films for specific audiences

    We are looking for ideas for dramatic feature films which would appeal to

    Older audiences 55 plus

    Females aged 35 – 54 years

    We have a particular interest in finding comedic stories but are open to anything fresh and unique that will have broad appeal to these audiences.

    Do you have a great feature film idea which you think might be suitable? Are you keen to develop it with the help of industry professionals who have insider knowledge of what local and international audiences and markets are currently looking for?

    The successful shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to workshop their ideas in a group setting under the guidance of Vendetta General Manager Jill Macnab, and SPP CEO Kelly Martin and Head of Development Rachel Jean.

    The seed fund will be used to support each shortlisted creator to write up a Key Selling Proposal and Story Outline, and after receiving feedback, develop a detailed Treatment. The intention is that the 2 or 3 best ideas will be optioned and become part of Vendetta/SPP’s active development slate.

    Successful applicants will be notified by 7 November and the workshop session will run late-November 2016 in Auckland.

    Application deadline: Monday 3 October 2016, 5pm

    For full application requirements and to apply, please click here.

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  • NZ on Air confirms funding for second series of Forensics

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    NZ on Air has confirmed funding for a second series of the factual series Forensics for Prime TV. Read more here.

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  • NZ On Air confirms third series of Westside

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    NZ On Air is very pleased to announced that it has supported a third season of drama series Westside for TV3. Read more here.

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  • Shortland Street to be adapted for Ukranian Television

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    FremantleMedia announces the successful launch of the Ukrainian adaptation of Shortland Street. Locally known as Central Hospital, the drama is the first local format version of the long-running, popular New Zealand daily drama. Click here to learn more.

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  • Westside Podcast now available

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    The official podcast for the hit New Zealand TV series, Westside is now available on ITunes. Click here to download the episodes.


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  • 800 Words stars win at Australian Logies

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    Erik Thomson and Melina Vidler take out their categories at Australian Logies

    Erik Thomson has taken out the Silver Logie for Best Actor for his role in the South Pacific Pictures produced drama series 800 Words.

    Thompson plays solo dad and newspaper column writer George Turner in the show which is created for Australia’s Channel 7 network.

    Previously he starred in the successful series Packed To The Rafters in which played Dave Rafter.

    "I thought after Packed To The Rafters I’d had my time in the sun," Thomson said in his acceptance speech. "Then this show came along and it lit a fire in here. Not only was it a show full of heart and soul, but it was going to be shot back in my home country of New Zealand which is my place and I'm thrilled to be able to work over there.”

    Meanwhile, Melina Vidler who plays George's wayward teenage daughter Shay won her Logie in the Most Outstanding Newcomer - Actress category.

    A second season of 800 Words is currently in production and will screen on Channel 7 later in the year.


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  • Westside wins at the New York Festivals

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    Westside has received a Gold World Medal at the 2016 New York Festivals International Film & TV Awards.

    New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards, now in its 59th year, presented the awards at a gala which was held at the annual NAB Show on April 19th, 2016. Entries were from more than 50 countries.

    The Gold World Medal was awarded to the South Pacific Pictures series in the Drama category for 'Television - Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Program'. Actor David de Lautour, who plays Ted West in the series, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the production company.

    The competition honours content in all lengths and forms and celebrates the exceptional and innovative programs being created on all continents. Dedicated to both the Television and Film industries, the Grand Jury members include over 200 directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, art directors, filmmakers, composers and programming executives.

    A second series of Westside is set to screen on TV3 later this year.

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  • 800 Words nominated for four Logies

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    South Pacific Pictures' series 800 Words has been nominated for several awards at the Australian Logies, the country’s top television awards.

    The show, starring Erik Thomson and created by James Griffin and Maxine

    Fleming, is up for four Logie Awards, with one winner already announced - Melina

    Vidler took away the Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress for her role as Shay at

    a nominations event held in Melbourne yesterday.

    The show is also nominated for Best Drama Program and Most Outstanding Drama

    Series, Erik Thomson has been nominated for Best Actor in his role as George

    and Benson Jack Anthony has been nominated for Best New Talent for his role as

    Arlo.

    An official awards ceremony to announce the rest of the winners will be held

    on May 8th in Melbourne.

    A second series of 800 Words, which is made for Australia’s Channel 7

    network, is currently in production.

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  • Shortland Street appoints new Producer

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    WRITER RETURNS TO RUN SHORTLAND STREET

    South Pacific Pictures has appointed Maxine Fleming as Shortland Street Producer.

    Fleming has more than two decades of experience as a writer, script and story editor and is one of the top creators of television drama in New Zealand. She has a long history with Shortland Street and has worked with the show in several different guises, at various stages in her career, since the show’s conception in the early 1990’s. Most recently, she has worked as Senior Story Editor, managing the team that wrote the hugely successful 2015 cliffhanger and 2016 return storylines.

    As a show creator, her most recent drama series, 800 Words, co-created with James Griffin, has become a top-rating hit for Channel Seven in Australia, and a second series is currently in production.

    Other series Maxine has devised and written include the comedy-dramas Agent Anna, which earned her a SWANZ award for best comedy, Burying Brian and award-winning teen drama Being Eve.

    “South Pacific Pictures is extremely pleased to have Maxine on board, bringing her extensive writing experience back to Shortland Street,” says Kelly Martin, South Pacific Pictures CEO.

    Fleming will replace Simon Bennett who is leaving Shortland Street to return to directing. Bennett has served as Shortland Street Producer since 2012 and has made a huge contribution to the show in that time, including overseeing the massive ratings successes that were the much talked-about 2015 Christmas Cliffhanger and 2016’s return episode which took out the number one position in all demographics.

    “As Producer of Shortland Street, Simon has overseen a hugely successful period of time for the show, tackling some major storylines that have made a massive impact on the show’s audience,” says Martin. “Under Simon’s stewardship, Shortland Street has consistently rated in the top five programmes in TV2's 18 to 49 demographic.

    “Simon has been a key part of Shortland Street’s many years of success for TV2. He has played a pivotal role as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer for over 20 years and after three years in the Producer’s chair, he leaves the show in excellent shape as he hands over to incoming Producer Maxine Fleming.”

    Fleming has worked closely with the Shortland Street team over the last couple of months to ensure a smooth transition and continuity for the production. Bennett’s last day in the building will be February 17th.


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  • A third season of Brokenwood is confirmed for 2016

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    NZ on Air today confirmed funding for a third series of The Brokenwood Mysteries (4 x 2 hour telefeatures) to screen on Prime TV in 2016.

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  • Chris Bailey awarded SPADA Industry Champion Award

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    Chris Bailey was last night honoured at the 2015 SPADA Conference with the Industry Champion Award.

    There is no person working in TV in New Zealand who has produced and directed more drama than Chris Bailey. For over 40 years he has been a key part of New Zealand’s TV scene. Beginning in Christchurch as a technical trainee, Chris moved to Auckland in the mid 70’s and enjoyed the comprehensive training that the BCNZ gave its employees at that time.

    He was one of the first employees of the new TV2 known as South Pacific Television and he became a News Director on Two Network News.

    News was not going to be his career, but he did meet a young newsreader there, and she and Chris are still happily married. Chris moved into drama, and by 1981 he was directing series which captured New Zealand audiences and which are remembered today, including The Adventurer, The Adventures of Terry Teo, Gloss, Mortimer’s Patch and Under the Mountain.

    The fact that two of these series have been remade now – Under the Mountain as a movie, and Terry Teo as a new series – speaks volumes about the quality of the original productions.

    Chris joined the new South Pacific Pictures in 1990 as Head of Production and continued to Direct. His first outing was Strangers, which was Martin Henderson’s debut, and then Raider of the South Seas featuring two very young actors, Martin Henderson and Dean O’Gorman, and one older actor: Tony Groser, whose son Tim is better known for his political feats.

    Chris directed Gold and in 1992 began producing as well as directing with the epic Ray Bradbury Theatre. He directed the important miniseries Fallout.

    In 1998 together with Chris Hampson and Greg McGee, he formed Screenworks, where he produced and directed Street Legal, Doves Of War and Orange Roughies.

    In 2009 he returned to South Pacific Pictures as Managing Director with overall responsibility for production. Under his aegis, the company has produced 800 Words, The Almighty Johnsons, The Blue Rose, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, Spies & Lies and Westside and continues to produce Shortland Street.

    Chris never accepts second best. He oversees productions ensuring that all crew are the best he can get, that casting has found the best actors, and all through post, he supervises the process, ensuring that every frame looks and sounds as good as it can. Chris’s passion for music has meant New Zealand audiences have been exposed to new and exciting New Zealand talent. He has championed new actors in all South Pacific Pictures’ productions. He has trained Producers and Directors, and mentored key crew.

    He is a Producer who always brings the production in on time and on budget, whilst maintaining the highest artistic standard.

    He has won awards in New Zealand and internationally for his work. A true gentleman, who is respected by all who work with and for him. Chris Bailey has been a pillar of the New Zealand TV Production business and his record is unmatchable.

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  • 800 Words confirmed for a second season

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    Seven Network Press Release (edited)

    Australia’s number one drama to return for a second season.

    Channel Seven has announced the commissioning of a second series of Australia’s number one drama, 800 Words.

    Helmed by award-winning actor, Erik Thomson, Seven’s hit family drama has charmed Australian audiences, averaging 2 million viewers nationally each week.

    The series launched on September 15 to an audience of 2.16 million and has remained Tuesday’s number one show across the first five episodes. 800 Words is the number two regular program this year behind Seven’s My Kitchen Rules.

    Brad Lyons, Seven’s Director of Network Production, said: “It’s no secret we pride ourselves on being the home of Australian drama. The success of 800 Words is testament to the great production teams and a terrific cast led by Erik Thomson. We’re thrilled that Australian audiences have embraced the Turner family and the people of Weld. It’s further proof good stories, told well, are key.”

    800 Words follows George Turner (Thomson) and his teenage children Shay (Melina Vidler) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony) as they make a fresh start in the fictional seaside town of Weld in New Zealand after suffering a family tragedy.

    800 Words is a co-production between Seven and South Pacific Pictures. The series was co-created by James Griffin and Maxine Fleming. Seven’s Head of Drama, Julie McGauran, is Executive Producer along with Kelly Martin and Chris Bailey for South Pacific Pictures.

    800 Words is due to screen in New Zealand on TV One.

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  • Whirimako Black honoured in St Tropez

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    The St Tropez-based Festival des Antipodes handed out its awards over the weekend and White Lies lead actress Whirimako Black won Best Actress for her role as Paraiti. The jury was led by Bryan Brown.

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  • South Pacific Pictures 'Big Pitch'

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    Enter now for the 2015 South Pacific Pictures’ “Big Pitch” held during The Great Screenrights' Lunch on Thursday 12 November
    at the SPADA Conference.

    Be in to Win a BCD Travel Prize* to an International Market or Festival AND a Complimentary Registration to the 2016 SPADA Conference

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

    Previous winners include:
    Anna Cottrell, Peter Young, Leanne Pooley, Sumner Burstyn, Rebekah Kelly, Sarah Harpur, Zoe McIntosh and Annie Goldson


    Go to http://www.spada.co.nz/spada-conference/bigpitch/ for more info.

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  • Cristina Ionda talks Brokenwood

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    She might be originally from Transylvania, but actress Cristina Ionda admits she actually faints at the sight of blood.

    It's a good thing then that they use only the fake stuff on Kiwi drama The Brokenwood Mysteries then, because otherwise the Romanian actress might have trouble playing Russian-born pathologist Gina Kadinsky.

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  • Dad’s the word for newbies

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    Erik Thomson became a favourite fixture in living rooms across Australia as dependable working- class dad Dave Rafter in Packed to the Rafters, creating many memorable moments with his on-screen family.

    Thomson’s new series 800 Words, which premiered last month, has also become a hit, quickly cementing its place as Australia’s new No. 1 drama and bucking a trend that has seen many viewers abandon drama for reality TV

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  • Step Dave's Delaney Tabron on magazines and faxing a Sex Pistol

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    Read Delaney's Sunday magazine Q&A here:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/7284...

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  • Brokenwood filming goes to the dogs

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    Most actors believe children and animals are best to be avoided on stage or screen, but Mrianda Harcourt thinks the opposite.

    In her guest appearance on The Brokenwood Mysteries, Harcourt plays Paula Worthington, an amateur thespian starring in a local production of Hamlet who also has two dogs, aptly named Viola and Sebastian after the twins in the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night.

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  • Time for another mystery

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    There can be few more enduring pleasures in TV watching than settling in and spending an evening solving a nice juicy murder. And the good news is we're at absolutely no risk of ever running out of them. Poor saps are forever meeting their untimely ends in Midsomer. Old Miss Marple's always got her beak in a case. And then there's Poirot, Frost, Morse. Murders never cease.

    The Brokenwood Mysteries, which returned to Prime for its second series last night, has carved out its own niche in the genre. Its first series, which screened last year, drew upon the abundance of essential murder mystery ingredients on offer here in New Zealand - small towns, eccentric locals, strange love triangles, petty infighting - and distilled them all into the fictionalised country town of Brokenwood.

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  • What's so great about The Brokenwood Mysteries

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    When the TV Guide sits down with The Brokenwood Mysteries stars Fern Sutherland and Neill Rea, it is in a location that their characters would usually avoid.

    It is difficult to imagine Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd and Detective Kristin Sims sipping coffee at an inner-city Auckland cafe – they are more often out in the countryside around the small town of Brokenwood, getting their hands dirty and exposing the darkest secrets of the town's inhabitants.

    Rea and Sutherland have just wrapped filming of the crime drama's second season, which starts on Prime this week, and provides the detective duo with another four murders to solve.

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  • Marion's 'Hello Percy' video - "How to fold a fitted sheet"

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    Marion's helpful tips to penpal Percy could be of use to you too. (Who on earth knows how to fold a fitted sheet?!) Check out the video here.

    Catch all new ‪#‎StepDave‬ Tuesdays 8.30pm on TV2.

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  • Erik Thomson talks family on the set of his new drama 800 Words

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    Read the article from Tiffany Dunk, News Ltd's National TV editor here.

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  • How Fern Sutherland is Breaking out of Brokenwood

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    Fern Sutherland is earning her own international fan club with her small screen roles. As The Brokenwood Mysteries returns for a second season, she talks to Lydia Jenkin.

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  • New Plymouth actor and cop team up for murder mystery television show

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    When Fern Sutherland got cast as a detective in a murder mystery show she asked an old school friend for insight into the world of crime fighting.

    Although she had never really talked about what it was like deal with the harsh realities of being in the police force, New Plymouth constable Catherine Preston agreed to lend a hand,

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  • Plain sailing for Step Dave and Cara?

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    Before Jono Kenyon landed the role of bartender Dave on Step Dave, he was unsure whether he would find a role in New Zealand. In fact, he was once told that he would struggle to find work here. "I was told by a casting director that I wouldn't get a role in New Zealand because I don't do a Kiwi accent and I'm too tall," Kenyon says.

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  • New faces Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony star in Erik Thomson’s TV drama, 800 Words

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    Melina Vidler and Benson Jack Anthony star alongside Erik Thomson in 800 Words, premiering in September on Seven in Australia. Read the news.com.au story here: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/new-faces-melina-vidler-benson-jack-anthony-star-in-erik-thomsons-tv-drama-800-words/story-e6frfmyi-1227475329152

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    Sunday Star-Times' Steve Kilgallon wrote this profile on lead actress Sia Trokenheim (who plays Cara).

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  • Westside premieres Sunday May 31 at 8.30pm on TV3

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    Westside, The six-part prequel to Outrageous Fortune is premiering on Sunday May 31 at 8.30pm on TV3.


    Check out the series trailer here.

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  • Brokenwood wins at the New York Festivals

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    The Brokenwood Mysteries has received a Bronze World Medal at the 2015 New York Festivals International Film & TV Awards.

    New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards, now in its 58th year, presented the awards at a gala which was held at the annual NAB Show on April 14th, 2015.  Entries were from more than 50 countries.

    The Bronze World Medal was awarded to the South Pacific Pictures series in the Drama category for 'Television - Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Program'.

    A second season of The Brokenwood Mysteries is currently in pre-production and will air on Prime TV in New Zealand later this year.  The show has to date been sold to a variety of territories including France, Denmark, USA and Australia.

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  • 800 WORDS CAST ANNOUNCED

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    Erik Thomson will be joined by a stellar trans-Tasman cast in South Pacific Pictures new drama series 800 Words.

    800 Words, produced by New Zealand’s South Pacific Pictures for the Seven Network, is a heart-warming comedy-drama series built around newly-widowed George Turner’s decision to start afresh and take his teenage kids from Sydney to the New Zealand coastal town of Weld, where George spent his summer holidays as a child.

    Thomson (Packed to the Rafters, All Saints, Always Greener, The Black Balloon) plays the lead role of George and will be joined by Australian actors Melina Vidler (The Arrangement, Mako: Island of Secrets) and Bensen Jack Anthony (Underbelly Razor, Blood Brothers, Legend of the Seeker) who play his teenage children, Shay and Arlo Turner.

    Rick Donald (Friends with Better Lives, House Husbands, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) features as George’s new best mate Woody, a fellow Aussie-import and keen surfer while Bridie Carter (McLeod’s Daughters) guest stars as Jan, George’s former Sydney editor.

    A bevy of local women are quick to offer help to George as he makes his new life in New Zealand. They are:

    -       artist Katie, played by Anna Jullienne (Shortland Street, The Blue Rose);

    -       ambulance driver and businesswoman Fiona, played by Michelle Langstone (McLeod’s Daughters, The Almighty Johnsons, Go Girls);

    -       young surfing goddess Hannah, played by Cian Elyse White (Tatau, Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud);

    -       and local teacher Tracey, who also hails from Australia and is played by Emma Leonard (Home & Away, Wonderland).

    Rounding out the cast as the locals of Weld are New Zealand screen acting stalwarts Peter Elliott (Heavenly Creatures, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Primeval New Zealand, Artsville) and John Leigh (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Outrageous Fortune, Kidnapped), along with Jonathan Brugh (What We Do In The Shadows, The Jaquie Brown Diaries), Alex Tarrant (Nothing Trivial – the finale, Tatau, Totes Maori), Manon Blackman (Nothing Trivial), Olivia Tennet (When We Go to War, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Power Rangers RPM, Maddigan’s Quest) and Reon Bell (Westside, The Kick, Shortland Street).

    Chris Hampson (Hope & Wire, White Lies, Kaitangata Twitch) is producing 800 Words and Executive Producers include Kelly Martin (Westside, Step Dave, Shortland Street, The Brokenwood Mysteries), Chris Bailey (The Brokenwood Mysteries, Nothing Trivial, Go Girls) and Seven Network’s Head of Drama Julie McGauran. The show was co-created by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons, Westside) and Maxine Fleming (Being Eve).

    Australia’s Pino Amenta (Wentworth, Winners & Losers, Packed to the Rafters) and New Zealand’s Mike Smith (Siege, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Underbelly: Lang of the Long Green Cloud) are directing the series which will screen on Channel Seven in Australia and TV One in New Zealand.

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    Word Up combines outrageous antics, trivia and comedy. Hosted by the extremely funny and fabulous Jacqui Brown, Word Up sees Kiwi comedians and their trusty sidekicks searching high and low for ways to use their key word to win the show.

    We need lively, interactive audience members who are prepared to help set the tone of the show and support our terrific panel. Bring a friend or a group and be the first to see Word Up come to life!

    Please email audience@worduptv.co.nz and let us know the date and time you are interested in attending. (Dates are listed below).

    Allow a couple of hours to watch and participate. Comedians work off the cuff, so please come prepared for a bit of ribald humour and the odd spot of bad language. For that reason, we cannot have any members of the audience under 16 years of age.

     

    Audiences are required:

    Sunday 22 February 6pm

    Tuesday 24 February 1.45pm

    Tuesday 24 February 6pm

    Wednesday 25 February 1.45pm

    Wednesday 25 February 6 pm

    Sunday 1 March 1.45pm

    Sunday 1 March 6pm

    Monday 2 March 1.45pm

    Monday 2 March 6pm

    Sunday 8 March 1.45pm

    Sunday 8 March 6pm

    Monday 9 March 1.45pm

    Monday 9 March 6pm

    Numbers are strictly limited, so don’t delay – reply with the session you wish to attend and number of tickets you require now!

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  • The Brokenwood Mysteries nominated for New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards

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    The Brokenwood Mysteries is a finalist in the Drama category for the 2015 New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards. See the full list of nominations here.

    With entries  from over 50 countries, this year’s International TV & Film Awards presented a strong competition.

    The awards gala honoring The World's Best TV & Films will take place on Tuesday April 14 at The NAB Show in Las Vegas.

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    White Lies will screen at the Yakama Nation Cultural Center in Washington on the 21st of January 2015.

    Screening times aren't yet available but keep checking here for details

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    White Lies is screening in competition in Mexico this month at the inaugural Festival Internacional de Cine de San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

    The film screens on January 21 and is part of the fiction feature film section.

    Click here to view the festival website.

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    South Pacific Pictures will be producing a second season of The Brokenwood Mysteries in 2015.

    NZ on Air today confirmed funding for a second series of four 2-hour telefeatures which will screen on Prime TV in New Zealand.

    The new episodes will go into pre-production in March 2015 for an 11-week shoot which will commence in May.

    Series Producer Chris Bailey said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to produce another series of The Brokenwood Mysteries for Prime. The network has been really supportive of this show and we also received terrific feedback from viewers who simply loved the series. We can’t wait to create a bunch more mysteries for Detectives Shepherd and Sims to solve next year.”

    The first series The Brokenwood Mysteries aired on Prime TV over four weeks in September and October of this year.

    The Brokenwood Mysteries season one DVD was released on December 11 and is available through all good retailers. The show’s official soundtrack, which features 2014 Silver Scroll winner Tami Neilson along with many other top Kiwi country, blues and alt rock artists, is available to purchase through iTunes.

    Read the full NZ on Air release here.

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    TV One's Tagata Pasifika series recently caught up with the cast and crew of Tatau in the Cook Islands.

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    The Brokenwood Mysteries soundtrack album will be released on iTunes NZ on December 11, 2014. Click here to download your copy now!

    Featuring music from:

    • 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Winner Tami Neilson
    • Delaney Davidson
    • Barry Saunders
    • Mel Parsons
    • The Harbour Union

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  • The South Pacific Pictures "Big Pitch"

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    South Pacific Pictures is proud to once again be supporting the annual 'Big Pitch' at the 2014 SPADA Screen Industry Summit.

    Become this year’s Big Pitch winner and join the illustrious alumni which includes Annie Goldson, Carthew Neal, Peter Young, Leanne Pooley and Zoe McIntosh.

    Click here for the entry form.

    Prizes include an airfare to an international festival or market, as well as a complimentary registration to next year’s SPADA Conference.

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    Shortland Street is looking to increase its writing team, specifically dialogue writers.

    We are setting up a 13-week mentorship programme, in Auckland, where new writers can learn the craft of writing for a serial drama and hopefully achieve sufficient success to earn a regular place on our roster. There will be some remuneration for the 13 weeks.

    The programme:
    -­‐ Introduction to the writing and production process
    -­‐ Observing the storylining process
    -­‐ Shadow writing part/full episodes
    -­‐ Writing trial episodes which will ultimately go to screen

    Along the way, the new writers will be guided and supported by one of our top writers.

    Who can apply?
    Anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to writing, especially television drama. Your initial application will need to be accompanied by a CV and a sample of your writing. Whilst this
    need not be a dramatic piece, we will be looking for some measure of skill and assurance.

    What is the selection process?
    From the initial applications, we’ll come up with a long list. These people will be asked to write five scenes of Shortland Street from the storyline of a past episode.

    If your scenes show some promise, you will be given feedback and asked to re-work the scenes where necessary. If you’re able to improve on the scenes, you will go on the short list.

    All applicants on the short list will be interviewed.

    There will be up to four spaces on the programme.

    Dates:
    Applications close on 10th November 2014 @ 10am
    Long list announced 14th November 2014
    Short list announced 8th December 2014
    Interviews 16th / 17th December 2014
    Successful applicants will be announced by 19th December 2014
    The programme is tentatively scheduled to start mid-February 2015.

    Click here to download the PDF application form. Email completed form along with your CV & writing sample to: scripts@shortlandstreet.co.nz


    Applications must send the following information to the email address below:

    Name:

    Email:

    Address:

    Phone number:

    Biography (One paragraph):

    Why I want to write for Shortland Street:

    **Attach your CV and sample of your writing

    **Email your application to: scripts@shortlandstreet.co.nz

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  • White Lies takes top audience prize at 2014 Balinale

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    South Pacific Pictures' feature film White Lies | Tuakiri Huna has taken out the Audience Award for Best Overall Film of the 2014 Balinale International Film Festival in Indonesia.

    For more information on the Festival, visit: http://www.balinale.com/

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    Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune, White Lies, The Blue Rose) and David de Lautour (The Kick, NCIS, Once Upon a Time) headline the cast of South Pacific Pictures’ new comedy drama series WESTSIDE, the six-part Outrageous Fortune prequel which is coming next year to TV3.

    Prebble stars as Rita, the West family matriarch – a role she played briefly in flashback scenes during Outrageous Fortune season four. De Lautour plays the role of Ted West, the 30-something incarnation of the beloved ‘Grandpa’ character who was deftly portrayed in all six seasons of Outrageous Fortune by the late Frank Whitten.

    “Antonia was attached to this project from the beginning,” explains series co-creator James Griffin. “The Wests always spoke of how much Loretta was the spitting image of her grandmother, Rita, and we played with that very briefly during Outrageous Fortune but with WESTSIDE we head back to the 1970s and we will discover much more about Ted and Rita West…and everything else there is to know about the roots of the West family tree.”

    When it came to casting the actor to play Ted, Griffin explains that they were looking for someone who captured the real heart and soul of the character. “What we realised during the casting process is that we couldn’t just expect to find a younger version of Frank [Whitten]. What we needed to find is the actor who embodies the essence of Ted West and who would believably go on to become ‘Grandpa’ in the future. David brings that special something to the role.”

    A skilled group of local actors rounds out the core cast as Ted and Rita’s friends, associates and nemeses:
    • Dan Musgrove (Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud, 3 Mile Limit, Go Girls) as Lefty Munroe
    • Esther Stephens (When We Go to War, Go Girls, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) as Ngaire Munroe
    • Will Hall (Nothing Trivial, Siege, Auckland Daze) as Detective Mike McCarthy
    • Todd Emerson (Agent Anna, Spies & Lies, Amazing Extraordinary Friends) as Bjelke “Bilkey” Van Heeder
    • Pana Hema-Taylor (The Brokenwood Mysteries, The Dead Lands, Spartacus: War of the Damned & Blood & Sand) as Bert Thompson
    • Xavier Horan (The Dead Lands, The Dark Horse, The Kick) as Phineas O’Driscoll
    • Sophie Hambleton (Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story, White Lies, Everything We Loved) as Carol O’Driscoll

    WESTSIDE commenced shooting on Sunday and will screen on TV3 in 2015. The series is co-created by Rachel Lang (Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial) and James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons, Sione’s Wedding), produced by John Laing (Outrageous Fortune, Mercy Peak, Venus and Mars) and the series’ lead director is Mark Beesley (who has also worked as the lead director in establishing the first seasons of Outrageous Fortune, The Blue Rose and The Almighty Johnsons). The production was funded by New Zealand on Air.

    ABOUT THE SERIES

    WESTSIDE is a 6 x 1hour comedy drama series produced by South Pacific Pictures for TV3 in New Zealand. The show is a prequel to the acclaimed New Zealand series Outrageous Fortune and is set in 1970s Auckland against a backdrop of real-life historical events. WESTSIDE tells the story of legendary safe cracker and career criminal Ted West, his wife Rita, their son Wolfgang and their friends, associates and nemeses

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    Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune, White Lies, The Blue Rose) and David de Lautour (The Kick, NCIS, Once Upon a Time) headline the cast of South Pacific Pictures’ new comedy drama series WESTSIDE STORY, the six-part Outrageous Fortune prequel which is coming next year to TV3.

    Prebble stars as Rita, the West family matriarch - a role she played briefly in flashback scenes during Outrageous Fortune season four. De Lautour plays the role of Ted West, the 30-something incarnation of the beloved ‘Grandpa’ character who was deftly portrayed in all six seasons of Outrageous Fortune by the late Frank Whitten.

    “Antonia was attached to this project from the beginning,” explains series co-creator James Griffin. “The Wests always spoke of how much Loretta was the spitting image of her grandmother, Rita, and we played with that very briefly during Outrageous Fortune but with WESTSIDE STORY we head back to the 1970s and we will discover much more about Ted and Rita West…and everything else there is to know about the roots of the West family tree.”

    When it came to casting the actor to play Ted, Griffin explains that they were looking for someone who captured the real heart and soul of the character. “What we realised during the casting process is that we couldn’t just expect to find a younger version of Frank [Whitten]. What we needed to find is the actor who embodies the essence of Ted West and who would believably go on to become ‘Grandpa’ in the future. David brings that special something to the role.”

    A skilled group of local actors rounds out the core cast as Ted and Rita’s friends, associates and nemeses:

    • Dan Musgrove (Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud, 3 Mile Limit, Go Girls) as Lefty Munroe

    • Esther Stephens (When We Go to War, Go Girls, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) as Ngaire Munroe

    • Will Hall (Nothing Trivial, Siege, Auckland Daze) as Detective Mike McCarthy

    • Todd Emerson (Agent Anna, Spies & Lies, Amazing Extraordinary Friends) as Bjelke “Bilkey” Van Heeder

    • Pana Hema-Taylor (The Brokenwood Mysteries, The Dead Lands, Spartacus: War of the Damned & Blood & Sand) as Bert Thompson

    • Xavier Horan (The Dead Lands, The Dark Horse, The Kick) as Phineas O’Driscoll

    • Sophie Hambleton (Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story, White Lies, Everything We Loved) as Carol O’Driscoll

    WESTSIDE STORY commenced shooting on Sunday October 12, 2014 and will screen on TV3 in 2015. The series is co-created by Rachel Lang (Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial) and James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons, Sione’s Wedding), produced by John Laing (Outrageous Fortune, Mercy Peak, Venus and Mars) and the series’ lead director is Mark Beesley (who has also worked as the lead director in establishing the first seasons of both Outrageous Fortune, The Blue Rose and The Almighty Johnsons). The production was funded by New Zealand on Air.

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  • US and Canada release The Almighty Johnsons S1 on DVD and Blu-ray

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    The Almighty Johnsons season one is now available on Blu ray and DVD in region 1 format for Canada and U.S territories.

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    South Pacific Pictures' feature film White Lies | Tuakiri Huna won an Audience Choice Award at the 2014 La Costa Film Festival.

    The film, which is written and directed by Dana Rotberg and based on Witi Ihimaera's novella 'The Medicine Woman' won the audience award for Foreign Narrative Feature.

    The festival, which is held in Carlsbad, California, USA aims to deliver "a new cultural experience to North County that fosters a greater appreciation of the art of film making."

    The Hollywood Reporter has a full wrap up of the La Costa festival in this article.

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  • The Brokenwood Mysteries delivers killer ratings for Prime

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    Prime TV’s new local series The Brokenwood Mysteries charmed Kiwi viewers last night to give the channel its highest Sunday night rating in the 8.30pm timeslot all year.

    Nearly 200,000 viewers watched Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and his off-sider Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) solve the first suspicious death in Brokenwood last night – double Prime’s normal ratings in this time slot.

    Prime achieved a 13% share in the 5+ demographic, similar to the international blockbuster movie Prometheus on TV3 which also screened last night.

    Head of Prime Karen Bieleski was thrilled with the response.

    “It’s great to see our own local mystery perform so well, particularly when you consider that this slot has most recently been home to top international murder franchise Poirot,” she said.

    “We have had terrific feedback from critics and couldn’t be happier to see that local viewers are tuning in in their thousands. It’s a credit to everyone at South Pacific Pictures who have delivered a wonderfully watchable Kiwi mystery series and NZ on Air for supporting fresh new home-grown drama on Prime.”

    In the channel’s 25-54 demographic, The Brokenwood Mysteries rated a 3.2 TARP/10% share, again rating nearly double the 2014 average.

    Viewers not only voted with their remotes, but droves took to their social media accounts to comment on The Brokenwood Mysteries. Comments included: “Enjoyed it, beautifully shot & well-paced.”; “Surprisingly good NZ TV comeydrama”; “ loved it! will be eagerly waiting for next week”; and “Brilliant. Loved it. Homegrown masterpiece.”

    In next week’s episode of The Brokenwood Mysteries, “Sour Grapes”, it’s the annual Brokenwood Wine Show and Mike and Kristin find there’s more than just wine stored in the fermentation vats.

    The Brokenwood Mysteries, 8.30pm Sundays on Prime.

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    The 2014 SWANZ annual Script Writers Guild Awards were held on the 25th of September. James Griffin won the 'Best Television Drama Episode' category for Episode 6 of Step Dave season one. Congratulations to both James and head writer/creator of Step Dave, Kate McDermott.

     

    See the rest of the finalists here

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    OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE PREQUEL – THE WOLF HUNT BEGINS

    TV3 and South Pacific Pictures are on the hunt for a young man to play the teenage character of Wolfgang West in the upcoming series West Side Story, the prequel to the iconic series Outrageous Fortune.

    West Side Story (working title) is set in 1970s Auckland, against a backdrop of real-life historical events and will tell the story of legendary safe-cracker and career criminal Ted West, his wife Rita and their son Wolfgang.

    South Pacific Pictures have taken the exciting step of an open casting for the younger version of the character made famous by actor Grant Bowler in Outrageous Fortune.


    “The young man we’re looking for has some big Grant Bowler size shoes to grow into,” says West Side Story

    co-creator James Griffin.

    “We’re looking for that person who embodies not only the teenage Wolfgang West, but also all that Wolf will become over the years to follow.”

    Contenders for the role of young Wolf  should be aged between approximately 15-20 years, must be Auckland based and available for filming from late October to mid- December 2014.

     

    For information on how to submit auditions, visit TV3.

    For the opening casting call Terms & Conditions click here

    For South Pacific Pictures' standard audition form, click here

    Email your video audition (the script can be found on the TV3 site to wolfhunt@southpacificpictures.com

     


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    OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE PREQUEL – THE WOLF HUNT BEGINS

    TV3 and South Pacific Pictures are on the hunt for a young man to play the teenage character of Wolfgang West in the upcoming series West Side Story, the prequel to the iconic series Outrageous Fortune.

    West Side Story (working title) is set in 1970s Auckland, against a backdrop of real-life historical events and will tell the story of legendary safe-cracker and career criminal Ted West, his wife Rita and their son Wolfgang.

    South Pacific Pictures have taken the exciting step of an open casting for the younger version of the character made famous by actor Grant Bowler in Outrageous Fortune.

    “The young man we’re looking for has some big Grant Bowler size shoes to grow into,” says West Side Story
    co-creator James Griffin.

    “We’re looking for that person who embodies not only the teenage Wolfgang West, but also all that Wolf will become over the years to follow.”

    Contenders for the role of young Wolf should be aged between approximately 15-20 years, must be Auckland based and available for filming from late October to mid- December 2014.

    For information on how to submit auditions, visit www.tv3.co.nz/wolfgangwest

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  • Brokenwood Mysteries: A moment of sleuth

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    It was Miss Scarlett, in the billiard room, with the candlestick.

    TimeOut wanted to find out whether Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland's roles in new murder mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries had heightened their powers of deduction. So we challenged them to a game of Cluedo, the winner being the first to discover Miss Scarlett's misdeeds.


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    Prime TV today announced the airdate for The Brokenwood Mysteries which is set to premiere in New Zealand on Sunday, September 28 at 8.30pm.

    View The Brokenwood Mysteries series trailer here

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    Hot on the heels of the recent local drama funding announcements, NZ on Air revealed their factual and documentary funding decisions on Friday and this new round includes a new factual series by South Pacific Pictures for Prime TV called Forensics: The Science Behind The Truth.

    The six-part series will show us how New Zealand forensic scientists solve real crimes.

    Production will start later this year.

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    Click here to read NZ On Air's press release about Step Dave season 2.

    Production will commence in early 2015.

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    NZ on Air today confirmed funding for West Side Story, a six-part drama series created by Rachel Lang and James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune).

    The series will be set in the 1970s against a backdrop of real-life historical events and will tell the story of legendary safe cracker and career criminal Ted West, his wife Rita and their son Wolfgang.

    Production will commence in late 2014 and the show will screen on TV3 in New Zealand.

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    NZ on Air today confirmed funding for a second series of TV2's comedy-drama series Step Dave as well as a for West Side Story, a six-part prequel to Outrageous Fortune which will screen on TV3.

    South Pacific Pictures will go into production on both series in late 2014.

    Read the full NZ on Air press release here.

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    BBC Three has commissioned a brand new 8 X 45 drama series, written by Richard Zajdlic and co-produced by Touchpaper TV (makers of Being Human) and South Pacific Pictures in association with BBC America.

    Tatau is the first drama series to be commissioned for BBC Three - the winner of the Channel of the Year at last week's Broadcast Digital Awards, since BAFTA award-winning serial In the Flesh. It was Commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama and Zai Bennett, Former Controller BBC Three.

    Ben Stephenson says: "From the makers of Being Human, Tatau is an ambitious new BBC3 drama series that will raise the bar for viewers of the channel who have a real appetite for distinctive stories from all different worlds."

    Kyle Connor and Pete ‘Budgie’ Griffiths are 20-something friends from London travelling the world looking for sun, fun and adventure. They’ve worked hard, saved even harder and now finally they’re off, eager to soak up as many different cultures and experiences as they possibly can. Kyle even got himself a Maori-style tattoo in London, excited about their eventual destination: the Cook Islands.

    …and this is where Tatau is set, The Cook Islands, a paradise in the middle of the Pacific.

    Rob Pursey, the executive producer for Touchpaper, adds; "It’s exciting to produce a show that takes the BBC audience to an entirely new location. And it’s even more exciting to explore the ancient myths of a culture that very few of us are familiar with…"

    Kyle is unsettled when local people react to his tattoo: it clearly has a significance that he is entirely unaware of. It’s like he’s been marked out for something – but what?

    Later, while snorkelling in a lagoon, Kyle finds the body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater – dead. Returning to the lagoon with the police, Kyle finds her corpse has disappeared. Budgie wonders if his best friend is going mad – he’s imagining things. But Kyle knows what he saw. And he’s also beginning to realise that he has a gift – or a curse: the murder he’s witnessed isn’t something that has happened, it’s something that will happen in the future.

    Kyle and Budgie find themselves sucked into a desperate race to prevent Aumea’s murder, as Kyle learns that his gifts don’t stop at prophecy …and the full meaning of his tattoo is revealed.

    Sam Bickley, Channel Editor, BBC Three says: “BBC Three has rightfully made a name for itself producing multi-award winning dramas like In the Flesh, The Fades and Being Human. Tatau very much continues the channel’s tradition for commissioning original, innovative and exciting drama that you would not expect to see anywhere else.”

    Tatau is 8 x 45' and will be co-produced by Touchpaper TV and South Pacific Pictures in association with BBC America. Richard Zajdlic, creator and writer and Rob Pursey are the executive producers for Touchpaper TV, John Barnett and Chris Bailey for South Pacific Pictures in New Zealand and Matthew Read for the BBC.

    Filming starts in September 2014 and casting will be announced in due course.

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  • Quickflix shows its love for local as it launches Go Girls and Outrageous Fortune

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    In a nod to the power of our local television and film industry talent, Quickflix today announces its agreement with South Pacific Pictures that sees over 120 hours of Kiwis’ most loved television series immediately made available across its entire platform, with more great content to be added in the near future.

    Quickflix is proudly offering all five series of the much loved South Pacific Pictures production Go Girls to its subscribers, as well as Westie comedy-drama Outrageous Fortune.

    Commenting on the launch, Quickflix NZ Managing Director Paddy Buckley said “South Pacific Pictures is the most iconic NZ production house and we are thrilled to have a deal in place that allows us to showcase their wonderful content across our entire platform. Our subscribers can now watch all of this great content as much as they want, whenever they want, for one low monthly fee.”

    South Pacific Pictures CEO, Kelly Martin, said “We are incredibly pleased to be working with Quickflix to give New Zealanders the opportunity to view such iconic kiwi shows as Outrageous Fortune and Go Girls”.

    Both shows are now available on Quickflix. More South Pacific Pictures content will be added in the near future.

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  • Statement from South Pacific Pictures

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    This statement is to clarify local New Zealand media reports of the All3Media group sale.

    South Pacific Pictures Limited is part of the All3Media group of companies which has just been acquired by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

    The All3Media group comprises almost 20 companies including major international players such as Studio Lambert (US producers ofWife Swap, Undercover Boss and Secret Millionaire), Bentley Productions (UK producers of international hit Midsomer Murders), Lime Pictures (UK producers of Hollyoaks and The Only Way is Essex), Company Pictures (producers of Shameless and Skins), Optomen (producers of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares) and other independent production companies operating in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany and the Netherlands.

    The new ownership will provide new opportunities for all the companies in the group, including South Pacific Pictures.

    The widely reported group sale price was £550m ($NZ1.08b). This was for the entire group, and not just South Pacific Pictures as many local headlines have inferred.

    Kelly Martin
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    John Barnett
    CHAIRMAN

    Click here for the full statement about the Discovery Communications and Liberty Global acquisition of All3Media.

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  • The Blue Rose wins New York Festivals Award

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    South Pacific Pictures' drama series The Blue Rose has been awarded a Bronze World Medal at the New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

    The series won the award in the Category Group "Television - Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Programme" in the "Drama" category.

    For a full list of all winners, visit the Awards website.

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  • Nothing Trivial telefeature announced

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    Fans of Nothing Trivial will finally get some answers – NZ On Air has agreed to fund a two-hour tele-feature to wrap up the series, after series three ended unexpectedly on a cliff-hanger.

    NZ On Air will provide $1.6million for the tele-feature which will trace the lives of the popular characters over a year. Produced by South Pacific Pictures, it is expected to screen on TV One later this year.

    “The storylines, acting and production values on Nothing Trivial were terrific. We have supported this tele-feature because there was still a loyal fan base of 265,000 throughout the third series, and we think they deserve the catharsis of a conclusion,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

    Viewers had been left hanging about whether central character Catherine was dead or alive.

    “We think its important to encourage top quality local drama projects. A conclusion may also make the possibility of overseas sales of the series more viable,” said Ms Wrightson.

    Read the full press release here.

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  • Tool Guys Van at MOTAT

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    The Tool Guys van will be on display at MOTAT from March 1, 2014 as part of the Stars and Cars exhibition

    Head along to MOTAT in Auckland for your chance to see this and many other iconic Kiwi vehicles!

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  • 2014 Best on the Box nominations are in!

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    South Pacific Pictures' productions and people have scored a truck-load of nominations in this year's TV Guide Best on the Box Awards. Our nominees are:

     

    SHORTLAND STREET

    Best Drama
    Michael Galvin (Best Actor)
    Amanda Billing (Best Actress)
    Shavaughn Ruakere (Best Actress)
    Lucy Elliot (Rising Star)
    Cameron Jones (Rising Star)

    NOTHING TRIVIAL

    Best Drama
    Shane Cortese (Best Actor)
    Nicole Whippy (Best Actress)

    THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS

    Best Drama
    Tim Balme (Best Actor)
    Dean O'Gorman (Best Actor)
    Shane Cortese (Best Actor)

    THE BLUE ROSE

    Best Drama
    Antonia Prebble (Best Actress)

    GO GIRLS

    Best Drama
    Jono Kenyon (Rising Star)

    Visit www.bestonthebox.co.nz to vote!

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  • Whirimako Black honoured at the Maori of the Year Awards

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    White Lies lead actress Whirimako Black has been awarded the Arts/Reo/Tikanga award on Marae Investigates for the Ngā Toa Whakaihuwaka (Māori of the Year) Awards for 2013.

    Whirimako won the award for her role on South Pacific Pictures' 2013 feature film White Lies | Tuakiri Huna and also for the part she played in helping te reo Māori live in mainstream.

    Watch the full episode of Marae Investigates here.

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  • Plank outta the blue!

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    Aidee Walker (aka Draska) and a bunch of other fabulous folks are riding the length of the country (2500km from Bluff to Cape Reinga) to raise money and awareness to combat the issues of depression and suicide in New Zealand.

    You can support the amazing Ride Out of the Blue team (without getting on yer bike) by planking outta the blue…you just have to ‘plank’ every day for 21 days and be sponsored. Check this link for deets and support this great cause!

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  • Red Nose Day reunion

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    Tune in to TV3’s (NZ) Red Nose Day: Comedy for Cure Kids special on Friday August 23, 2012 at 7.30pm for a westie reunion of sorts.

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  • Aidee Walker (Draska) lights up Hospice

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    Aidee Walker will be MC’ing the annual Light Up Hospice event. Hospice West Auckland celebrates and remembers the lives of people who have passed away, and enjoys the spirit of Christmas with the Waitakere community at ‘Light Up Hospice’. Last year the free, family event attracted over 1000 people.

    For more information visit the Hospice website

    More links:

    Eventfinder
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  • Station to Station (starring Antonia Prebble) goes to the South Island

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    The Top of the South Arts Touring and Passenger presents

    STATION TO STATION is a theatrical hit crackling with wit and intelligence by Bruce Mason Award winning playwright,
    Michael Galvin.

    When was the last time you saw New Zealand’s ‘star’ actors in a play that made you think and laugh, and held you spellbound?

    North Island audiences who saw Station to Station in 2011 said…

    ” Absolute quality acting. Loved the deep layers of the story.”

    ” … Donogh Rees’ laugh and lines are particularly memorable …”

    ” Well written, well constructed and well acted, one of the best plays I have seen.”

    “Enjoyed it very much. Provoked lots of stimulating discussion in the car on the way home.”

    “Awesome! Fantastic! Thought provoking.”

    Station to Station is the first of Michael’s plays to tour the South Island and is made possible through Creative New Zealand funding.

    Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy New Zealand theatre at its finest.

    Not to be missed!

    Station to Station tour dates:

    Blenheim – Marlborough Civic Theatre
    Saturday September 10 at 7.30pm
    Tickets: 03 520 8558

    Nelson – Theatre Royal
    Monday September 12 & Tuesday September 13 at 7.30pm
    Tickets: 03 548 3083

    Ashburton – Ashburton Events Centre Trust
    Thursday September 15 & Friday September 16 at 7.30pm
    Tickets: 03 307 2010

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  • Outrageous Fortune: double episode Saturdays!

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    Hey New Zealand fans, TV3 is going right back to the beginning! From Saturday June 11 onwards, Outrageous Fortune will play at 8:30pm on TV3, starting from series one.

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  • Antonia Prebble stars in Station to Station central North Island tour

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    Outrageous Fortune fans in Hawkes Bay, Hamilton and New Plymouth can catch up with Antonia Prebble in Michael Galvin’s darkly funny play, Station to Station.

    The play, which premiered in Auckland in 2009, commences a central North Island tour in June/July. Check out the ticketing websites below for further details.

    CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND CONSORTIUM in association with PASSENGER presents

    STATION TO STATION
    A play by Michael Galvin
    Directed by Cameron Rhodes (The Reindeer Monologues, Closer)
    With music by Geoff Maddock (Goldenhorse)
    Starring Michael Galvin, Antonia Prebble, Donogh Rees
    Designed by Simon Coleman, Nik Janiurek, Elena Doyle
    Produced by Rachel Lorimer and Felicity Letcher

    HAWKE’S BAY – 16 & 17 June
    Thursday 16 June 7.30pm
    Friday 17 June 7.30pm
    HAWKE’S BAY OPERA HOUSE
    Ticket Direct 0800 4ticket
    www.ticketdirect.co.nz

    NEW PLYMOUTH – 23 & 24 June
    Thursday 23 June 7.30pm
    Friday 24 June 7.30pm
    THEATRE ROYAL
    Ticketmaster ph 0800 111 999
    www.ticketmaster.co.nz

    HAMILTON – 1 & 2 July
    Friday 1 July 7.30pm
    Saturday 2 July 7.30pm
    CLARENCE ST THEATRE
    Ticketek ph 0800 TICKETEK
    www.ticketek.co.nz

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  • Wednesday’s Outrageous Fortune talk at the Auckland Museum:

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    Wednesday night’s conversation with cast and crew from Outrageous Fortune provided some intriguing insights into the series and how great television is made. Writer Rachel Lang described the relationship between Van (Ant Starr) and Munter (Tammy Davis) as the “greatest love story” of the show. Character development was also discussed with Tammy describing an early conversation with a director who provided a character sketch of Munter: “his name is Munter and he is always munted”.

    Director Simon Bennett said the cast and crew of Outrageous Fortune were able to create great television because of the high level of trust on set. After the talk some of the fans in the audience managed to grab a few photos and signatures.

    Next week’s line-up of actor Robyn Malcolm, director Britta Johnstone and editor Nic Smith will discuss the best and strangest moments behind the scenes on Outrageous Fortune.

    http://outrageousfortune.aucklandmuseum.com/

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  • “Outrageous Wednesdays” at the Auckland Museum

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    If you’re missing your Outrageous Fortune fix go to Auckland Museum this Wednesday evening (March 30) – at 7pm they’re hosting a free talk with actor Tammy Davis, director Simon Bennett and writer Rachel Lang about the process that sees words on a page transformed into “real” characters. Drop into the Museum for a wine after work, check out the exhibition and stay on for the talk.

    OUTRAGEOUS WEDNESDAYS
    FREE TALK AT 7PM
    EXHIBITION OPEN FROM 5PM – 7PM

    30 MARCH
    CONVERSATION WITH CAST & CREW
    From words on a page to mayhem on set – the process of capturing the magic. Outrageous director Simon Bennett, writer Rachel Lang and actor Tammy Davis talk about shooting the show.

    6 APRIL
    CONVERSATION WITH CAST & CREW
    Where’s Wolf? Outrageous actor Robyn Malcolm, director Britta Johnstone and editor Nic Smith share their memories of the best and strangest moments behind the scenes on Outrageous Fortune.

    13 APRIL
    University of Auckland’s Professor Cristel Russell talking about the bonds we forge with on-screen characters, why it happens and what happens when they are gone.

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  • TV Guide Best on the Box winners:

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    The results are in! Outrageous Fortune took out four awards in the 2011 TV Guide Best on the Box awards including Best Drama, Best Actress (Robyn Malcolm), Best Actor (Antony Starr) and Sexiest Man (Antony Starr).

    Congratulations to all.

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  • Wesley Dowdell in the Auckland Arts Festival:

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    Wesley Dowdell (Aaron) will be performing in an Auckland Arts Festival show this month. The show, ‘Havoc In The Garden’ opens at the festival and runs in Auckland venues from March 2 – 26.

    For further information or to buy tickets, visit: www.massivecompany.co.nz or www.aucklandfestival.co.nz

    Become a fan of Havoc In The Garden page on Facebook here.

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  • Best on the Box nominations:

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    Outrageous Fortune has picked up 7 nominations in the TV Guide Best on the Box awards! The show is up for Best Drama, Robyn Malcolm (Cheryl) for Best Actress and Sexiest Woman, Antonia Prebble (Loretta) for Best Actress, Antony Starr (Van/Jethro) for Best Actor and Sexiest Man and Craig Hall (Nicky) also for Sexiest Man.

    Head on over to www.tv-guide.co.nz/botb2011 to place your votes for Outrageous Fortune!

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  • Outrageous Fortune stars support the Paw Justice Pet Food drive

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    On November 27 and 28, 2011 you can bring a can of pet food to Noel Leeming stores throughout Auckland and your purchase will be reduced to cost. Plus 4% of sales will go to Paw Justice Charitable Trust.

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  • Outrageous Fortune stars in ‘TOYS’

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    Robyn Malcolm (Cheryl), Siobhan Marshall (Pascalle), Dave Fane (Falani) and Barnie Duncan (Dane) are just some of the actors taking part in the Royale Productions play TOYS.

    Written by Natalie Medlock and Dan Musgrove comes another serving of yuletide mischief.

    Join the revolving cast of 40 actors from stage and screen as they ask the tough questions: will Ball survive being thrown at the ranchslider again? Is Viewmaster and his obsession with Kevin Bacon really to be trusted? Will Barbie have to go and live at the dump?

    TOYS. It’s not for children.

    TOYS plays at The Basement Theatre from Dec 2nd – 18th. No shows Mondays. Bookings: iticket.co.nz. Adults $35 / Seniors & Students $30 / Actors’ Equity $25 / Group bookings 6+ $30 each

    STARRING! Andi Crown, Angela Bloomfield, Ari Boyland, Barnaby Frederic, Barnie Duncan, Ben Wall, Beth Allen, Brett O’Gorman, Bronwyn Bradley, Bruce Phillips, Byron Coll, Charlie McDermott, Chelsie Preston-Crayford, Dan Musgrove, Dave Fane, Gareth Reeves, Gareth Williams, Hannah Banks, Harry McNaughton, Ian Hughes, Jacque Drew, Jarod Rawiri, Jeff Szusterman, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Jessica Wood, Jordan Blaikie, Madeleine Sami, Michele Hine, Millen Baird, Morgana O’Reilly, Natalie Medlock, Nic Sampson, Oliver Driver, Renee Lyons, Robyn Malcolm, Ryan Richards, Sam Snedden, Siobhan Marshall and Yvette Parsons.

    Directed by Cameron Rhodes and Toby Leach

    Design by Simon Coleman

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  • The Outrageous Flight

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    grabaseat is offering return airfares, a night at SKYCITY Hotel and tickets to the VIP leopard-skin carpet launch of the Outrageous Fortune exhibition at Auckland Museum.

    There will be two flights, one departing from Wellington and the other from Christchurch.

    Book yourself onto the Outrageous Flight here.

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  • Antony Starr in After The Waterfall

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    Antony Starr takes the lead in the upcoming NZ feature film, After the Waterfall. The film releases in cinemas this Thursday November 4.

    Antony will be doing Q&A sessions before these screenings:

    Thursday 4th Nov at 6:30pm – Rialto Newmarket
    Thursday 4th Nov at 8:30pm – Bridgeway Cinema, Northcote

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  • Sophie Henderson (Bailey) in Dog Sees God @ Basement Theatre

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    Catch Sophie Henderson (Bailey) in DOG SEES GOD at the Basement Theatre September 28 – October 9.

    DOG SEES GOD – It’s really f**ked up, Charlie Brown!
    Didn’t fit in growing up? Well, neither do they…

    CB’s dog is dead, his sister has gone goth, his best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation and his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalised. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits.

    Based on Charles M. Schulz’s iconic Peanuts comic strip, this is a black comedy about drug use…, suicide, eating disorders, rebellion, sexual identity and the hope that, one day, we might grow up…

    Featuring:
    Byron Coll (Heat)
    Sophie Henderson (The Scene, The Little Dog Laughed, Outrageous Fortune)
    Todd Emerson (The History Boys, Songs for Guy)
    Barnie Duncan (Outrageous Fortune)
    Chelsie Preston-Crayford (The Cult, That Face)
    Morgana O’Reilly (Bare, When the Rain Stops Falling)
    Sam Bunkall (Romeo and Juliet)
    and Natalie Medlock (Assassins)

    Directed by Sophie Roberts (Broken China, Wolf’s Lair)

    8pm
    Tickets – $20 / $16 / Groups 6+ $15
    Tuesday 28th Preview – all tickets $15
    Book at iTicket – www.iticket.co.nz / 361 1000

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  • Robyn Malcolm on RadioLive with Willie & JT

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    Robyn stopped in yesterday to chat to Willie & JT. Listen here.

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    Robyn stopped in yesterday to chat to Willie & JT. Listen here.

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  • Be tutored by Wesley Dowdell!

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    Love Aaron Spiller? Well, the lovely Wesley Dowdell is one of Massive Company’s fantastic tutors offering FREE theatre workshops for 15 – 25 year olds. These workshops introduce young people to the skills Massive Company uses to create theatre, building ensemble, improvisation and story telling skills.

    Next workshop taught by Wesley Dowdell:

    Central City Workshop – Freemans Bay Community Hall
    Taster Session: 7th September, 4pm – 6pm
    Workshop running: 27th September – 1st October, 10am – 4pm

    To register a place for this workshop or for more information, visit: www.massivecompany.co.nz

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  • Live forum chat with Siobhan Marshall

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    Siobhan Marshall will be on the forum next Tuesday August 17th at 5:45pm (NZ time) to take part in a live forum chat.

    We’ll open a thread on the forum just prior to the chat so you can post your questions/messages there. Siobhan will be chatting in this thread only.

    See you there!

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  • LIFE GETS EVEN MORE OUTRAGEOUS FOR ROBYN MALCOLM

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    After a three-year hiatus, Outrageous Fortune star Robyn Malcolm returns to the stage to celebrate this thing we called life in Silo Theatre’s production of Samuel Beckett’s classic HAPPY DAYS, opening at the Herald Theatre on August 20.

    HAPPY DAYS plays
    20th August – 18th September 2010
    Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE
    Tickets: $20.00 – $39.00 (service fees will apply)
    Tickets available through THE EDGE – www.buytickets.co.nz or 09 357 3355

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  • VIEW Magazine: Outrageous Fortune fans and their wacky world

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    A few of Outrageous Fortune‘s biggest fans from this forum featured in Herald on Sunday’s View Magazine last weekend.

    Click here to read the article!

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  • The confirmation you’ve been waiting for…

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    We are pleased to confirm that the sixth and final series of Outrageous Fortune begins on Tuesday July 13 on TV3 (NZ).

    The series also has a new timeslot of 8:30pm.

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  • Outrageous Fortune in Rip It Up

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    The latest Rip It Up magazine is out now and features exclusive interviews with Antony Starr (Van & Jethro) & Tammy Davis (Munter) as well as Antonia Prebble (Loretta).

    AND New Zealanders can visit www.ripitup.co.nz for a chance to win a signed copy.

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  • Outrageous Fortune is coming to the Auckland Museum

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    Auckland Museum and South Pacific Pictures have joined forces to create Outrageous Fortune: Journey to the Wests, an exclusive summer exhibition that will give Museum visitors the chance to step into the West family’s living room, go behind-the-scenes and get an intimate understanding of the incredible complexities that comprise New Zealand’s most successful television drama series.

    Visitors will be able to peel back the layers of Outrageous Fortune to find the relationship between fantasy and reality, while discovering how this hit television show is made.

    The exhibition, which is due to open in mid-December 2010, will present popular culture within the context of a wider stimulating debate. It will encourage visitors to ask questions about how a ‘fantasy’ version of Auckland’s identity can in turn influence and contribute to our understanding of ourselves and wider New Zealand culture.

    Auckland Museum Trust Board Chairman Dr William Randall said: ”South Pacific Pictures is one of New Zealand’s leading creative companies, and we are pleased to be working alongside them on this initiative. It affords the Museum the opportunity to create a unique, in-depth exhibition that examines what it means to be a New Zealander in the 21st century.”

    South Pacific Pictures Chief Executive John Barnett said: “We’re delighted to enable the hundreds of thousands of fans of Outrageous Fortune and many others the opportunity to see the show in a whole new light. Auckland Museum is the ideal partner to reveal magic behind the making of this iconic television series.”

    The exhibition will feature actual behind-the-scenes elements from the show and offer unique insights into how the characters are created and how they are brought to life through the script and production process. The Museum will ensure that all care will be taken when developing the exhibition, recognising the wide age range of its visitors.

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  • Tammy Davis on The Edge

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    Tammy Davis (Munter) was on The Edge this morning to talk about his participation in the KidsCan Corporate Fight Night this Friday, Outrageous Fortune & his latest projects. Listen to part 1 and part 2 of his interview.

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  • OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE SERIES 1-5 RECAP

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    Given the nature of the exceptional cliffhanger for series 5, we will not be releasing a web promo for series 6. However, we would recommend you watch this closely…

    Enjoy the trip down memory lane. Series 6 will be returning to TV3 in New Zealand this year.

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  • Tammy Davis in Corporate Fight Night for Kidscan Charitable Trust

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    Tammy Davis (Outrageous Fortune‘s Munter) is in training to participate in the Corporate Fight Night on May 21 in an effort to raise funds for KidsCan Charitable Trust.

    You can sponsor Tammy’s efforts in the boxing ring and at the same time raise money for this worthy charity which is dedicated to meeting the basic physical needs of financially disadvantaged children.

    Visit this website to donate.

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  • Win a Date with Robyn Malcolm

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    NZ’s favourite actress has teamed up with Oxfam this Fair Trade Fortnight (May 1-16) to encourage Kiwis to buy more Fairtrade products to help farmers and producers in the developing world work their way out of poverty.

    Log onto Trade Me between now and April 11, and bid to have a Fairtrade Coffee Break with Robyn in May. The lucky bidder will also be invited to accompany Robyn to a theatre production in Auckland.

    Bid now to join Oxfam and Robyn in helping struggling coffee farmers work their way out of poverty.

    www.oxfamcoffeebreak.org.nz

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  • Antony Starr on Classic Hits

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    Listen to Antony Starr’s recent interview on Classic Hits about the TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards HERE.

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  • Best on the Box winners announced

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    OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE took out five awards in the TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards:

    Robyn Malcolm, who plays tough-as-nails matriarch Cheryl West in has been voted Sexiest Woman for the third year running and Best Actress on television for the sixth year in a row.

    Malcolm’s co-star in the hit TV series, Antony Starr, holds onto his Sexiest Man title for the second year and the Best Actor gong for the third time.

    Considered a sex symbol on-screen, Antony says off-screen it’s a different story. “If I was treated like that I would probably go and hide in a cave somewhere because I’d be too embarrassed. I tend to slip under the radar in that department which is fine by me,” he says.

    In the Sexiest Woman category, Robyn beat runner-up and Breakfast presenter Pippa Wetzell by a mere 73 votes and while she’s flattered at the result says she is a “pretty normal sort of a bird”.

    “Perhaps in other parts of the world, the Angelina Jolies get elevated to those positions. But I like that in New Zealand we seem to like our girls normal.”

    OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE also topped the Best Drama category for the fifth year running.

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  • Michelle Ang stars in new film, Girl Meets Boy

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    26/02/2010

    This Sunday Michelle Ang (Tracy Hong on OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE) begins shooting a lead role in South Pacific Pictures’ new feature film, Girl Meets Boy.

    The film is a romantic comedy/coming-of-age feature film based on the award-winning 2005 documentary Banana in a Nutshell by Roseanne Liang. Liang directs Girl Meets Boy, which she co-wrote with Angeline Loo.

    Michelle plays the character Emily Chu.

    For more information visit www.southpacificpictures.com

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  • Vote for us in the TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards

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    Outrageous Fortune has eight nominations in this year’s TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards.

    The show is up against The Cult, Go Girls, Shortland Street, Piece of My Heart and Until Proven Innocent in the Best Drama category.

    Leading lady Robyn Malcolm (Cheryl West) has been nominated yet again for Sexiest Woman and Best Actress, but can she hold the title of Sexiest Woman for a third consecutive year?

    Antony Starr (Van and Jethro West) has also been nominated in the Sexiest Man and Best Actor categories where he’s joined by castmates Kirk Torrance (Wayne Judd) and Charles Mesure (DS Gerard). Siobhan Marshall (Pascalle West) is nominated alongside Robyn in the Best Actress category.

    Voting forms will be published in the February 11 and 18 issues of the TV Guide. To vote online, visit www.tv-guide.co.nz/botb. Winners in each of the 24 categories will be announced in the March 18 issue of the magazine.
    Voting closes on March 5 at 5pm.

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  • WIN AN OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE WALK-ON PART WITH THE WEST AUCKLAND HOSPICE!

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    OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE SUPPORTS THE WEST AUCKLAND HOSPICE:

    Donate $10 or more to the West Auckland Hospice during their annual Christmas Remembrance Trees (STARS) appeal and go into the draw to win a walk-on part on Outrageous Fortune!

    The appeal runs from the 7 – 24 of December, 2009.

    Christmas trees will be located at West City, Westgate, LynnMall, and Kelston shopping centres, West Wave and PSIS. More trees will be at Lincoln Rd’s Mitre 10 Mega, Helensville’s Unichem and outside the ASB at Te Atatu Peninsula. Trees will also be at Titirangi and Coatesville local markets and Te Atatu, Helensville, Kumeu and Henderson Christmas Parades.

    Shoppers can write a message on a silver or golden star decoration to remember a loved one, hang it on the Christmas tree, and make a donation to Hospice.

    LIGHT UP HOSPICE FOR CHRISTMAS:

    On Sunday, 6 December 2009, at 52 Beach Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula, Hospice West Auckland will be illuminated with sparkling lights to celebrate the magic and mystery of Christmas.

    Waitakere-based MC and entertainer, Greg Ward, will lead an unforgettable evening of entertainment for all. Enjoy soul-reviving jazz with the Waitakere Brass Brand, watch Chinese lions come to life as the E-Pacs Team dance to the sounds of drums and gongs, and be inspired by the award winning Rangeview Intermediate Kapa Haka group.

    In true community spirit, Light up Hospice for Christmas offers something special for everyone. For the children, face-painters dressed in fairy gowns will give their faces a colourful make over. They will also have the opportunity to meet Santa.

    Rejoice in the Christmas spirit with carol singing and light candles to send loving thoughts to those who are not with us.

    Once darkness falls, twinkling lights decorating Hospice House and Christmas trees along the balcony will sparkle and shine – this night and every night until Christmas Eve.

    Everyone, young and old, families and people on their own are welcome. Bring a picnic chair, a candle and join us as we celebrate Christmas together.

    Light up Hospice for Christmas will take place on Sunday 6 December 2009, from 7:30-9:30pm, at 52 Beach Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula, Waitakere.

    This evening also launches our annual Christmas Remembrance Trees (STARS) appeal in shopping malls, local markets and Christmas parades from 7-24 December 2009.

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  • Robyn Malcolm on THE ROCK Morning Rumble, 27/11/09

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    Robyn Malcolm was on THE ROCK this morning to talk about her nomination in the first annual ROCK awards.

    She is nominated for Hottest Cougar! Listen to her interview here.

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  • Outrageous Fortune’s Shane Cortese stars in the upcoming ‘Xmas Rocks’ extravaganza

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    THE ROCK radio station has announced the first annual ROCK awards, celebrating the best and worst of 2009.

    We’re stoaked to hear Outrageous Fortune is a finalist in TWO categories:

    Best Local TV Show
    Hottest Cougar (Robyn Malcolm)

    Category winners will be announced during an on air awards ceremony on December 12 from 8pm.

    Don’t forget to vote!

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    Kirk Torrance’s (Outrageous Fortune) powerful new play is brought to the stage by theatre director Rachel House and some of Aotearoa’s leading performers.

    This is Aotearoa, early 1800s, on a brutal and barren wasteland a few heartbeats before the plague of the Musket Wars. Set designer John Verryt, lighting designer Jeremy Fern and composers Tama Waipara and Sean Lynch have collectively crafted an atmosphere worthy of this foreboding story.

    The landscape has a hostile beauty where the people, like primal spirits, bend to its whim. Their chief, Aoraki (Maaka Pohatu), dominates their lives like the ever demanding earth. An outsider has arrived – a Scotsman (Jason Whyte) – taken in as ‘moki’, Aoraki’s pet. Escaping his own world in search of a new one, his alliance with the chief’s slave, Hine (Nancy Brunning), is about to change the tribe’s destiny with devastating consequences.

    This epic story and its haunting imagery merge our cultures and history into a stunning fusion of theatre and movement to create a uniquely New Zealand theatrical event that guarantees to etch a lasting impact on audiences.

    Ensemble
    Tamihana Paurini
    Regan Taylor
    Maria Walker
    Nancy Wijohn

    Director
    Rachel House

    Writer
    Kirk Torrance

    Lighting Design
    Jeremy Fern

    Set Design
    John Verryt

    Composers/Musicians
    Tama Waipara and Sean Lynch

    Movement Director
    Jack Gray

    Costume Design
    Rona Osborne, Native Agent

    Photography
    Darryl Ward, Curious Film

    Tues 17 – Sat 28 November
    Tues – Wed 7pm, Thurs – Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm
    Lower NZI, Level 1, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

    Adult $32* Student/Concession $25* Groups 8 or more $25*
    *Service fees apply. Concession (Student, seniors, Silo card holders, Actors Equity, DANZ card holders)

    BOOK NOW 0800 BUYTICKETS or www.buytickets.co.nz

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    Buy the Outrageous Fortune book “The West Family Album” from The Warehouse between Wednesday October 28, 2009 and Tuesday December 22, 2009 and you will enter the draw to win a day on the set and a walk-on part on series 6 of Outrageous Fortune.

    For more details, visit your local Warehouse store or go to their website for competition details and terms & conditions.

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  • The Naked Samoans Reunite

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    Critically acclaimed theatre troupe, The Naked Samoans, which includes Outrageous Fortune‘s Dave Fane, are reuniting for a very special cause.

    They’re coming together for a one-off performance to raise funds for those affected by the recent tsunami in Samoa, supporting the Oxfam Tsunami Appeal.

    The Naked Samoans, which consists of performers David Fane (broTown, Outrageous Fortune, Diplomatic Immunity, Sione’s Wedding) Robbie Magasiva (Shortland Street, Siones Wedding, The Tattooist), Oscar Kightley (broTown, Siones Wedding, Arts laureate; NZOM), Mario Gaoa (broTown, Diplomatic Immunity, Siones Wedding), Shimpal Lelisi (broTown, Siones Wedding, Tagata Pasifika) and Jerome Leota, will reunite for their one-off show on Saturday, 7th November at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE.

    The team, who have not performed together in almost two years, all have friends and family who have been seriously affected by the devastation in Samoa.

    Coming out of hibernation to perform this show is their way of giving people one last chance to witness the comic genius of the Naked Samoans, while at the same time, raising money for those affected by the disaster.

    All proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to the Oxfam Tsunami Appeal.

    Weve decided to put our differences aside, and come together for this cause, says Magasiva. We all know people who have been affected by the disaster in Samoa, so this is a way for us to help out. Its one night only, so come and check it out.

    DETAILS:

    The Naked Samoans Go Home
    November 7th at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge at 8.00pm.

    Tickets are $20 and available online at www.buytickets.co.nz or at the theatre box office.

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  • Antonia Prebble supports the Movember Foundation:

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    Buy Catalina ‘Mo’ necklaces from www.endemicworld.com and they will both donate $5 for each sale, a total of $10 per necklace going to Movember.

    New Zealand designer Catalina has teamed up with NZ’s design store endemicworld.com to donate $10 for every Catalina “Mo” necklace sold in October and November.

    Antonia Prebble, OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE actress and supporter of the CATALINA campaign, says “I think it’s great that CATALINA is getting involved in this way. It is a simple, fun but also very effective way for women to contribute to this very important cause”.

    Choose from your favourite hair colours; grey, ginger or black.

    A great way for all the ladies out there to support Movember without growing a Mo themselves.

    Go to www.endemicworld.com or www.movember.com for more details.

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    Following Tuesday night’s cliffhanger, Shane Cortese (Hayden) was interviewed on THE ROCK Wednesday morning.

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  • REAL GROOVY DEALS ON OUTRAGEOUS STUFF

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    Real Groovy is now taking orders for the series five DVD. And they’re also selling the book! Purchase Outrageous Fortune: The West Family Album here.

    But wait! There’s more! For a SPECIAL deal on both the Series 5 DVD & BOOK check out Real Groovy’s offer here.

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  • THE STARS COME OUT FOR SAMOA:

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    Join stars from Sione’s Wedding, Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street and more this Saturday for two special screenings of SIONE’S WEDDING. Tickets are $9 and all proceeds go to the NZ Red Cross Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal.

    Screening details for Saturday 10th October:

    6:00pm – SkyCity Cinemas, St Lukes, Auckland
    8:00pm – SkyCity Cinemas, Westfield Manukau

    Tickets are $9. Come along, meet your favourite stars, win spot prizes and help us fundraise for Samoa.

    Check out YouTube trailer here

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    The Outrageous Fortune sisters, Siobhan Marshall (Pascalle West) and Antonia Prebble (Loretta West) are urging New Zealanders to help end animal cruelty this World Animal Week by purchasing an exclusive Karen Walker for WSPA t-shirt.

    The New Zealand made, 100% organic cotton t-shirts will be sold in The Body Shop stores from 12 to 18 October 2009. The t-shirts will sell for $40, with $20 from every sale going to the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to help end animal cruelty.

    This year’s range of Karen Walker for WSPA t-shirts has been designed by leading New Zealand fashion designer, Karen Walker, to raise much needed funds for the WSPA as well as encourage support for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

    As Antonia explains, “In New Zealand we are lucky to have relatively high animal welfare standards, but sadly this is not true for a lot of the world.”

    A Universal Declaration for animals will give official global recognition of animals as sentient beings capable of experiencing pain and suffering and will ensure the needs of animals remain at the forefront when governments formulate and implement policies concerning them.

    Millions of animals face a life of toil, mistreatment, cruelty, pain and suffering as a result of human indifference and neglect.

    Global recognition of animals and their welfare would provide the basis for their increased recognition and protection, and it is also closely linked with improving human health, social development and environmental sustainability.

    More than 36,000 New Zealanders and 2 million people worldwide have already added their name in support of the Declaration.
    Siobhan says, this is a really important issue and all New Zealanders should add their name in support for this Declaration.

    The petition can be signed in The Body Shop stores or online at www.wspa.org.nz/animalsmatter.

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  • Series five DVD release date!

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    The wait is finally over! Series five will be released on DVD New Zealand-wide/online on OCTOBER 15.

    Distributed by Roadshow Entertainment, you can grab your DVD from major retail outlets (NZ) or via online sites such as Real Groovy, Gumboot and GP store.

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    On Saturday, James Griffin (co-creator, Executive Producer and writer of Outrageous Fortune) joined Peter Urlich for a chat on bFM.

    Have a listen to their chat HERE.

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  • John Campbell’s day on the set of Outrageous Fortune

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    Campbell Live was on set to shoot John Campbell’s Outrageous Fortune series six cameo appearance this week. Check out the video here.

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  • Outrageous Fortune actors behind Paw Justice campaign

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    It’s time to stand up for our pets’ rights. Many of your favourite OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE actors are doing so by getting behind the PAW JUSTICE campaign.

    PAW JUSTICE wants 1 million signatures saying NO to animal cruelty and to ensure offenders are punished to fit their crimes. Your help is required to launch an effective legislation that makes potential offenders think twice before harming any animal.

    For further information regarding the petition and PAW JUSTICE t-shirts, visit the Paw Justice website: www.pawjustice.co.nz

    PJ

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  • Outrageous Fortune supports Loud Shirt Day

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    This week, seven unique shirts are up for grabs on TradeMe to support the cause. And we’ve thrown two t-shirts worn by Cheryl West on Outrageous Fortune into the mix! One of these is the gold and black Keith Matheson shirt Cheryl wore during her infamous catfight with Sheree. That t-shirt is on TradeMe HERE.

    There are also t-shirts signed by Rhys Darby and Alice Cooper.

    For more details about Loud Shirt Day, visit www.loudshirtday.co.nz

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    Families - love them or hate them, there’s no escaping the fact they’re a part of who you are. Ben Jackson is about to find out, when he returns home to Jackson’s Wharf. Mention the name Jackson on Kaupapa Peninsula, and any local will nod sagely - then ask which one you’re after. Jackson is a name that’s part of this community, like dags on sheep, salt on chips. There have been Jacksons here since 1844, when Abe Jackson, a 17-year-old seaman, jumped ship. The local joke is he wasn’t too bright - he thought he’d got off in Auckland. Jackson’s sense of direction may have left a little to be but having made his mistake, he chose to stay. It’s easy to see why. Kaupapa Peninsula is an idyllic spot, until recently a sleepy backwater where locals lived their lives the way they wanted. The Jacksons are fiercely proud of their place and their identity, and proud of their number one son Ben. Ex-All Black and lawyer, Ben is his home town’s most famous export. He lives in the city now, but all that’s about to change. His father, Calder, dies suddenly. Recent widower Ben packs up his family and heads home, back to the extensive Jackson clan and the considerable fallout from Calder’s last will and testament. Little does Ben suspect how much his homecoming will churn up all that lies below the surface of his home town and its premier family. Ben’s step-brother, Frank, is the local cop. He likes things in Jackson’s Wharf done his way. And he doesn’t appreciate his older brother being left the family’s greatest asset - the Jackson’s Wharf hotel. Especially as Frank is the one who stayed behind and has made all the sacrifices. Ben’s return also stirs up strong feelings in Frank’s wife, Mahina - memories she’s tried hard to forget. The family grieve and the town pays homage to Calder, while Frank keeps a secret: the night of his father’s death he was called to the cabin of the young barmaid, Larissa, to find Calder dead in her bed. He transferred his father’s body back to the hotel to protect his mother and the family name. Ben’s mother, Betty, wants him to honour his father’s will. Ben is reluctant at first but comes to realise that, since the death of his wife, he has covered his pain by throwing himself into his work at the expense of his children. Ben left town a long time ago, but now he is back the locals are chuffed. Their town needs a decent, straight up lawyer who will look after their interests, but most of all they need him for the first XV rugby team, which hasn’t won a game since... well, since he left. Mahina’s a Jackson now, although Frank marrying a Rewiti was the last thing anybody expected. If the Jacksons can trace their claim back to 1844, the Rewiti clan can trace theirs back considerably further. They still grumble that Abe tricked their ancestors out of the best land - now the site of the pub - though history has recorded the deal as legitimate.

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    The Blue Rose is a new take on the investigative drama series. Although set in the vibrant and chaotic heart of Auckland city, it’s about little people getting a go, flexing their muscle, striving for change, often against corporate giants. The kick-arse stories centre around two fresh characters – Jane and Linda – leaders of the Society of the Blue Rose, a group of PA’s and computer nerds who swear to fight for justice and fairness, even if they sometimes have to break the law to do so. It’s a series about what happens when the overlooked and underpaid take back a little power. JANE is a temp. On a certain Monday she begins temping as a PA at legal firm Mosely and Lovegrove because Rose, the former PA, drowned that weekend. But Rose’s best friend LINDA is convinced her death is no accident... As Jane starts to piece together the clues – spurred on by kick-arse Linda – she becomes embroiled in a shadowy world of office politics, skullduggery, intrigue - and ultimately danger. Jane and Linda quickly end up sure that Rose was murdered though proving it will be a lot more difficult. With the Society of the Blue Rose for moral and logistical support, Jane and Linda, unlikely allies, become united in tattoos and purpose. And as they set out to get justice for Rose, they find there are others who need their help, victims of fraud, theft and injustice. From here our stories unfold… The Blue Rose is wish fulfilment. In this way, it’s aspirational for our audience, who’d like to change the world if they could, kick a little butt if they got the chance. It’s also about a truism we all recognise – the PA who can screw your day; the courier who can save your life. With the stories and problems at its heart, it’s kind of a dramatic Target – with some knicker drawers, but more laughs... Like a lot of TV3’s slate, it’s about finding the truth, exposing wrong doers and seeking justice – but the investigators aren’t hardened cops or prosecutors, they’re ordinary chicks and blokes. The series has thrills and intrigue, but it’s also down to earth and funny; something Kiwi audiences can relate to.

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    DI John Paxton begins to question his job when a murderer walks free from court because of a legal technicality. His boss DCI Pete Chambers is equally disgusted by the outcome and plots the ultimate revenge - killing the culprit himself. Paxton refuses to get involved, but later discovers Chambers dead in his car - and ends up being the chief suspect for the crime and goes on the run - all the while trying to prove his innocence by finding the real culprit.

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    High Country Rescue follows the New Zealand Police and the Search and Rescue volunteers and heroes of LandSAR Wanaka and Fiordland as they brave the elements and risk their lives to save others in some of the most remote and treacherous parts of the South Island. The tourist towns of Wanaka and Te Anau are the gateways for the Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks. The spectacular scenery of these parks, which are set against a breath-taking but hazardous backdrop of snowy mountains and dense bush, is a magnet for outdoor adventurers; but it can be deadly. When disaster strikes, the local police and Search and Rescue volunteers are the only lifeline. From experienced mountaineers who become trapped in dangerous weather to stricken mountain bikers and missing hunters, this series follows the Search and Rescue heroes and local police right into the life-or-death drama of each rescue. High stakes. High drama. High Country Rescue.

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    SIONE’S WEDDING is a comedy about four best friends, Michael, Albert, Stanley and Sefa; the ladies’ man, the good boy, the party guy and the weird one – the Boys. They’re first generation Samoan New Zealanders living out their lives in the suburban sleep outs, basketball courts, high rise office buildings and hip hop clubs of the biggest Polynesian city in the world. In the early 90s they were the Duckrockers break-dancing crew. Now it’s 2005 and the Boys are in their thirties. But some things never change. They’re still the Duckrockers. They still act like they’re sixteen. They get drunk, they chase the wrong women and they have a remarkable record of misbehaving and causing chaos at every wedding they attend. But now Michael’s younger brother Sione is getting married, and everything is about to change. Sione is their boy, the kid they used to look after, who grew up while they were still partying. And to ensure his big day isn’t spoiled by his boys and their idiot antics, Sione has issued an ultimatum; the guys all have to bring dates to the wedding. And not just any dates; real girlfriends, someone they’ve made a commitment to. They have one month. So just how hard can it be to get a date for your best boy's wedding? Michael doesn’t think it will be a problem. He’s a good looking cycle courier with a girl in every suburb and dozens more on speed dial. His speciality is rich, white and strictly no-strings. Does he know how to have a relationship that lasts longer than an afternoon? Albert is the quiet one. His mother can’t understand why such a good boy hasn’t found the right girl. And if he stopped longing for unobtainable women, Albert might discover that the perfect girl is just an office partition away. Unless his true love is the Pacific Princess his mother has imported from the islands for him. Stanley is a dreamer. A hopeless romantic – in a weird way. As ‘Tyreeq’ he’s a legend on the 0900 phone lines, but the girls he scores aren’t so dreamy when he meets them in the real world. There’s one girl Stanley knows will be different, his honey-voiced fantasy ‘Latifah’… Sefa is the guy everyone wants to party with. He may be wild, but Sefa always goes home to his girlfriend Leilani. Eventually. Sefa truly loves Leilani, it’s just that partying with the Boys comes first. Sefa thinks he has it made. He actually has a girlfriend, and she’s the bridesmaid. Leilani is obliged to be Sefa’s date for the wedding – isn’t she? From inner-city Auckland’s Pacific Island churches and hip hop clubs, to the suburban sleep-outs and basketball courts of Grey Lynn, SIONE’S WEDDING brings the life, colour and humour of New Zealand’s urban Pacific Island community to the big screen.

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    Private investigators John Lawless and Jodie Keane are hired by American Lana Vitale. This Beautiful stranger has come to collect the body of her husband Kyle -a computer expert- who the police say committed suicide. Lana wants to know why Kyle took his life. Lawless soon uncovers connection to a shady nightclub owner, Phil - Dangerous man who doesn't appreciate people snooping around his business. It seems Kyle helped Phil set up an internet porn operation. Lawless deduces Kyle had drugs in his body when he died and it's likely he didn't take his own life - he was murdered. While on the case, Jodie is drugged and nearly becomes a porn victim herself but is saved by Nat, a friend and lover of Kyle's. Meanwhile, romance sparks between Lawless and Lana- much to Jodie's annoyance. Jodie and Andy track down Phil's porn studio, but watch helplessly as another murder takes place. Lana makes an accusation about who murdered Kyle- but Jodie's investigations reveal another story

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    The boys are back! They’re five years older, but are they any wiser? Five years ago the Duckrockers thought they had figured it all out - they had found themselves girlfriends to take to Sione’s wedding and the future was looking bright: Michael had come to accept that he was a gigolo who was always going to fancy palagi girls; Albert had finally hooked up with his co-worker Tania; Stanley, always the weird one, had managed to find himself a nice girl – one of the catering staff from the wedding; and Sefa had even got the guts to propose to his long term girlfriend, Leilani. And Bolo? Well, apparently his name is actually Paul. Fast-forward five years and things haven’t quite gone as the boys might have planned: Albert is now married to Tania and they are living on the North Shore, both working in insurance and also trying (unsuccessfully) to have a baby; Sefa and Leilani are still together and now have two kids although despite Sefa’s proposal, they’re still not married. And while Sefa’s business is going down the toilet, Leilani seems to be living life to the full; Stanley is now a trainee Deacon in something called the Future Church; Michael has moved to Australia but the boys don’t hear from him often; and Bolo has thrown in his job with Sefa and taken up work with Michael’s little brother, Sione. Growing up appears to be driving the Duckrockers apart but when one of life turns up an unexpected event and Bolo goes missing, their Minister once again brings them together and sends them on a quest. Their mission: to find one Samoan in the world’s largest Polynesian city. As the physical search for Bolo continues, each of the Duckrockers is also on a personal journey, of sorts. But of course, the boys being the boys, the way they deal with things can only go wrong…

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    Jodie Keane finds ex-undercover cop, John Lawless, working in a seedy bar and persuades him to help her with an investigation. Tough Texan Dean Riley is in jail for murder, but his wife Trina is adamant he stands wrongly accused. when Lawless learns his old enemy Inspector Snow headed the original enquiry , he sees a chance to get even and joins the investigation. When another girl is found murdered, Lawless believes there's a connection to the earlier case- and that Dean must be innocent. However the police refuse to re-open the case and Lawless and Jodie focus on finding the real killer. Clever detective work leads them to Graham, a vet. While Jodie and surveillance expect, Andy, watch Graham, Lawless learns that Dean has escaped prison and has gone gunning for Snow. Lawless managers to intercept Dean but is shot and wounded in the process, in an attempt to flush out Graham, Jodie makes herself bait but Graham realizes the ruse, savagely attacking Andy and taking Jodie prisoner. Despite his injuries, Lawless desperately tries to track her down. As her captor psychologically unravels, Jodie prays Lawless will arrive in time to save her.........

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    Contemporary New Zealand where a Maori tribe waits anxiously for the birth of the first born of the new generation. For the descendent of Paikea, the Whale Rider. For the boy who will be chief. But the boy is stillborn, the first of twins. The second is a girl, named Paikea by her mother before she too dies. Pai’s father, grieving deeply, leaves his daughter to be raised by her grandparents. Koro, Pai’s grandfather and the chief, hardens his heart against her. A girl is no use to him. But Koro learns to love the child, and when her father returns after an absence of twelve years, Koro believes has a successor. Someone to restore life and pride to the diminishing community. Someone to show their people a future. But Pai’s father has no intention of becoming chief. Koro argues bitterly with his son, suggesting that if he leaves again, he can take Pai with him. Pai, devastated, agrees to go but on leaving finds herself drawn to the sea. To an ancient connection to the myth of the Whale Rider. She knows she cannot leave. Ignoring his grand daughter’s return, Koro begins an obsessive search for a boy to succeed him. He initiates a training school for the first born boys, convinced that the future leader will be revealed to him. Pai, as a girl, is forbidden to attend. When Pai is discovered trying to take part, Koro rejects her. She has broken the tapu, the sacredness of the school. Koro’s fears are confirmed when the boys face their final test, diving for an ancient piece of whalebone and failing to retrieve it. Koro is inconsolable. His search for a leader has failed. Pai grieves for her grandfather, instinctively calling to the sea, reaching out to the whales for guidance. Deep within the ocean, the whales respond, drawn to her and their twin destinies. When Pai dives and recovers the whalebone, her grandmother urges it to be kept secret. Koro, deeply depressed, remains blind to Pai’s suitability. He isn’t ready yet. But as Pai delivers a heartbreaking tribute to her absent grandfather at a school concert, Koro is horrified to discover that dozens of whales have stranded on the beach. Koro understands that this is an apocalyptic sign and fears it is his own grand daughter that is to blame. Dawn comes revealing a community united but exhausted in their attempts to save the stranded whales. Pai wakes and understands that this is her fault. She watches as a massive bull whale beaches, willing her grandfather to be strong enough to take charge. If they can send it out to sea, the other whales will follow. But the bull whale is determined to die and Pai grieves for her grandfather as the community admits defeat. No one notices Pai approach the whale, pressing her forehead to the whale’s in an ancient greeting. No one notices until too late that that she has climbed on the whale’s back...

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    Late 1800s, Te Urewera, New Zealand: A young Māori girl, Paraiti, is forced to watch as her father is murdered by European soldiers and her village is burnt. The experience leaves her scarred inside and out - a slash across the face has left her permanently scarred. Many years have passed. Paraiti lives a nomadic life. Her only family is now just a dog and a white horse. Steeped in traditional beliefs and distrusting of the Pākēhā (European settlers), she heals the sick and teaches the children of the Urewera the old ways. However while she is quietly celebrated within her community, the art of traditional healing has been made illegal and the consequences are dire if Paraiti is caught. While in town one day, Paraiti is approached by Maraea, a servant, who begs the medicine woman to tend to her mistress. Rebecca Vickers is beautiful, arrogant and deathly pale. With her pregnancy well-advanced, she asks Paraiti to rid her of the child before her husband returns from a trip abroad. Maraea adds that if the husband learns of his wife’s pregnancy he will kill her. Disgusted, Paraiti leaves, telling the pair that healing is about giving life, not taking it away. Soon after, staff at the local hospital prevent Paraiti from providing a young pregnant Maori woman who she knows with the medicine she needs. Paraiti witnesses the subsequent death of both the girl, her baby and the breaking of tapu (sacredness) - this sends her into the depths of despair and the load she carries suddenly becomes too heavy. Paraiti returns back to the town to Rebecca and tells her she has changed her mind and is willing to treat her. However, rather than performing an abortion, Paraiti’s secret intention is to deliver a healthy infant and preserve its life. During her stay at the Vickers estate Paraiti becomes increasingly annoyed with the servant Maraea - why is she, another Māori woman who has also suffered loss, insistent on disregarding her culture? Why does Maraea want so much to be like a white person? As Paraiti continues to ignore the rules of the house, firmly adhering to her own traditions, the tension between the pair grows. Paraiti discovers Maraea sponging Rebecca’s skin with a white substance, and hears the young mistress cry out in pain. Rebecca is being bleached. On challenging the servant, she’s told that Mr Vickers prefers a pale skinned wife. When Rebecca starts to go into labour, Paraiti announces that the child will live and that once born, she, Paraiti, will take it. The other women have no choice but to listen - it is Paraiti, the healer, who holds the power now. As the tension between the three increases, Rebecca turns against the dominating Maraea, and in her anger she reveals that her servant is actually her mother. Rebecca is the result of Maraea’s union with a Pākēhā gentleman. While Maraea loved this man dearly, he left her because she was Māori. So Maraea bleached her daughter’s skin and groomed her for the life that she herself was robbed of. Rebecca gives birth to a very Māori looking baby girl. Immediately following the birth, the young mother provides the baby with the sustenance she so desperately needs. Paraiti places the babe at her mother’s breast but will not let Maraea get close to her kin. Maraea is forced to realise that in her quest to make her daughter a Pākēhā she has lost her daughter, her grandchild and her own identity. Maraea turns against Paraiti but the healer refuses to become an outlet for the woman’s guilt. With her husband soon to return and conflicted by a surge of maternal emotions, Rebecca is overcome and takes her own life. Rebecca's mother is left childless and the new-born child is left motherless. Many years later, an older Paraiti has another addition to her nomadic family - a happy strongwilled Māori daughter. There is hope.

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    MERCY PEAK is a fresh new drama series. When Dr Nicky Somerville’s life in the city falls apart, she moves to the small town of Bassett (population 5058 and growing). She thinks the pace will be slower and things more simple. But she learns that life can be complex wherever you are. MERCY PEAK is about Nicky (Sara Wiseman) and her fellow Bassett residents – ordinary people whose lives are full of romance, passions, beliefs and foibles.

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    In February 1994, Christchurch businessman Dave Henderson walked into the Inland Revenue Department. He was not a happy man. His girlfriend had recently been there to collect a refund Dave’s company was owed. An IRD staff member made some suggestive comments to her. Dave told the IRD officer that if he ever talked to one of his employees like that again he would kick his “fat arse from one end of Cashel Street to the other”. And so began a saga of Kafkaesque and yet comedic proportions. But Dave refused to give in. He kept fighting He also kept both his sense of humour and his records - of every surreal phone conversation; of every demand; of every piece of paper. He kept fighting until his battle reached the very highest levels of Government. And finally, four years after the comedy of errors began, Dave Henderson won. Dave got his life and his business back together. And in a final ironic two-fingered salute, he bought the building which houses the South Island head office of the IRD. And renamed it Henderson House. We’re Here to Help is a Kafkaesque comedy based on the true story of one man’s David-and-Goliath battle with the biggest bureaucracy of all – the tax department.

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    The department of supply and information is a time capsule of a bygone era. it still has the same radiators, faded paintwork and standard issue desks of years ago,but there have been some changes: the VDUs are now called computers, there's a fax machine to more quickly receive cartoon and helpful inter-office mail like "100 things to do with a dead cat", or why Chocolate is better than sex. MARKET FORCES follows our heroes and heroines as they cope with changing circumstances. After their initial shock, they begin to fight back against the tyranny of mission statements, corporate reimaging and full cost recovery. MARKET FORCES is a series which takes New Zealand's best loved bunch of workmates and looks at their lives in the 1990s. Through them, it reflect the changes thousands of people have experienced in the brave new world of market economy.

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    City life is a relationship drama featuring the lives , loves and losses of a group of "twenty something" friends living in an apartment building in Auckland, New Zealand

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    Gamblers and innocents, rogues and speculators, partners in chance from all nations : gold prospectors. They poured in Otago from Yukon, California, and Ballarat, their eyes fevered with the contagion of gold, seeking pay-dirt in the exciting new colony of New Zealand. And amongest those dreaming their dreams in Johnny Rogan, eighteen, the youngest of a family of twelve from Canada, seeking his fortune thousands of miles from home. A western-styles drama, "Gold" will follow Johnny's adventures in Dunstan, a township caught in the manic grip of gold fever, and his search for fortune, love and justice.

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    Go Girls is about more than just the individual characters; it’s about people in their early to mid-20s making big decisions about changing their lives. It is about the so called 'quarter century crisis'. Quarter century crisis: 25 and what have you achieved? So a group of friends make a vow that in one year they’ll fulfill their ambition to whatever they wish to achieve. I365 days and counting.

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