James Coleman has done time as a radio host (from Radio Massey to RadioLIVE), TV presenter, and post-modern self-impersonator (playing James Coleman, on award-winning satire The Jaquie Brown Diaries). He acted in Edinburgh-selected short Thinking about Sleep, and in 2011 the one-time Sunrise presenter took on appliances, fire and Greg Page on TV’s Bigger, Better, Faster Stronger. He interviews ScreenTalkers for this website.

I loved Bigger, Better, Faster Stronger. How we survived without being blinded, cut to ribbons or incinerated beggars belief.

Screenography

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Stickmen

2001, As: Banker - Film

Thomas, Jack and Wayne are best mates. At night they're the Stickmen, who tour the Wellington pub scene playing pool with ever-increasing stakes. These peak when they enter a tournament run by vicious crime boss ‘Daddy'. Can they pocket the money and win the girls? Rothwell's first feature was a Kiwi take on the UK urban underbelly genre (Lock, Stock etc). "Smart, stylish and effortlessly entertaining" (Dominion Post) the film was a hit with the young male demographic and won several 2001 NZ Film and TV Awards (including best director, script, and actor).

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Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger - Series One, Episode Two

2011, Presenter - Television

The humble letterbox is targeted in this popular science show where broadcaster James Colman and director Greg Page attempt to “turbo” an everyday object. Their challenge is to move the mail 50 metres from postbox to household as quickly as possible. Coleman glimpses his nirvana when he scores a rocket scientist for his team — and battle lines are drawn between big bang theory and rather slower and steadier. In the pyrotechnics and rocket love that follow, Page sounds almost plausible when he claims his big truck solution as the cleaner, greener option.

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The Jaquie Brown Odyssey - Brownward Spiral (Episode Seven)

2009, As: James Coleman - Television

TV personality Jaquie Brown plays (and plays up) herself for further delightful comic effect in the second series of The Jacquie Brown Diaries (renamed The Jaquie Brown Odyssey for DVD release). In the Qantas Award-winning TV3 satire Brown is an egomaniacal reporter looking to climb the media ladder any which way she can. This episode sees Brown googling herself, and a late-night forum post sends her spiralling towards celebrity booze binge self-destruction on K Road. In her wake Auckland’s Metro social pages set are skewered with self-referential glee.

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The Jaquie Brown Diaries

2008 - 2009, As: James Coleman - Television

TV personality Jaquie Brown plays (and plays up) herself for delightful comic effect in this hit TV3 satire. Former Campbell Live reporter Brown plays an egomaniacal journalist looking to climb the media ladder any which way she can. Auckland's aspirational set: a cast of Metro social page alumni and wannabes, are skewered with self-referential glee. The second series was retitled for DVD release as The Jaquie Brown Odyssey; both series won acclaim and Best Comedy gongs at the Qantas Film and TV Awards. The Listener gushed: "A local sitcom that doesn't suck."  

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Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger

2011, Presenter - Television

With a large helping of Kiwi ingenuity and a hint of James May, broadcaster James Coleman and director Greg Page host this popular science series where they attempt to supercharge everyday objects. Aided by people who actually know what they’re doing, Page and Coleman’s targets include toasters, letterboxes, BBQs, juicers and lawnmowers. There’s a natural chemistry between the pair. At times they look like they’re having just a bit too much fun: the show might have its practical science angle but it’s also channels their inner 10-year-old boys.

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Sunrise

2007 - 2008, Presenter

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Thinking about Sleep

1999, As: Martin

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The Panel

2001 - 2002, Presenter

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Several Ways of Getting Around

1999, As: Sam

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Flashbacks

2005, Presenter

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Sex Wars

2007, Narrator