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Kerry Warkia: Making an impact in online series...

Interview – 2015

Kerry Warkia started her career as an actress, but is increasingly making a name for herself as a successful producer in the web world. She is the producer of Auckland Daze, Flat3, and Nia’s Extra Ordinary Life. Warkia and her husband Kiel McNaughton run production company Brown Sugar Apple Grunt, and are two of the key creative forces behind hit Māori Television show Find Me a Māori Bride.

In this ScreenTalk, Warkia talks about:

  • How finding it tough to find acting work led to her successful producing career 
  • Being given a chance to contribute to the story while acting in 2005 horror movie Hidden 
  • The 'terrifying and wonderful' experience of producing Auckland Daze
  • How complaining about a character got her an acting role in the show
  • Making Halloween special End of Daze in 15 days
  • Being proud of having three strong Kiwi Asian women in online comedy Flat3
  • Deliberately not providing all the answers on  children's web series Nia’s Extra Ordinary Life
  • Wanting to play with the reality genre with hit comedy series Find Me a Māori Bride
  • The show's dream cast
  • Seeing feature films and comedy at the heart of her future endeavours
This video was first uploaded on 31 August 2015, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside