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Lisa Taouma: Bringing Pasifika flavour to television...

Interview – 2015

Producer/director Lisa Taouma cut her teeth on long-running Pacific magazine show Tagata Pasifika. She is the driving force behind popular PI youth show Fresh, and has made a number of documentaries on Samoan culture. More recently Taouma has been involved in online venture The Coconet.

In this ScreenTalk, Taouma talks about:

  • How her parents' interracial relationship fed into her one-off TV drama Tala Pasifika - Brown Sugar
  • Tala Pasifika - Talk of the Town being inspired by the legendary Cindy of Samoa
  • How persistence got her a job as a reporter on Tagata Pasifika
  • Feeling lucky to have had the chance to produce coverage of Polyfest
  • Seeing Oscar Kightley-presented documentary Otara Market win a primetime slot
  • Exploring her fascination with tattoo in Maesina Samoa: Stories of the Malu
  • The satisfaction of seeing her show Fresh connect with its audience 
  • The joy of creating, and controlling, the online hit that is The Coconet
This video was first uploaded on 7 July 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