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Richard S Long: A lifetime of shooting pictures…

Interview – 2016

Veteran cameraman Richard S Long has captured images everywhere from Singapore to the Southern Alps. Long's career began by shooting news for TVNZ in the mid 1970s. He then moved on to filming lifestyle and drama programmes like Heroes and Holiday. Long also did extended time directing commercials in Asia, before returning home and writing and directing his first feature Not for Children.

In this ScreenTalk, Long talks about:

  • Feeling nervous during his early days filming news in the 1970s
  • How former Prime Minister Keith Holyoake shared something bizarrely intimate on camera 
  • Being horrified by what he saw while working on Springbok Tour doco Patu!
  • The use of ‘cover vans’ while doing covert filming for Fair Go
  • Re-enacting a major truck crash for Heroes
  • Filming from the bonnet of a moving car for the same series
  • Literally going of a cliff while filming documentary seris The New Zealand Wars
  • How an article on global crime inspired his feature film Not for Children 
  • Using locations in Auckland to depict London and Libya
  • Hoping to take the film to Cannes
This video was first uploaded on 22 February 2016, 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