Steve La Hood began directing on soap opera Close to Home, and went on to direct tele-play Swimming Lessons, Bruno Lawrence documentary Numero Bruno and episodes of Shark in the Park and Shortland Street. He also produced ground-breaking series The Marching Girls. These days he creates multimedia attractions around the globe with company Story Inc, alongside James McLean.
In this ScreenTalk, La Hood talks about:
- Finally getting a job in television, after a chance encounter in a restaurant
- The sneaky way he was given directing experience, on TVNZ soap Close to Home
- The 'approachable aura' of legendary TV producer Tony Isaac
- His belief that state television was made to feel guilty for historical epic The Governor
- Hammering out how Māori would be portrayed on The Governor, at a Tokomaru Bay marae
- Unknowingly signing on for an assassination assignment on Close to Home
- Butting heads in a male-dominated television world, while producing female-centric drama series The Marching Girls
- Deciding that the best way to make a documentary about Bruno Lawrence was to 'compartmentalise' him
- An unforgettable moment on set, while filming tele-play Swimming Lessons
- Trying to find a rental car in Lebanon for documentary I’m Taking Nana Home
- Proving he could create Golden Days, the magical junk shop at Te Papa
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