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Aileen O’Sullivan: The journey from in-front-of to behind the camera…

Aileen O’Sullivan: The journey from in-front-of to behind the camera…

Interviews - 2017

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Aileen O’Sullivan has a significant screen pedigree, from acting to directing, producing and – most importantly – storytelling. Her work ranges from Gloss and The Billy T James Show to Holiday and The Great New Zealand Showdown specials. Under her production company Seannachie Productions,  O'Sullivan's has helmed a number of well received documentaries including Witi Ihimaera, Black Grace – From Cannon’s Creek to Jacob’s Pillow, Life’s a Riot and Ngaio Marsh – Crime Queen.

In this ScreenTalk, O’Sullivan talks about:

  • The excitement of acting in TV epic The Governor
  • Learning the directing ropes on over the top supersoap Gloss
  • Loving working with the talented Billy T James
  • Creating "hell" for host Gary McCormick on travel show Holiday
  • How The Great New Zealand Showdown specials fostered debate
  • Writer Witi Ihimaera sharing personal perspectives in documentary Witi
  • Capturing Neil Ieremia's dance group in New York for Black Grace – From Cannon’s Creek to Jacob’s Pillow
  • Using whimsy to tell the story of maverick union leader Jim Edwards in Life’s a Riot
  • Bringing author Ngaio Marsh to life with help from Peter Elliott in documentary Ngaio Marsh – Crime Queen
  • The power of stories to effect change

This video was first uploaded on 24 January 2017, 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