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Bryan Bruce: From Mansfield to murder...

Bryan Bruce: From Mansfield to murder...

Interviews - 2010

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Veteran producer, director, writer and presenter Bryan Bruce has made programmes on everything from Kiwi humour to mass murderers. Bruce specialises in campaigning documentaries with a social justice angle, as well as crime shows.

In this ScreenTalk, Bruce talks about:

  • Making his television debut interviewing Katherine Mansfield and Chopin, after a lucky break while playing piano in a bar
  • Mortgaging his house to make a documentary on yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, then selling it around the world in the time it took Blake to sail into Auckland harbour
  • Some similar features of the famous New Zealanders he has profiled for documentaries, including Whina Cooper, Howard Morrison and John O’Shea
  • Discovering the common traits of mass murderers for the documentary In Cold Blood
  • How he takes the unusual approach of offering his own opinion, on true-life crime series The Investigator
  • How the secret drop box for The Investigator has received much worthwhile information

This video was first uploaded on 27 January 2010, 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 – Ian Pryor. Camera and Editing – Alex Backhouse