Actor/director Danny Mulheron has acted alongside drug-addicted frogs, haunted automobiles, and “force of nature” David Fane. After appearing in early Kiwi soap Close to Home, Mulheron went on to act on television, stage and film - including in the cult Peter Jackson puppet movie Meet the Feebles. In the late 80s he found himself working on both sides of the camera on a run of television sketch shows. Mulheron’s lengthy directorial CV now includes drama, comedy, and documentary.
In this ScreenTalk, Mulheron talks about:
- Working with a stuntman, while acting in Gaylene Preston’s haunted car movie Mr Wrong
- Helping write the “outrageous script” for Peter Jackson puppet movie Meet the Feebles, then filming it in a freezing railways shed (Mulheron plays a homicidal hippo)
- Working as a writer and actor on a run of sketch comedy shows for producer Dave Gibson, and beginning the move into directing
- Directing “force of nature” David Fane on shortlived comedy show The Semisis, about a dysfunctional Samoan family
- Moving into drama directing with The Strip, and The Hothouse
- Co-creating un-PC TV series Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, and finding an actor who could play Mr Gormsby, a racist, sexist schoolteacher at a low decile school
- Showing films in a different way with personal documentary The Third Richard, made with wife Sara Stretton
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Interview by Ian Pryor, Camera and Editing by Leo Guerchmann