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Elizabeth McRae: Shortland St’s Marj and much more...

Elizabeth McRae: Shortland St’s Marj and much more...

Interviews - 2012

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Actor Elizabeth McRae is best known as Marj the receptionist on Shortland Street. She began her TV career in the 70s on shows such as The Games Affair. Since then she has appeared in television dramas About Face, Terry and the Gunrunners, and Go Girls. Her film credits include Jubilee and Rest for the Wicked.

In this ScreenTalk, McRae talks about:

  • Working with Rudall and Ramai Haywood in The Doll’s House
  • Horrifying temperatures during the shoot for The Games Affair
  • Playing a sympathetic aunt in ground-breaking AIDs drama A Death in the Family
  • Being accused of ‘prostituting her art’ by appearing in Shortland Street
  • Having to work closely with a bull in Jubilee
  • Playing a slightly batty Pākehā mother in Nancy Brunning’s short film Journey to Ihapa
  • The joy of working with other veteran actors in rest home comedy Rest for the Wicked
  • Acknowledging the importance of writing to the TV and film industry

This video was first uploaded on 28 August 2012, 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