Fiona Samuel has found success as an actor, writer and director. Her first acting job was in long-running soap Close to Home, and she followed that with a range of roles. Samuel’s greatest passion, however, is for writing and directing. She was the creative force behind pioneering female-centric series The Marching Girls, and has written for Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons and Interrogation. Samuel also wrote and directed award-winning dramas Piece of My Heart, and Bliss: The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield.
In this ScreenTalk, Samuel talks about:
- Being too theatrical while acting on soap Close to Home
- Creating The Marching Girls
- Learning about scriptwriting while working on the show
- Adding a prostitute to Fiona Farrell's original short story, for TV film Home Movie
- How a surprising statistic led her to create the documentary Virginity
- The decade it took to get Piece of My Heart funded
- Finding the powerhouse cast
- Bringing a fresh yet authentic feel to Bliss
- Wishing for even more opportunities in her career
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