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Fiona Samuel - Funny As Interview

Fiona Samuel - Funny As Interview

Interviews - 2019

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Actor turned writer/director Fiona Samuel broke from convention by putting women in the spotlight with her TV series The Marching Girls. In this Funny As interview, Samuels discusses a wide range of topics, including:

  • Writing comedy with her mother as a child, and continuing to write through high school
  • How a lack of female characters on-screen meant that she and her friends often applied for the same acting roles
  • How a male director changed the meaning of her Marching Girls script solely through the way he chose the shot and directed the actors 
  • Finding the voices for Cheeky Hobson and Pongo in hit movie Footrot Flats
  • How the comedy and “silliness” in the everyday influences her plays, radio shows and screenwriting

This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy. All audiovisual content is copyright to Augusto, and may not be reproduced. Publication of Funny As extended interviews made possible with funding from the NZ Lotteries Grants Board.