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Gavin Strawhan: Writing the favourites...

Interview – 2011

Aussie import Gavin Strawhan is a screenwriter who has had a hand in many of our recent TV drama successes. After assisting with the set-up of Shortland Street, Strawhan then teamed with writing colleague Rachel Lang to create the drama series Jackson's Wharf, Mercy Peak, Lawless, and This is Not My Life. Strawhan has worked on Burying Brian, Go Girls, and Outrageous Fortune; and co-created the kidult drama Being Eve. He also helped develop a number of feature films such as Crooked Earth, Whale Rider, and Jubilee.

In this ScreenTalk, Strawhan talks about:

  • The difficulty in finding experienced writers at the beginning of Shortland Street
  • How bringing on writer Rachel Lang made a huge difference to the soap
  • How Shortland Street brought real Kiwi accents and characters to the small screen
  • Realising the impact writers have on a show while writing for Lawless
  • Go Girls being a show about kindness and optimism
  • How This is Not My Life was partly a critique of capitalism
  • How the finished version of Matariki was a lot more serious than the script he worked on
  • How a director’s vision differs from a writer’s vision
  • Why being a writer involves ‘fraud’
This video was first uploaded on 8 February 2011, 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

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