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Hori Ahipene: Queen of the screen...

Interview – 2009

Hori Ahipene could perhaps be described as New Zealand’s most 'diverse' actor, having played both male and female characters in TV comedies and dramas. In the 90s Ahipene gained a loyal fan base by appearing in the TV sketch shows Away Laughing, Skitz and Telly Laughs. Ahipene’s best-known gender-swapping roles were Mrs Semisi in Skitz and The Semisis, and Beverley Best in Māori Television sitcom/chat show B&B

In this ScreenTalk, Ahipene talks about:

  • His love of Skitz and the chance it gave him to become a director
  • Why hosting the 1998 Hero Parade terrified him
  • Dedicating his role in Jubilee to the memory of his father
  • How satisfying it was to work with Māori crew on TV series Mataku
  • Working with Te Radar on the sitcom/chat show B&B
  • Learning acrobatic skills on the set of fantasy Maddigan’s Quest
  • Playing transgender prostitute Angel in Outrageous Fortune
This video was first uploaded on 3 November 2009, 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