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Jackie van Beek: On the importance of chaos in filmmaking...

Interview – 2018

Jackie van Beek is an actor, director and writer who first honed her storytelling skills in theatre. She has acted in a variety of television and film roles, and directed several award-winning short films. In 2017 van Beek directed her first feature film The Inland Road, then co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in hit comedy The Breaker Upperers, with Madeleine Sami.

In this ScreenTalk, van Beek talks about:

  • Losing confidence in her acting on Shortland Street
  • How being a clown led to her first short film One Shoe Short
  • Thriving amidst the on-set chaos of What We Do in the Shadows
  • Feeling blissful directing her feature film The Inland Road
  • Co-directing The Breaker Upperers with Madeleine Sami
  • Managing their on-set relationship, and their lack of ego
  • Why she is proud of the film
  • The dream job of directing on What We Do in the Shadows spin-off Wellington Paranormal
This video was first uploaded on 25 June 2018, 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