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James Griffin: Getting serious about Kiwi comedy...

James Griffin: Getting serious about Kiwi comedy...

Interviews - 2014

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Scriptwriter and playwright James Griffin has been writing for most of his life. Since becoming a scriptwriter in the 1980s Griffin has written many of New Zealand’s most well known and best loved TV shows (including co-creating Outrageous Fortune) as well as the feature film Sione's Wedding.

In this ScreenTalk, Griffin talks about:

  • His love of writing from an early age but his desire to be a TV director
  • Getting 'side-tracked' into script editing and learning the mechanics of how a script works
  • The popularity of Gloss and blending comedy and drama
  • His surprise that the TV drama City Life flopped
  • The rollercoaster ride that is Outrageous Fortune and when its run should end
  • Criticism of NZ comedy
  • What it takes to make a 'hit' TV show

This video was first uploaded on 13 January 2014, 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