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Mark Beesley: Bringing the ‘Westies’ out of the closet…

Interview – 2013

Director and producer Mark Beesley has worked on some of New Zealand's most high profile series, including Outrageous FortuneShortland Street, The Blue Rose and The Almighty Johnsons. Beesley also worked on the big American shows Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: Legendary Journeys. He also wrote and directed the 'Westie' feature film Savage Honeymoon, which some credit as an inspiration for Outrageous Fortune.

In this ScreenTalk, Beesley talks about:

  • Loving the discipline of making fast-paced drama on Shortland Street
  • Getting a job directing on Xena despite not knowing about CGI
  • Learning that the 'star' comes first on the set of Hercules
  • How Savage Honeymoon was inspired by an American cartoon
  • Working around almost constant rain on set
  • His thoughts on whether or not the film inspired another famous 'Westie' drama
  • The ground-breaking style of Outrageous Fortune
  • How The Almighty Johnsons has created a unique type of primetime drama
This video was first uploaded on 15 July 2013, 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