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Peter Elliott: Glossy beginnings and a distinguished career...

Interview – 2009

Actor Peter Elliott’s career has spanned theatre, television film and radio. His screen credits include playing Rex on Gloss, Doctor David Kearney on Shortland Street, and lawyer Murray Gibson on TV movie Until Proven Innocent. As well as TV drama, Elliott has fronted and narrated a range of documentary TV series: Captain’s Log, Explorers, Frontier of Dreams and Secret New Zealand.

In this ScreenTalk, Elliott talks about:

  • The popularity of high camp soap Gloss
  • Trying to negotiate becoming a ‘star’ thanks to the show, and having to pretend he was single
  • How he felt burned out and burned by four years on Shortland Street
  • Why he thinks male characters got a rough deal on the soap
  • How being invited to host Captain’s Log provided a vital boost to his morale
  • The confronting experience of visiting Kenya for Intrepid Journeys
  • The "exceptional" performance of his Until Proven Innocent co-star Cohen Holloway
  • Making a move into directing
This video was first uploaded on 15 September 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