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Peter Salmon: Directing on both sides of the Tasman…

Interview – 2016

Peter Salmon is a Kiwi drama director with a trans-Tasman career. He began with a series of well-received short films: Playing Possum, Letters About the Weather, and Fog. Since then Salmon has directed a number of TV dramas in both New Zealand (Being Eve, Outrageous Fortune, This is Not My Life, Nothing Trivial); and Australia (Mr and Mrs Murder, Secrets and Lies, Offspring).

In this ScreenTalk, Salmon talks about:

  • The excitement of early screenings of his short film Playing Possum
  • Feeling clueless as a director on Being Eve
  • Thinking the short film Fog looked almost too perfect visually
  • The challenges of joining Outrageous Fortune in its fourth season
  • Creating a future world on a low budget on This is Not My Life
  • The awkwardness of directing his girlfriend Morgana O'Reilly during a sex scene on Nothing Trivial
  • Getting his break in Australia, directing on Mr and Mrs Murder
  • Feeling like a fanboy while directing episodes of Offspring
  • Being kept in the dark about ‘whodunnit’ on Secrets and Lies
This video was first uploaded on 4 July 2016, 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