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 on YouTube to embed and distribute via this Creative Commons licence.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside