Peter Wells, who died in February 2019, was an accomplished writer/director who explored gay and historical themes in his work. Among his screen credits are groundbreaking TV dramas Jewel’s Darl and A Death in the Family. Wells also created stylish feature Desperate Remedies with co-director Stewart Main. In later years he collaborated with Annie Goldson for documentary Georgie Girl.
In this 2014 ScreenTalk interview, Wells talked about:
- The idea for My First Suit coming from his co-director Stewart Main
- Knowing that his TV drama Jewel’s Darl would enrage people
- How actress Georgina Beyer was perfect for the role of Jewel
- Filming a scene in front of a real protest against homosexual law reform
- Having big problems with TV executives over the drama
- Why AIDS drama A Death in the Family won so many viewers
- Turning a desire to save at-risk architecture into The Mighty Civic
- How budget constraints helped give movie Desperate Remedies its distinctive style
- Having to convince the NZ Film Commission about casting choices
- Telling the story of Georgina Beyer in Georgie Girl
- Realising that queer filmmaking does have a future
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