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Rachel House: From Whale Rider to White Lies…

Interview – 2013

Rachel House is an accomplished theatre actor and director, but she has also established a strong screen career, beginning with gritty roles in Tiger Country and Queenie and Pete. Since then she has played both comedic and dramatic parts in a string of high profile movies, including Whale RiderHunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy.

In this ScreenTalk, House talks about:

  • Playing an abused wife in tele-movie Tiger Country
  • Feeling out of her comfort zone with a lead role in Queenie and Pete
  • How Whale Rider was one of her favourite film experiences
  • Being fascinated watching director Niki Caro and cinematographer Leon Narbey at work
  • Hoping she solved problems on TV advice show Ask Your Auntie
  • Appreciating the humour and story of Eagle vs Shark
  • Being both acting coach and an actor in Boy
  • Having an intense experience on the set of White Lies
  • Loving working with director Gaylene Preston on Hope and Wire
  • Dealing with the grief stirred up by the series
This video was first uploaded on 1 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