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Bruce Allpress: A Kiwi character...

Interview – 2012

Veteran actor Bruce Allpress, who died in April 2020, had a long career in theatre, film and television. His television credits included Close to Home, Hanlon, Shark in the Park, and the lead role in series Jocko. His many film appearances included The Piano and Rest for the Wicked.

In this ScreenTalk conducted in 2011, Allpress talked about:

  • Getting a dressing down from a producer on the set of Close to Home
  • How being ‘laconic’ at his audition got him the lead role in Jocko
  • Having to learn how to use a bullwhip in four days for the show
  • How the character of Jocko was a quintessential New Zealand character
  • What happened when his mate Ian Mune lost control of a horse on set
  • Getting the role of Sparky on Mortimer’s Patch by removing his teeth
  • Almost wrecking a camera while riding a quad bike on Duggan
  • Finding The Piano an odd film to be in
  • Not really understanding his role in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Acting with his "over 60s mates" in comedy mystery Rest for the Wicked
  • His feeling that the best has yet to come in his career

This video was first uploaded on 8 February 2012, 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