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Bruce Morrison: Heartland, poetry and liquor bottles…

Interview – 2013

Bruce Morrison's career as a producer, director and writer has brought some memorable New Zealand stories to the screen. He has been involved in a number of arts shows such as Kaleidoscope and Profiles, as well as poetry documentaries The Roaring 40's Tour and The Road to Jerusalem. Morrison directed the feature films Constance, Shaker Run and Queen City Rocker, and was a long-time director on Gary McCormick's iconic Heartland documentary series.

In this ScreenTalk, Morrison talks about: 

  • Getting funding for his Profiles series of art documentaries
  • How a collection of old liquor bottles lead to the film Constance
  • Learning to direct action films from the car chase scenes on Shaker Run
  • Making Queen City Rocker a musical film without ‘breaking into song’
  • Having an initially low opinion of Raglan by the Sea
  • Creating a fake living room for McCormick Country
  • How the show Heartland gave rural life a voice
  • Bringing poetry and imagery together in The Roaring 40's Tour
  • His favourite moment in The Roaring 40's documentary
  • How being appalled by settler history led to Bastion Point — The Untold Story

This video was first uploaded on 4 March 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