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Interview – 2012

Internationally successful Kiwi film producer Finola Dwyer began her career as an editor at the National Film Unit and then moved on to editing and producing at TVNZ. Dwyer migrated over to the film industry and worked as an editor and producer. Some of the memorable New Zealand films she worked on include Came a Hot Friday, Starlight Hotel, and The Quiet Earth. In the 90s, Dwyer moved to the UK where she has made a name for herself producing films such as Backbeat, An Education and Dean Spanley.

In this ScreenTalk, Dwyer talks about:

  • Learning to edit film at the National Film Unit
  • Editing the classic short film Score with director Arthur Everard
  • How editing Country Calendar for TV was more stressful than NFU editing
  • How an unplanned visit to the beach led to Raglan by the Sea
  • Creating the quirky chat show McCormick Country
  • Having to re-record the dialogue and soundtrack for The Quiet Earth
  • How her first producing job on Queen City Rocker was a baptism by fire
  • Overcoming fear by producing the Beatles biopic Backbeat
  • Being proud of the film Dean Spanley and its cast and crew
  • Sharing teenage dating stories while co-producing An Education
  • How the film struck controversy due to its subject matter
  • Feeling blessed to be working and continuing to learn in the film industry

This video was first uploaded on 31 January 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

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