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Jennifer Ward-Lealand: From child star to accomplished actress...

Jennifer Ward-Lealand: From child star to accomplished actress...

Interviews - 2009

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Celebrated actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand began her career as a child and made her screen debut on Paul Maunder-directed Gone Up North for a While aged nine. In her teens she played rebellious Jan in soap opera Close to Home, attended drama school, and on venturing into the professional world, started winning roles, including TV series Seekers, with Temuera Morrision. Her film roles include the colonial glamour drama Desperate Remedies.

In this ScreenTalk, Ward-Lealand talks about:

  • Playing rebellious teenager Jan on Close to Home
  • Her experience in theatre, including with innovative 1980s theatre company Theatre Corporate
  • Working with Temuera Morrison on the 1980s television drama Seekers
  • Acting in Gregor Nicholas's About Face drama Danny and Raewyn
  • Appreciating working with acclaimed cinematographer Leon Narbey on The Footstep Man
  • The extraordinary experience of working on Desperate Remedies, wearing the lavish costumes, and working with Kevin Smith
  • Working in Australia in the early 1990s on the sketch comedy series Full Frontal, after the producers had seen her performing with The Front Lawn
  • Loving the creativity of working on Larry Parr’s Fracture
  • Filming Interrogation
  • Meeting her husband, fellow actor Michael Hurst, and later working together on Hercules and Xena
  • Her theatre shows reprising Marlene Dietrich songs and cabaret classics

This video was first uploaded on 21 March 2009, 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 - Clare O'Leary. Camera and Editing - Leo Guerchmann