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Michele Fantl: On bringing her directors' visions to life...

Interview – 2016

Michele Fantl has produced a number of acclaimed telemovies, features and documentaries. Along the way, she has worked extensively with writer/directors Peter Wells, Stewart Main, Garth Maxwell and Fiona Samuel. Her screen credits include movies When Love Comes and 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous, and award-winning Katherine Mansfield tele-feature Bliss

In this ScreenTalk, Fantl talks about:

  • The difficult yet rewarding process of producing short film Twilight of the Gods
  • Filming on Rangitoto Island for her first long-form drama, One of Them!
  • Getting Rena Owen on board for Garth Maxwell’s When Love Comes
  • Dealing with negative reactions to the film in New Zealand
  • Loving the process of producing Peter Wells’ biographical film Pansy
  • The challenge of working with a child actor on 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous
  • Feeling that TV series Rude Awakenings got caught up in a game of executive musical chairs
  • Snaring Keisha Castle-Hughes for adoption tale Piece of My Heart
  • The joys of having a bigger budget for Katherine Mansfield tele-film Bliss
  • Her awe at what director Welby Ings brought to short film Munted
  • How being a producer means you're always looking forward

This video was first uploaded on 18 April 2016, 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