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Interview – 2010

Funnyman actor Peter Rowley is best known for his appearances in a number of TV comedy shows including A Week of It, McPhail and Gadsby, The Billy T James Show, the self-titled Pete and Pio, with Pio Terei, and Letter to Blanchy. Rowley does, however, have a dramatic side which he has ably demonstrated in the feature films Savage Islands, Russian Snark and Netherwood.

In this ScreenTalk, Rowley talks about:

  • How A Week of It became a hit satirising politics and politicians
  • How lampooning Prime Minister Rob Muldoon made Muldoon more popular
  • Being accused of ruining the career of Bill Rowling by the politician’s daughter
  • Writing for The Billy T James Show while living with the show’s star
  • Hating the emergence of political correctness while continuing to push boundaries in comedy
  • Causing offence in a souvenir store by wearing a Nazi uniform
  • Loving working with Pio Terei in Pete and Pio
  • How Aucklanders didn’t ‘get’ Letter to Blanchy
  • Successfully begging to be in the pirate movie Savage Islands
  • The beautiful cinematography in Stephen Sinclair’s film Russian Snark
  • Overcoming personal doubts about his abilities

This video was first uploaded on 24 August 2010, 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