Produced by South Pacific Pictures for TV2, serial drama Shortland Street has screened for more than 30 years since its birth in 1992. It has won awards, sold internationally and become a part of the New Zealand landscape and pop culture. A who's who of New Zealand acting talent, writers, directors and producers have worked on it.
In this special edition of ScreenTalk, some of the show's stalwarts reflect on their Shortland St days, and on the show's importance to NZ and our screen industry.
Those interviewed include:
I think that people were quite unused to hearing New Zealand accents, and also because it had quite a lot of young people in it, I think it was the first time that some people had actually heard genuine Kiwi accents on the tele. We're talking early days really, before the rise of reality television– Storyliner Rachel Lang on negative public reaction to Kiwi accents in the early days of Shortland Street