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Kate Elliott: Katherine Mansfield, Shortland Street, and more...

Kate Elliott: Katherine Mansfield, Shortland Street, and more...

Interviews - 2011

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Kate Elliott began her life on screen after attending an audition at school. Since winning that role - as a bulimic, sexually abused, self-mutilating teenager in House of Sticks - Elliott has starred in many of New Zealand’s major television productions including Street Legal, The Insiders Guide to Love, The Cult, Shortland Street, and played Katherine Mansfield in tele-feature Bliss. Her film credits include Toy Love, The Locals, and Fracture.

In this ScreenTalk, Elliott talks about:

  • Why she chose to be an actor
  • How she began her screen career at age 14
  • Making out with Madeleine Sami while wearing a school uniform in the Harry Sinclair production Pale Blue
  • Her experiences on TV series Street Legal
  • How strippers at Mermaids taught her how to act while under water in Toy Love
  • Using what she learned on Toy Love for under water scenes in Bliss
  • Her character in The Insiders Guide To Love
  • Appearing in the Whittaker’s chocolate TV commercials
  • Playing Katherine Mansfield for the first time in An Indiscreet Journey and how her character differed from the Katherine Mansfield in Bliss
  • Juggling a new baby and her role in The Cult
  • The fight to land her leading role in Bliss
  • The unique skills involved in working on Shortland Street

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

Interview, Camera & Editing - James Coleman