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Will Hall: On goodies, baddies and a dodgy Aussie...

Interview – 2011

Will Hall fell into a screen career by accident after hanging out with filmmakers at Lincoln University - an unlikely scenario given his study towards a commerce degree. Since then, Hall has forged a career both in front of and behind the camera. Hall’s introduction to trans-Tasman film work had some teething problems, but on returning to NZ he landed a key role in The Insiders Guide to Happiness. Roles in Eagle vs Shark, Shortland Street and tele-feature Bloodlines followed, as well as Underbelly - Land of the Long Green Cloud and Nothing Trivial. Hall also co-produced and acted in his own feature film Netherwood, described as NZ's first modern day western thriller.

In this ScreenTalk, Hall talks about:

  • His earliest experiences with filmmaking at university
  • Being cast in Australian feature Fat Pizza
  • Troubles with his first Australian agent
  • How he landed his role in The Insiders Guide to Happiness
  • Breaking expensive props on Eagle vs Shark
  • His role as a pot smoking, skateboarding doctor on Shortland Street
  • Producing and acting in feature film Netherwood, NZ's first modern day western thriller
  • How he approached his role as Detective Roberts in Bloodlines
  • Insights into his portrayal of Greg Ollard in Underbelly - Land of the Long Green Cloud
  • Violent public reaction to his character in Nothing Trivial
This video was first uploaded on 23 November 2011, 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 - James Coleman