Mike Minogue has played a lot of policemen. Although his screen debut in 2009 movie Separation City saw him cast as a fireman, he's played cops in TV movies How To Murder Your WifeDoubt: The Scott Watson Case, and Rage — which saw him getting nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2012 NZ TV Awards. After a small role as a gormless police officer in hit vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows, Minogue got to reprise the role when he co-starred in spin-off series Wellington Paranormal. He is also the creator of The Watercooler, an anthology web series reenacting real life stories sent in by viewers.

Minogue and O'Leary prove to be masters of both deadpan delivery ("If we identify a UFO, does that mean it's an FO?") and physical comedy, while the situations are both saleably universal and magnificently Kiwi. As Minogue so brilliantly puts it, "I don't care if you from another planet – you come to New Zealand, you respect our rules". Stuff reviewer James Croot on Wellington Paranormal, 11 July 2018


2018, As: The Husband - Short Film

Coming Home In The Dark

2018, Producer - Film

Wellington Paranormal

2018 - 2019, As: Officer Minogue - Television

Doubt: The Scott Watson Case

2016, As: Detective T - Television

Calliope Bay

2016, Producer - Short Film


2016, Producer - Short Film


2016, Producer - Short Film

Tell Me You Love Me

2016, Producer - Short Film

The Watercooler

2016 - 2018, Director, Writer, Producer, As: Various roles - Web

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

2016, As: Joe - Film

Taika Waititi's fourth feature is the tale of a city kid and a grumpy uncle on the run. Raised on hip hop and state care, Ricky (Shopping's Julian Dennison) goes bush with his foster uncle (Sam Neill). The authorities are on their tail. In this excerpt, the pair get caught, and s**t gets real. Wilderpeople is based on Barry Crump book Wild Pork and Watercress. Keen to recapture the style of classic screen yarns like Came a Hot Friday, Waititi's aim was a funny, accessible adventure. The result won acclaim almost everywhere it went, and became New Zealand's biggest ever local hit. 

What We Do in the Shadows

2014, As: Officer Minogue - Film

Boy director Taika Waititi teams up with his Eagle vs Shark star Jemaine Clement to present this bloody comedy about the travails of a flat of vampires. Reality TV-style cameras tag the vamps as they struggle to get into Courtenay Place nightclubs, squabble over chores and face off werewolves. A roster of Kiwi comedic talent (including Jonathan Brugh and Rhys Darby) feature. After winning fangtastic reviews at America's Sundance and SXSW festivals, Shadows won a run of global sales, local success and four Moa awards, including Best Self-Funded Feature.

Can You Hear Me Now?

2014, As: Mike - Short Film

How to Murder Your Wife

2014, As: Detective 'Nervous' Burgess - Television

Street Hospital

2013 - 2016, Narrator - Television

The God Painter

2013, As: Richard - Short Film

Woodville (Episode Two)

2013, As: The Reporter - Web

The tables are turned in the second episode of this online comedy as Sid (Byron Coll) get tongue-tied while being interviewed about being a sexy new doco maker. Sid exhorts his fellow residents to star in a recreation of the town’s battle against a Belgian petrochemical corporation, but actor Molly (Gentiane Lupi) takes direction a bit too enthusiastically. Don Longridge deadpans as deaf Mr Baker, whose fart gag permeates a pair of near wordless scenes with Sid and Bella (Vanessa Stacey). Woodville was selected for London’s Raindance Festival in 2013.

The Catch

2012, As: John - Short Film


2011, As: Inspector Ted James - Television

TV movie Rage recreates the 1981 Springbok tour, which saw violent clashes between protestors and police. Ryan O'Kane (Second Hand Wedding) plays the protestor whose girlfriend (Maria Walker) is actually an undercover cop who has infiltrated the anti-tour movement. The script was written by Tom Scott — who protested, in-between writing a humour column in The Listener — and his brother-in-law Grant O'Fee, who was a detective sergeant in Wellington. Rage was nominated for five NZ TV Awards, including Best One-Off Drama, Director (Danny Mulheron) and Actor (O'Kane).

Separation City

2009, As: Errol the Fireman - Film

Separation City is a comedy-drama about the complications that ensue as two marriages collapse. Men's groups and midlife crises in contemporary Wellington make up the world in which the multi-national cast explores, in screenwriter Tom Scott's words, "biology and human nature". This feature marks the first solo film script by political cartoonist Scott, who honed his writing skills on a run of TV projects during the two-decade journey to bring the film to the screen. Successful commercials director, Australian-based Kiwi Paul Middleditch, directs.