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Ginette McDonald

Actor, Producer

Although Ginette McDonald's career is most associated with the gormless, vowel-mangling girl-from-the-suburbs: Lynn of Tawa, she is a woman of many parts. Alongside an extensive acting and presenting career, her work as producer and director spans three decades, and includes Shark in the ParkPeppermint Twist, and kidult series The Fire-Raiser.

[Comedy] teeters dangerously between poignancy and laughter. It sort of sucks away the sadness. Sometimes the most tragic things make you laugh. Ginette McDonald, in her interview for 2019 TV series Funny As: The Story of NZ Comedy

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Interview

Ginette McDonald - Funny As Interview

Interview, 2019

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Interview

Ginette McDonald: Fires, nymphomaniacs and Lynn of Tawa...

Interview, 2010

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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

2019, Subject - Television

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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy (series promo)

2019, Subject - Television

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Rage

2011, As: Rhonda - Television

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Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon and other stories

2010, Subject - Film

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Darryn Exists

2010, As: Vivienne Elbackery - Short Film

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Subject - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 6 - A Sense of Identity

2010, Subject - Television

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Separation City

2009, As: Marriage Celebrant - Film

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Rocked the Nation

2008 - 2011, Subject - Television

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Doves of War

2006, As: Rosa Falcone - Television

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Doves of War - First Episode

2006, As: Rosa Falcone - Television

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Who Laughs Last

2006, Producer - Television

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New Zild - The Story of New Zealand English

2005, As: Lynn of Tawa - Television

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William Shatner's A Twist in the Tale

1998, As: Gypsy Rose - Television

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Kiwiana

1996, Subject - Television

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Once a Convent Girl

1995, Subject - Television

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Dead Certs

1995, As: Martha - Television

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Face Value - A Real Dog

1995, Producer - Television

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Face Value - Her New Life

1995, Producer, As: Steph - Television

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Face Value - House Rules

1995, Producer - Television

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Lynn of Tawa - In Search of the Great New Zealand Male

1994, As: Lynn of Tawa - Television

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Dilemmas

1993 - 1994, Panelist - Television

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Dilemmas - 3 December 1993

1993, Panelist - Television

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Joyful and Triumphant

1993, Producer - Television

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The Best of The Billy T James Collection

1992, Compilation Producer - Television

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The Billy T James Collection - Episode Four

1992, Producer - Television

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Shark in the Park - Lamb to the Slaughter (Series One, Episode Three)

1989, Director - Television

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The Champion - Yankee Soldier

1989, Producer - Television

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Space Knights - The Golden Knight (First Episode)

1989, As: Lady Guinevere Galaxy - Television

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Magic Kiwis

1989 - 1991, Subject - Television

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The Champion

1989, Producer - Television

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Shark in the Park

1988 - 1991, Director - Television

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Peppermint Twist

1987, Creator, Producer - Television

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Peppermint Twist - Let's Limbo Some More

1987, Producer, Creator - Television

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The Fire-Raiser - Kitty Plays the Piano (Episode Three)

1986, Producer - Television

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Open House

1986 - 1987, Director - Television

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The Fire-Raiser

1986, Producer - Television

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Country GP

1984 - 1985, Director - Television

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Pioneer Women - Ettie Rout

1983, Director - Television

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Pioneer Women

1983 - 1990, As: Hera Ngoungou, Director - Television

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Pioneer Women - Hera Ngoungou

1983, As: Hera Ngoungou - Television

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Rabbiter's Rest

1983 - 1985, Director - Television

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Royal Variety Performance Show 1981

1981, As: Lynn of Tawa - Television

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Gliding On

1981 - 1985, Producer, Director - Television

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The Deep End - The Captain's Play

1980, Actor - Television

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Good Day

1979 - 1980, As: Lynn of Tawa - Television

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All Things Being Equal - 22 September 1978 Episode

1978, As: Kate - Television

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Close to Home

1975 - 1983, As: Shirley Paget, Director - Television

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Ready to Roll

1975 - 2001, Director - Television

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Pukemanu

1971 - 1972, As: Diana Thorpe - Television

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Pukemanu - Pukemanu Welcomes You

1971, As: Diana Thorpe - Television