Paul Gittins

Actor, Director

History enthusiast Paul Gittins devised award-winning show Epitaph. As well as hosting it, he directed episodes across three seasons. The series used gravestone epitaphs to explore stories from New Zealand history. Gittins also presented historical show Shipwreck, and directed one-off documentary My Kainga My Castle. As an actor, he did extended shifts in the early days of Shortland Street, playing clinic boss Michael McKenna (father of Angela Bloomfield's character Rachel). He also plays father to the hero in two films directed by Ian Mune: The End of the Golden Weather and The Whole of the Moon

I got this appreciation of New Zealand's history through doing this series. I realised that our history ... it was raw, it was vivid, exciting, dramatic. Paul Gittins on his television series Epitaph, in an October 2011 ScreenTalk interview with NZ On Screen

Interview

Paul Gittins: From TV doctor to TV director...

Interview, 2011

Bloopers - Shortland Street

2018, As: Michael McKenna - Television

Shortland Street - Past Memories

2017, Subject - Web

Aftermath

2013, Narrator - Television

Harry

2013, As: David Bell - Television

Aftermath - Triumph of the City (Episode Five)

2013, Narrator - Television

Flat3

2013, As: Paul - Web

After the Waterfall

2010, As: Sergeant Kelvin - Film

Murder on the Blade?

2003, As: Crown Prosecutor - Television

The Truth about Tangiwai

2002, Narrator - Television

Shipwreck

2000, Presenter - Television

My Kainga My Castle

2000, Director, Writer, Research - Television

Shipwreck - The Tragedy of the Boyd

2000, Presenter - Television

Shipwreck - The Wreck of the Orpheus

2000, Presenter - Television

Epitaph - An Unforgeable Signature

1999, Director, Writer, Presenter, Executive Producer, Original Concept - Television

Epitaph

1997 - 2002, Director, Presenter, Writer, Original Concept - Television

Epitaph - Last Man Hanged

1997, Original Concept, Presenter, Executive Producer - Television

City Life

1996 - 1998, As: John Gable - Television

City Life - First Episode

1996, As: John Gable - Television

The Whole of the Moon

1996, As: Alex Mead - Film

Trifecta

1995, As: Henry Bennett - Television

Shortland Street - Kirsty and Lionel's wedding

1994, As: Doctor Michael McKenna - Television

Shortland Street

1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1999, As: Dr Michael McKenna - Television

Shortland Street - First Episode

1992, As: Michael McKenna - Television

First Hand - Bowling Order

1992, Narrator - Television

First Hand - Changing Minds

1992, Narrator - Television

First Hand - Just Like Anyone Else

1992, Narrator - Television

First Hand - Mahurangi Day

1992, Narrator - Television

First Hand - Out of Work

1992, Narrator - Television

First Hand - Paradise Lost

1992, Narrator - Television

First Hand - Running the Rubbish

1992, Narrator - Television

First Hand - Sister to the Sinner

1992, Narrator - Television

Shortland Street - Highlights from the first 15 years

1992 - 2007, As: Doctor Michael McKenna - Television

You Make the Whole World Smile

1992, Performer - Music video

The End of the Golden Weather

1991, As: Dad - Film

The Boy from Andromeda - The Guardian

1990, As: Ralph - Television

The Shadow Trader (Part One)

1989, As: Colin Dresden - Television

The Shadow Trader (Part Two)

1989, As: Colin Dresden - Television

Hotshotz

1989, As: Brian Fraser - Television

Steel Riders - Bloodstones (First Episode)

1987, As: Councillor Coucy - Television

A Death in the Family

1986, As: Cal - Television

Pioneer Women - Princess Te Puea

1983, As: Roy Seccombe - Television

Close to Home

1982 -1983, Actor - Television