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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

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Interview

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

Interview, 2011

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Bloopers - Shortland Street

2018, As: Michael McKenna - Television

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Shortland Street - Past Memories

2017, Subject - Web

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Aftermath

2013, Narrator - Television

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Harry

2013, As: David Bell - Television

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Aftermath - Triumph of the City (Episode Five)

2013, Narrator - Television

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Flat3

2013, As: Paul - Web

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After the Waterfall

2010, As: Sergeant Kelvin - Film

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Murder on the Blade?

2003, As: Crown Prosecutor - Television

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The Truth about Tangiwai

2002, Narrator - Television

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Shipwreck

2000, Presenter - Television

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My Kainga My Castle

2000, Director, Writer, Research - Television

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Shipwreck - The Tragedy of the Boyd

2000, Presenter - Television

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Shipwreck - The Wreck of the Orpheus

2000, Presenter - Television

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Epitaph - An Unforgeable Signature

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

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Epitaph

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

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Epitaph - Last Man Hanged

1997, Original Concept, Presenter, Executive Producer - Television

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City Life

1996 - 1998, As: John Gable - Television

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City Life - First Episode

1996, As: John Gable - Television

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The Whole of the Moon

1996, As: Alex Mead - Film

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Trifecta

1995, As: Henry Bennett - Television

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Shortland Street - Kirsty and Lionel's wedding

1994, As: Doctor Michael McKenna - Television

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Shortland Street

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

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Shortland Street - First Episode

1992, As: Michael McKenna - Television

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First Hand - Bowling Order

1992, Narrator - Television

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First Hand - Changing Minds

1992, Narrator - Television

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First Hand - Just Like Anyone Else

1992, Narrator - Television

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First Hand - Mahurangi Day

1992, Narrator - Television

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First Hand - Out of Work

1992, Narrator - Television

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First Hand - Paradise Lost

1992, Narrator - Television

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First Hand - Running the Rubbish

1992, Narrator - Television

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First Hand - Sister to the Sinner

1992, Narrator - Television

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Shortland Street - Highlights from the first 15 years

1992 - 2007, As: Doctor Michael McKenna - Television

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You Make the Whole World Smile

1992, Performer - Music video

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The End of the Golden Weather

1991, As: Dad - Film

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The Boy from Andromeda - The Guardian

1990, As: Ralph - Television

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The Shadow Trader (Part One)

1989, As: Colin Dresden - Television

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The Shadow Trader (Part Two)

1989, As: Colin Dresden - Television

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Hotshotz

1989, As: Brian Fraser - Television

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Steel Riders - Bloodstones (First Episode)

1987, As: Councillor Coucy - Television

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A Death in the Family

1986, As: Cal - Television

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Pioneer Women - Princess Te Puea

1983, As: Roy Seccombe - Television

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Close to Home

1982 -1983, Actor - Television