Interview

Catherine Saunders: On generous figures, genuine advice, and gyms...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Catherine Saunders has worked in both broadcasting and public relations. She began as a radio announcer in 1961 and produced a number of documentaries, before crossing over to television. In the mid 60s, Saunders  reported for Town and Around (she was paid half the amount of the male reporters). Later she spent 12 years as a panelist on Beauty and the Beast, and hosted chat show Tonight with Cathy Saunders. In the 90s, Saunders co-hosted 50 Forward, a show aimed at older viewers.

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ScreenTalk Short: Hori Ahipene

Interview, Camera and Editing - Andrew Whiteside

Hori Ahipene has acted in both drama and comedy, as well as hosted a chat show while dressed as a woman. Ahipene began appearing in comedy shows Away LaughingSkitz and The Semisis in the 1990s, although his first screen role was in drama Undercover.

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Jesse Griffin - Funny As Interview

Jesse Griffin is probably best known for Wilson Dixon.

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Ray Woolf: From Pop-a-Long to King Kong...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Veteran entertainer Ray Woolf has appeared on television and film as a pop singer, song and dance man, TV host and actor. Starting out as a singer, Woolf made a splash on television in the swinging 60s music shows C’mon and Happen Inn. His career took an unusual direction when he turned up as co-host on the long-running children’s show Play School. Showing his versatility as a performer, Woolf also hosted his self-titled chat show The Ray Woolf Show, and has appeared in a number of TV dramas such as Xena, Marlin Bay, Street Legal, The Strip, and Nothing Trivial.

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Max Cryer - Funny As Interview

Purveyor of good grammar and master of words, Max Cryer has had an extensive career in the New Zealand entertainment industry.

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Hori Ahipene: Queen of the screen...

Interview, Camera and Editing - Andrew Whiteside

Hori Ahipene could perhaps be described as New Zealand’s most 'diverse' actor, having played both male and female characters in TV comedies and dramas. In the 90s Ahipene gained a loyal fan base by appearing in the TV sketch shows Away Laughing, Skitz and Telly Laughs. Ahipene’s best-known gender-swapping roles were Mrs Semisi in Skitz and The Semisis, and Beverley Best in Māori Television sitcom/chat show B&B

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Debbie Dorday - Funny As Interview

Debbie Dorday is best known for her cabaret shows, where she performed as both a dancer and a comedian.

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Finola Dwyer: An education in production...

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside

Internationally successful Kiwi film producer Finola Dwyer began her career as an editor at the National Film Unit and then moved on to editing and producing at TVNZ. Dwyer migrated over to the film industry and worked as an editor and producer. Some of the memorable New Zealand films she worked on include Came a Hot Friday, Starlight Hotel, and The Quiet Earth. In the 90s, Dwyer moved to the UK where she has made a name for herself producing films such as Backbeat, An Education and Dean Spanley.