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Kaleidoscope - Roger Donaldson in Hollywood

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1985

In the early 1980s, director Roger Donaldson was part of a new generation of downunder screen talent, making their mark overseas. In this extended interview, the nominally Kiwi, Australian-born filmmaker talks about success, failure, famous actors, the talented Bruno Lawrence, and his big-budget remake of Mutiny on the Bounty. Donaldson describes how stateside reviews of Smash Palace paved his path to Hollywood, and talks with candour about his feisty first encounter with legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis – who invited him to take on The Bounty

One of the reasons that I looked beyond New Zealand for my filmmaking career was that there was so little happening, and that it was so difficult to make a living being a filmmaker there.
– Donaldson, on leaving New Zealand

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Kerry Fowler

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Heath Lees

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Roger Donaldson

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