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Benedict Wall set to play Alf Stewart’s son on ‘Home and Away’

Taken from NZ Herald.

New Zealand-born actor Benedict Wall has picked up the role of Duncan Stewart on Home and Away.

Reprising the role of Alf Stewart's son, Wall says he can't wait to be a part of the show.

"It had always been on my radar and when you're young, the shows you see every day are definitely the ones that you aspire to be a part of."


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Angela Zhou talks ‘Hell on Wheels’ with NZ Herald

Taken from NZ Herald, by Ben Hill.

A young Kiwi actress is planning her next Hollywood move after going through a gender-swapping twist in a US television show.

Angela Zhou is one of the main stars of the fifth and final series of hit American show Hell on Wheels - screening in New Zealand on Soho.

Her role on the Emmy-nominated show - which takes place during the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s - has been a rollercoaster ride. She played a Chinese girl disguised as a boy to get work on the railroad.

In the final series she abandons her disguise and becomes the main love interest of the star, played by Anson Mount. The 24-year-old told the Herald on Sunday she had more auditions lined up in the US.


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Erik Thomson wins at 2016 Logie Awards

Taken from ScreeNZ.

At Sunday evening’s Logie bash in Australia, Erik Thomson won the Best Actor award for his work on 800 Words.

It was the show’s only win from its nominations, missing out on Best Drama Programme, Most Outstanding Drama Series, and Best New Talent (Benson Jack Anthony – pictured, top, on right).

Also nominated for Logies but missing out were Kiwi actors Emily Barclay and Sam Neill. Barclay was up for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on Glitch, Neill for Most Outstanding Actor for House of Hancock.


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48Hours 2016 Update

Hi All,

Firstly I want to apologise for keeping everyone in the dark regarding dates for this years competition. We've not gone 'troppo' on you.

There's been some dull administration reasons for the delay in announcing the dates that have been unavoidable. I really hate not being able to lock in a date in advance and I know many of you feel the same way.

All of which means we won't be having the 48 weekend during May this year. We're going to have to move it til later in the year and this is where we need your (and teams) help. If you could take one minute to answer some simple questions on this link attached, it would really help us a lot in nailing down the comp for this later year.

Please SHARE this post with anyone you know who would like to be involved in 48HOURS as well.

Thank you for your undying patience,

Ant TIMPSON
Chief Banana


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Madam Black wins at French Film Festival

Taken from Stuff.co.nz

A New Zealand short film about a dead cat seemingly gallivanting across the globe has won an award at the world's largest short film festival.

Madam Black took out the Prix Du Public, or Audience Award, at the Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival in France over the weekend.

The film has also won a number of awards at festivals across Europe and the US, and the audience choice award at the New Zealand International Film Festival last year.

It tells the story of a photographer who kills a child's cat, but doesn't have the heart to tell her.

Instead, he poses the taxidermy feline in front of backdrops in his studio, and gives the girl postcards from her pet, outlining its apparent adventures.


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‘What We Do in the Shadows’ sequel in the works

Taken from the NZ Herald.

A spin-off film centred around werewolves is in the works to follow cult comedy vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.

Kiwi director and writer, Taika Waititi says his next project after finishing Thor: Ragnarok will be the spin-off We're Wolves.

Co-writer and director, Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame is also on board.

"Jemaine (Clement) and I are trying to write a werewolf spin-off, yeah, so that will most likely be the next thing," he told Crave Online. "It's going to be called We're Wolves, like We are wolves. We're Wolves."

No word yet on what the plot will entail and whether any of the werewolves - which included Rhys Darby - from the first movie will make a comeback.


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Bullet Heart Club celebrate as Daffodils becomes feature film

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christianson.

A tiny Auckland theatre company is celebrating after learning its debut show will be made into a movie.

Bullet Heart Club, started by Rochelle Bright and Kitan Petkovski in 2013, will develop Daffodils, which is inspired by true events, into a feature film with Emmy award-winning production company, Wellington's KHF Media.

A cabaret-style musical, Daffodils features iconic New Zealand songs from Crowded House, Bic Runga, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn and The Mint Chicks. It tells the story of playwright Bright's parents who met in Hamilton in the 1960s.

Silver Scroll winner LIPS (Stephanie Brown and Fen Ikner) and musician Abraham Kunin remixed and reimagined the pop-rock music that shaped the romance of Bright's parents.


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Amanda Billing talks to NZ On Screen about her time on Shortland Street

Taken from NZ On Screen.

Amanda Billing played the "neurotic, belligerent but deeply sensitive" Doctor Sarah Potts on Shortland Street for 10 years. Billing felt devastated when the beloved character died on the soap, but it gave her the impetus to pursue other work. She has gone on to act in acclaimed comedy Find Me a Māori Bride and sci-fi children’s drama The Cul de Sac.

In this ScreenTalk, Billing talks about:

    Feeling out of her depth in her early days on Shortland Street
    How her own emotions helped her flesh out the role of Sarah Potts
    Taking a while to adjust to her character getting MS
    Feeling bereft after leaving the show
    Loving working with her co-stars in Find Me a Māori Bride
    Finding the schedule of DNA Detectives gruelling
    Uncovering a family scandal while doing the show
    Getting used to the reality of being a freelance actor

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Pop-up Globe announces cast for ‘Twelfth Night’ & ’ Romeo & Juliet’

Pop-up Globe – host of one of the biggest festivals of Shakespeare ever staged in the Southern Hemisphere -- today announces the cast for two of the Bard’s best-loved works: Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet

Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet will launch Pop-up Globe’s season and are produced by the company behind the development of this world-first project. In all, eight of Shakespeare’s works will be performed at Pop-up Globe beginning on 18 February with a red carpet arrival of a who’s who of New Zealand of celebrity and civic personalities. Other works are Much Adoe About Nothing, The Tempest, Titus, Antony & Cleopatra, Hamlet and Henry V. Check Eventfinda for details. Good tickets are available for all shows.

Pop-up Globe is the world’s first full-scale working replica of the second Globe theatre, Shakespeare’s Theatre. Marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death, it will pop up in the heart of Auckland City, host a season of the bard’s masterworks and then disappear again.

“The players in our company are a thrilling and diverse blend of new faces and bastions of the international theatre community,” says Pop-up Globe artistic director Dr Miles Gregory. “We are greatly looking forward to the cast’s unique energy and dynamic that will bring these special plays to life.”

Dr Miles Gregory will direct the cast in Twelfth Night while the University of London’s Ben Naylor will bring the tale of Romeo & Juliet to life. A leading UK expert on Shakespeare and renaissance theatre, Naylor brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to Pop-up Globe.

The coveted roles of Romeo & Juliet will be played by Jonathan Tynan-Moss and Christel Chapman while Aaron Richardson has landed the principal role of Viola / Cesario in Twelfth Night.

Tynan-Moss has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Student Drama Festival, and in conjunction with the Scottish National Theatre. He has also performed in venues around London and the South East including the Camden People's Theatre, Pushkin House, the Hazlitt Theatre, and in the West End at the Arts Theatre and the Fortune Theatre and featured in production including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, As You Like It and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Chapman has worked with such companies as Red Leap, the prestigious French Groupe F and has recently finished working with Massive Theatre company. 

A recent recipient of director of the year at the prestigious Wellington Theatre Awards, Miriama McDowell (Dark Horse, Hope and Wire and No.2) will play Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet while theatre and television veteran Edward Newborn will play Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. With over 40 years’ experience internationally, Newborn’s most recent credits include The Original Phantom of the Opera in Tokyo and the 2015 London season of Simpatico. He has also become a regular on television series including Xena, Hercules and Go Girls.

Named Actress of the Year for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth, Carmel McGlone has performed from Shakespeare to Schiller on virtually all New Zealand’s main stages, TV, film- as well as in Australia where she was part of Simon Phillip’s core ensemble at the State Theatre Company. Carmel also starred in acclaimed NZ movie Hook, Line and Sinker; both series of the Emmy-award winning online series Reservoir Hill as well as local tele-feature Rage and the TV series Girl vs Boy.

Full Cast List:
Aaron Richardson (TN: Viola/Cesario; R&J: Paris/Gregory)
Adrian Hooke (TN: Feste; R&J: Sampson/2nd Musician/1st Watchman)
Alexander Holloway (TN: Curio/Officer; R&J: Balthasar)
Carl Drake (TN: Orsino; R&J: Montague)
Carmel McGlone (R&J: Nurse/Lady Montague)
Christel Chapman (R&J: Juliet)
Daniel Watterson (TN: Olivia; R&J: Benvolio/ Friar John/ 3rd Watchman)
Edward Newborn (TN: Sir Toby Belch; R&J: Friar Lawrence/Old Capulet)
Jatinder Singh (TN: Antonio; R&J: Tybalt/ 2nd Watchman)
Jonathan Tynan-Moss (TN: Sebastian; R&J: Romeo)
Miriama McDowell (R&J: Lady Capulet)
Oscar West (TN: Musician; R&J: Musician)
Paul Willis (TN: Sir Andrew Aguecheek; R&J: Peter)
Phodiso Dintwe (TN: Valentine/Officer; R&J: Apothecary/Page/1st Musician)
Stanley Jackson III (TN: Malvolio; R&J: Mercutio/Escalus)
Stephen Butterworth (TN: Maria; R&J: Capulet)
   

Antony Starr talks to Chris Schulz about his new role

Taken from NZ Herald, by Chris Schulz.

Antony Starr says his next role on American TV screens won't take as much of a physical toll on him - and he's fine with that.

The Outrageous Fortune star is coming to the end of his run on Banshee, the violent Cinemax show that screens on Soho in New Zealand.

After four seasons in the grueling role, Starr says it's time for a change - and that's what he's getting with American Gothic.

"Banshee's been a great introduction (to America)," says Starr, who plays Lucas Hood, a criminal posing as a sheriff in a crooked Pennsylvanian town, on the ultra-violent show. "I'd come from doing a show in Australia that shall remain nameless and that was awful. I got picked out of that and stuck into a lead role on an American show (and) as far as I'm concerned it's been fantastic. It's been a hell of a ride. I've learned a lot, and I'm ready to take the next step."


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