Sir Edmund Hillary ‘more than just a person who climbs a hill’ in new drama

Edmund Hillary gained worldwide fame as the first man to conquer Mt Everest, the highest mountain on Earth. But there was far more to the rugged Kiwi, says Andrew Munro, the actor who portrays him in the six-part TV One drama Hillary, which aims to introduce the man behind the legend that is Sir Edmund Hillary.

"I mean you look at the $5 note and you think Everest but there was so much more," says Munro. "I think viewers will see more than just a person who climbs a hill."

Hillary, made with the help of $6,418,835 funding from New Zealand On Air, is the story of Sir Edmund Hillary and the people who were most important to him, particularly his first wife Louise (Amy Usherwood) and his best mate and fellow mountaineer George Lowe (Dean O'Gorman).

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Calum Henderson: Hillary’s TV One debut a ‘promising start’

If the Legionnaire hat comes roaring back into fashion in New Zealand this summer, we won't need to look far to find the reason why.

The iconic flap-back cap favoured by Sir Edmund Hillary looks set to see plenty of free advertising over the next five weeks as our most famous adventurer's life story is given the dramatic treatment in the long-awaited TV One series Hillary.

The six-part biopic began last night, not atop a mountain but amidst the aftermath of the plane crash which claimed the lives of his first wife and daughter in Nepal in 1975. While this sombre, speechless opening scene might not seem like the most obvious starting point, it was a clear signal of the series' intent, and it hung ominously over the following hour.

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Living up to a legend: Sir Ed story most anticipated drama of the year

Playing Sir Edmund Hillary in a mini-series would be a big deal for any New Zealand actor. But for Andrew Munro — whose handful of screen credits include "Film School Tutor" in the movie My Wedding & Other Secrets and "Guard Arthur" in the tele-feature Field Punishment No. 1 — it's a really big deal. It's his first lead. It's his big break.

And it's a long way from his days playing in Dunedin punk band The Yams, working as a chef in Parliament, and doing odd jobs in the TV and film industry, before moving to Auckland in 2005 to give acting a real crack. Now it's paid off.

Hillary's story has been told before — in books, a documentary, a feature film — but never a drama series. Funded with nearly $6.5 million from NZ On Air's Platinum Fund, the Great Southern Television production was filmed largely in Auckland, the Southern Alps and Nepal between January and April last year. The series' creator, writer and executive producer, Tom Scott, based Hillary on his biography of his friend — and on hundreds of hours of interviews about Hillary's most public and private moments.

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Hillary, a six-part mini-series, premieres on Sunday, August 21, 8.30pm, on TV One.

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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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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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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Antony Starr cast in CBS drama ‘American Gothic’

Taken from Deadline, by Denise Petski.

Banshee’s Antony Starr has booked a major role opposite Justin Chatwin and Megan Ketch in American Gothic, CBS’ upcoming murder mystery summer drama series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios.

Created by Corinne Brinkerhoff, American Gothic centers on a prominent Boston family that is attempting to redefine itself in the wake of a chilling discovery that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders spanning decades — amid the mounting suspicion that one of them may have been his accomplice.

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Lucy Lawless talks to Radio NZ about Ash vs Evil Dead

Taken from Radio NZ.

The Evil Dead was a 1981 movie which spawned a cult trilogy.

The new version is Ash vs Evil Dead, a TV series filmed in New Zealand and starring Kiwi actor Lucy Lawless alongside the original cast member Bruce Campbell who plays Ash  - the chainsaw handed monster hunter.

Lucy Lawless is Ruby, who blames Ash for the deaths of her family members and has vowed to kill him.

Lucy talks to Wallace about fake gore and real life crime.

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