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Filthy Rich season 2

Filthy Rich season 2 debuted this week on TVNZ 2.

Auckland Actors Mike Edward, Bonnie Soper and Tania Anderson appear in this first episode, with many more AAers to come throughout the season.

Catch it on TVNZ on demand if you missed it!
   

Westside season 3

Season 3 of locally produced comedy/drama series WESTSIDE launched last night 10 July, on Three.

We're going on a journey into Ted and Rita's murky past, set against a backdrop of social and economic upheaval that was the early 1980's in Auckland.


WESTSIDE, on THREE, Mondays 8.30pm. Watch on demand if you can't get to a TV at that time!
   

Shoshana McCallum’s new webseries Stand Up Girl

We're immensely pround of Shoshana McCallum both writing AND starring in the new adults only
NZME webseries STAND UP GIRL.

A sex worker cum comedian, and what it really means to be a girl.

The whole series is available to watch now, see HERE.

Cast includes: Shoshana McCallum, Wesley Dowdell, Andrew Munro & Renee Lyons.
   

NZ TV Awards are back!

After a long hiatus the NZ Television Awards are back!

The New Zealand Television Awards recognizes excellence in television, and honours the special skills and unique talents of the companies and individuals who create, produce, and perform in television programmes in New Zealand.

Entries are eligible from all platforms -  traditional, subscription and digital.

The eligibility period covers two years from 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2017.

If you want to see if your performance is elible for entry talk to us!
   

Louise Wallace to appear in The Brokenwood Mysteries

Our very own housewife is returning to her acting roots and has recently been confirmed in a role
in season four of THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES.

Shooting is set to start very soon and we can't wait to see her when the season airs later this year.

Whilst she is best known for appearing in The Real Houewives of Auckland, few people know Louise is actually a trained actor.

Her most recent acting roles prior to this were in Agent Anna, and Shortland Street.
   

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).

Read the full article here.
   

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.

Read the full article here.
   

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.


Read the full article here.

Lowdown

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."


Read the full article here.
   

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.


Read the full article here.
   
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