ScreenTalk: Aileen O'Sullivan

Aileen O’Sullivan: The journey from in-front-of to behind the camera…


Aileen O’Sullivan has a significant screen pedigree, from acting to directing, producing and – most importantly – storytelling. Her work ranges from Gloss and The Billy T James Show to Holiday and The Great New Zealand Showdown specials. Under her production company Seannachie Productions,  O'Sullivan's has helmed a number of well received documentaries including Witi Ihimaera, Black Grace – From Cannon’s Creek to Jacob’s Pillow, Life’s a Riot and Ngaio Marsh – Crime Queen.

In this ScreenTalk, O’Sullivan talks about:

  • The excitement of acting in TV epic The Governor
  • Learning the directing ropes on over the top supersoap Gloss
  • Loving working with the talented Billy T James
  • Creating "hell" for host Gary McCormick on travel show Holiday
  • How The Great New Zealand Showdown specials fostered debate
  • Writer Witi Ihimaera sharing personal perspectives in documentary Witi
  • Capturing Neil Ieremia's dance group in New York for Black Grace – From Cannon’s Creek to Jacob’s Pillow
  • Using whimsy to tell the story of maverick union leader Jim Edwards in Life’s a Riot
  • Bringing author Ngaio Marsh to life with help from Peter Elliott in documentary Ngaio Marsh – Crime Queen
  • The power of stories to effect change

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via this Creative Commons licence.

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