ScreenTalk: Allison Webber
Journalist turned media trainer Allison Webber began in television at a time when women were more likely to be making the tea than making programmes.
After working alongside names like Brian Edwards and Ian Johnstone, she became part of a new generation of women producers and directors who changed the shape of what went on air, especially with her ground-breaking documentary series Expressions of Sexuality.
In this ScreenTalk interview, Webber talks about:
- The excitement of working as a researcher on 90 minute live show Edwards on Saturday
- The show's "hugely creative" presenter Brian Edwards
- Sneaking around apartheid-era South Africa arranging secret interviews with legends like Donald Woods
- An unforgettable encounter with Steve Biko
- How journalists find courage under pressure, but sometimes lack gratitude for opportunities given
- Working with masterful presenter Ian Johnstone, a man who would get just as excited interviewing a possum farmer as a president
- Becoming a producer, at a time when women were starting to move up the ladder
- Making ground-breaking series Expressions of Sexuality, and arranging special training so that those being interviewed were treated respectfully
- How TVNZ, "scared and challenged by the content of the show", sat on it for more than 18 months before putting it on air
- How women's rise into positions of power helped drive change in what played on screen
NZ On Screen: Interview and editing – Ian Pryor. Camera – Jess Charlton.