ScreenTalk: Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland
Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland have stacked up so many awards for their film and television work, they must be running out of places to store them.
With their first feature Shopping in local cinemas after success at the Berlin Film Festival, the writer/directors and longtime friends sat down to chat.
They talked about:
- How they handle creative differences
- How the female character in their new movie Shopping is partly inspired by someone from their childhood
- How they try to balance drama and real-life humour in their films
- Casting Kevin Paulo, the lead actor in Shopping, at a food hall
- Spotting Australian actor Jacek Koman in Moulin Rouge
- How their childhood on the Kapiti Coast feeds into their work
- Crazy "rip, shit and bust" days working on a community television station
- The "incredible" Helayna Seiuli, who co-starred in their short film Run aged 11
- The courageous main character (played by Oscar Vandy-Connor) in The Six Dollar Fifty Man
- Mark on making The Living Room, an arts show that put artists front and centre
- Mark on the differences between The Living Room and follow-up The Gravy
- Louis on being one of the only brown faces at his school, after moving to the Kapiti Coast
- Louis on working with director Danny Mulheron on Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby
- Louis on playing the two-timing character in The Insiders Guide to Love
NZ On Screen: Interview and editing – Ian Pryor. Camera – Jess Charlton.