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ScreenTalk: Michele Fantl

Michele Fantl
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Michele Fantl has produced a number of acclaimed telemovies, features and documentaries. Along the way, she has worked extensively with writer/directors Peter Wells, Stewart Main, Garth Maxwell and Fiona Samuel. Her screen credits include movies When Love Comes and 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous, and award-winning Katherine Mansfield telemovie Bliss

In this ScreenTalk, Fantl talks about:

  • The difficult yet rewarding process of producing short film Twilight of the Gods
  • Filming on Rangitoto Island for her first long-form drama, One of Them!
  • Getting Rena Owen on board for Garth Maxwell’s When Love Comes
  • Dealing with negative reactions to the film in New Zealand
  • Loving the process of producing Peter Wells’ biographical film Pansy
  • The challenge of working with a child actor on 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous
  • Feeling that TV series Rude Awakenings got caught up in a game of executive musical chairs
  • Snaring Keisha Castle-Hughes for adoption tale Piece of My Heart
  • The joys of having a bigger budget for Katherine Mansfield telefilm Bliss
  • Her awe at what director Welby Ings brought to short film Munted
  • How being a producer means you're always looking forward

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

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