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Danny Mulheron is a New Zealand actor, writer, and director who has worked in theatre, television and film.
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
In 2012, he directed Fresh Meat , a horror comedy film which was released in October 2012. In 2011 he directed "Rage" a television movie about the 1981 Springbok Tour, which was a Finalist in seven categories in the 2012 NZ Television Awards. In 2010 he co-wrote and directed "The Motorcamp" a stage play which is rumoured to have the 2nd to highest box office takings (ever) for a New Zealand play. In 2008 he co-directed with his wife and business partner, Sara Stretton, "The Third Richard" a feature-length documentary where he tells the story of his grandfather, a Jewish German composer whose music was banned by the Nazis, rejected in New Zealand and is now being rediscovered. In 2008 and 2010 he directed children's drama series, "Paradise Cafe" for CBBC, "Emu" for CBeebies and "Time Trackers" for Seven Network Australia.
Fresh Meat is a New Zealand horror comedy film about a modern-day family of Māori cannibals who are taken hostage by a gang of criminals. It stars Temuera Morrison and Kate Elliot. It is Danny Mulheron's directorial debut. The film had its world premiere at the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival on 15 October 2012. It had its New Zealand premiere on 25 October.
In 2012 he was a Finalist in the New Zealand Television Awards for Best Director Drama and in 2007 he was a Finalist for Best Director Drama in the Qantas Awards. In 2005 Mulheron co-wrote, directed and produced the comedy series Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby , about an aging reactionary schoolteacher who gets a job working in a high school. The character began as a theatre piece, with Mulheron playing Gormsby. Melbourne Age critic Ray Cassin called the television version as "resolutely politically incorrect as it is possible for a television series to be".
Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby is a satirical New Zealand television series, created and written by Danny Mulheron, Dave Armstrong and Tom Scott. It stars David McPhail as the titular Mr Gormsby, whose politically incorrect attitudes and "old school" teaching style clash and contrast with the environment at the fictional Tepapawai High School. The show pokes fun at the New Zealand education system but also at modern New Zealand social attitudes more generally.
The same year Mulheron directed the play The Tutor, written by his Gormsby co-writer Dave Armstrong. The play won the award for Outstanding New NZ Play at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 2005. Mulheron has acted in, written and directed award winning plays for more than twenty years. He has also worked on plays with New Zealand novelist and scriptwriter Stephen Sinclair, and writer/cartoonist Tom Scott, another of the Gormsby co-writers.
Stephen Sinclair is a New Zealand playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the co-author of stage comedy sensation Ladies Night, which continues to be performed throughout the world. In 2001, the French version won the prestigious Molière Award for stage comedy of the year. Other plays include The Bellbird and The Bach, both of which are prescribed texts for Drama Studies in New Zealand secondary schools.
Thomas Joseph Scott is a New Zealand cartoonist, and is regarded by some as one of the best New Zealand cartoonists since the 1970s.
Mulheron's career has seen him host a television show about automobiles, AA Torque Show , play the part (and piano) of Shostakovich in "Masterclass" at Circa Theatre and play a traumatised hippopotamus in Peter Jackson's Meet the Feebles , for which he was nominated for an award for best female performance. Mulheron was also responsible for writing some of the hippopotami dialogue, along with some of the other animals in the cast.
The AA Torque Show is a New Zealand television series about motor vehicles, mainly cars. The half-hour programme was first screened on TV ONE in 2005 and the second series is expected to be screened on Prime Television in April 2007. The show is presented by Roger Walker, Danny Mulheron and Aaron Slight. It is provocative, humorous and light-hearted in tone.
Meet the Feebles is a 1989 New Zealand musical black comedy film directed by Peter Jackson, and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Stephen Sinclair and Danny Mulheron. It features Jim Henson-esque puppets in a perverse comic satire.
Ian Barry Mune is a New Zealand character actor, director, and screenwriter. His screen acting career spans four decades and more than 50 roles. His work as a director includes hit comedy Came a Hot Friday, an adaptation of classic New Zealand play The End of the Golden Weather, and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, the sequel to Once Were Warriors.
David Alexander McPhail is a New Zealand comedic actor and writer whose television career spans four decades. McPhail first won fame on sketch comedy show A Week of It, partly thanks to his impressions of New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. He went on to appear in multiple series of sketch show McPhail and Gadsby, and hit comedy Letter to Blanchy. All three shows featured his longtime friend Jon Gadsby.
Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement is a New Zealand musical comedian and actor. With Bret McKenzie, as the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, he has released several albums and created comedy series for both the BBC and HBO.
Oscar Vai To'elau Kightley, MNZM, is a Samoan-born New Zealand actor, television presenter, writer, director and comedian.
Danny Brocklehurst is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning English screenwriter. Brocklehurst worked as a journalist for several years before becoming a full-time screenwriter.
Anthony McCarten is a New Zealand-born novelist, playwright, television writer, and filmmaker. He is best known for writing the biographical films The Theory of Everything (2014), Darkest Hour (2017), and Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).
Dena Kennedy is a New Zealand born actress. She is best known for her appearance as teacher, Miss Agnes O'Flaherty in the New Zealand television series Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, and has performed in numerous theatre and television productions.
Robert Sarkies is a New Zealand film director and scriptwriter.
Antony Starr is a New Zealand television actor best known for his dual role as twins Jethro and Van West in New Zealand's hit comedy/drama Outrageous Fortune and Billy Newwood in Without a Paddle. He starred in the television series Banshee, which ended in 2016; and American Gothic on CBS.
Peter Northe Wells was a New Zealand writer, filmmaker, and historian. He was mainly known for his fiction, but also explored his interest in gay and historical themes in a number of expressive drama and documentary films from the 1980s onwards.
Peter Salmon is a New Zealand based film and television writer/director.
Briar Grace-Smith is an award-winning writer of scripts, screenplays and short stories from New Zealand. She has worked as an actor and writer with the Maori theatre cooperative Te Ohu Whakaari and Maori theatre company He Ara Hou. Early plays Don't Call Me Bro and Flat Out Brown, were first performed at the Taki Rua Theatre in Wellington in 1996. Waitapu, a play written by Grace-Smith, was devised by He Ara Hou and performed by the group on the Native Earth Performing Arts tour in Canada in 1996.
Emmett Skilton, also credited as Emmett Couling Skilton, is a New Zealand-based actor, director and producer.
Miranda Catherine Millais Harcourt is a New Zealand actress and acting coach. She is the daughter of actress Dame Kate Harcourt.
The 2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards were held on Thursday 24 August 2006 at SkyCity Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand. Previously known as the New Zealand Screen Awards, the awards were renamed when airline Air New Zealand became the naming-rights sponsor, signing for five years of sponsorship.
The 2012 New Zealand Television Awards were the new name of the New Zealand television industry awards, following the demise of the Aotearoa Film and Television Awards. The awards were held on Saturday 3 November at The Great Room of the Langham hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, with highlights screening on TV ONE on Sunday 4 November. The New Zealand Television Awards took a similar format to the previous Qantas Television Awards, honouring excellence in New Zealand television and television journalism. This was the final New Zealand television awards presentation organised by Think TV, after Television New Zealand withdrew its support in 2013.
Thomas Rimmer is a New Zealand stage and screen actor best known for his role in Danny Mulheron's feature film directorial debut Fresh Meat. His television work includes roles in The Gibson Group's Facelift and Bryan Bruce's crime documentary series The Investigator.
April Phillips is an actress, writer, singer, director and producer of film and theatre. She was born in Coventry, England, but resides in Wellington, New Zealand. Her production company, Godiva Productions Limited, was named after the Lady Godiva legend of her hometown of Coventry.
Dave Armstrong (1961) is a New Zealand playwright, screenwriter, trumpet player and columnist for The Dominion Post. His work has featured on stage, radio and television. His television writer credits include Spin Doctors, Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, Great War Stories, and script editor for bro'Town.