I first met Miranda as part of one of my first ever professional assignments; a housing feature where I interviewed her while a photographer took snaps of the home. Of course I knew some of her work before that – had seen her on TV, in movies and on the stage. And in recent years she’s been working more as an acting coach and teacher – currently she’s in post-production with a film adaptation of the Margaret Mahy favourite, The Changeover. This is her first time working as a co-director with her partner, Stuart McKenzie.
We talked about her 50-year career, how acting has become the family business in a sense; we talked too about her work as an acting coach on the incredible film, Lion – and her work on other Hollywood sets, or via Skype and the phone to and from all parts of the world. We talked about her start on TV – with Gloss and some of her movie roles. It was a great conversation – and I was thrilled that we made it happen. The negotiations for this started a while ago. I would get bumped for people a bit more important than me (“sorry, I’ve got a Skype call with Steven Spielberg” went one memorable excuse). So my thanks to Miranda for fitting me in. Thanks too as always to the sponsors. We enjoyed some of the great T Leaf T and some of the L’affare coffee for this one. And I enjoyed my conversation with an acting and coaching legend. I learned so much about the business and some of the methodology around acting, devising, writing and directing for film and theatre.
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