Q&A with Michelle Langstone from The Almighty Johnsons


1. If you could have any other job in the TV industry, what would it be?
I’d like to be continuity. I’m quite obsessed with continuity, and always pick up when it’s out in films. It’s very satisfying as an actor to get complicated continuity right. This season of Johnsons, the continuity artist shook my hand at the end of a very hard scene involving unwrapping boxing straps. I was delighted. 

2. What is the best part of working in the TV industry?
You make the most extraordinary friends. They end up like one big, extended family. Even if I don’t see someone for years after a job has wrapped, there is always that connection, that humour. Most everyone you’ll meet in this industry loves telling stories and that’s the best environment I could imagine being in.

3. What was your favourite TV show when you were a child?
Probably Children Of The Dog Star. I was terrified by it, but it incited my imagination and kept me glued to the screen each week. Actually, most of my favourite shows were NZ ones – Tales In The Mist, The Fireraiser, Terry and the Gunrunners. I feel proud to be working in the industry that fostered in me such a love of storytelling.

4. What do you think are the biggest challenges in TV over the next three years?
I think we are struggling with drama a bit. I’m concerned we aren’t invested enough as a nation in the stories we have to tell here. It’s cheaper to bring shows in from other countries than to make our own. I’m a bit worried there will be less NZ Drama made because of this.

5. If you could work with any one person in the industry, who would it be?
Jim Broadbent. I just love him so much. If I could have two I’d take Mike Leigh as well. If we could make a film together I would die fulfilled.

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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