Outrageous Fortune

of-popIf there’s one thing that’s great clickbait at The New Zealand Herald, it’s anti-Mediaworks stories. Yesterday, Court Reporter Rob Kidd decided to have a crack at Outrageous Fortune actor Kirk Torrance in an appalling case of journalism.

The headline of the article is Outrageous bail-out for TV star Kirk Torrance daughter and begins like this:

The daughter of an Outrageous Fortune star has been bailed out by her family after she ripped off a marketing company for nearly $25,000.

Alix Ashby, 28, whose father is Kirk Torrance, who played Detective Sergeant Wayne Judd in the hit West Auckland drama, turned up to Auckland District Court with a cheque for $10,000, which was presented to the bosses of her former employer Brand Spanking this morning.

If this was all you’d read, you’d assume that Kirk Torrance’s daughter had ripped off a marketing company and he’d come to the rescue to bail her out. But then we go on to read: Continue reading »

westside story outrageousSome pretty exciting casting news this morning – Antonia Prebble and David de Lautour will play Rita and Ted West in the Outrageous Fortune prequel, Westside Story, screening next year on TV3.

Esther Stephens and Dan Musgrove have been cast as Ngaire and Lefty Munroe, Will Hall as Detective Mike McArthy, Todd Emerson as Bilkey, Pana Hema-Taylor as Bert Thompson, Xavier Horan as Phineas O’Driscoll and Sophie Hambleton as Carol O’Driscoll.
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TV3 are lookingoutrageous-fortune for a young Wolfgang West for the Outrageous Fortune prequel screening next year on TV3.

Do you want to be part of New Zealand’s most iconic and infamous television family? The prequel to Outrageous Fortune is coming to TV3 in 2015. The six-part series will tell the story of legendary safe cracker, Ted West, his wife Rita and their son Wolfgang. The story will be set in 1970s Auckland – a time when the only bike to be seen on was the Chopper and everyone’s dad rocked a pair of Stubbies men’s shorts.

The series is being produced by our friends at South Pacific Pictures and we need your help.

We’re on the hunt for a male in his teens or early 20s to play a young Wolfgang West.

To apply you must be:

• Young European male aged between approximately 15-20 years
• Available for filming late October 2014 to mid-December 2014
• Auckland-based during the filming period

So what are you waiting for? Email your audition video to: wolfhunt@southpacificpictures.com
Terms and conditions apply.

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Local drama has received an $18 million boost from NZ On Air. Three series will bring unique New Zealand stories to different audiences on each of the three major free-to-air channels.
From the Platinum Fund for TV One, Hillary will be a landmark series telling the complete story of Sir Edmund Hillary’s life. The six part drama series has been created by the experienced writing team of Tom Scott and Greg McGee and based on the story told by Sir Edmund exclusively to Tom Scott for his biography.

Legendary safe-cracker and criminal Ted West and his wife Rita are the central characters of a new series funded for TV3 that is a prequel to Outrageous Fortune. Set in 1970’s Auckland the historical drama will take Outrageous Fortune’s large and loyal audience on a journey into Ted’s murky past, set against a backdrop of social and economic upheaval. Continue reading »


In a nod to the power of our local television and film industry talent, Quickflix today announces its agreement with South Pacific Pictures that sees over 120 hours of Kiwis’ most loved television series immediately made available across its entire platform, with more great content to be added in the near future.

Quickflix is proudly offering all five series of the much loved South Pacific Pictures production Go Girls to its subscribers, as well as Westie comedy-drama Outrageous Fortune.

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Van and Munter’s ride is getting a new home.

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bansheeI thoroughly enjoyed the first season of Banshee which aired on Sky’s premium SoHo channel.  It’s not often a New Zealand actor goes from starring in a local drama to a US cable drama but after his twin role on Outrageous Fortune, it was unsurprising to learn the Antony Starr had done just that.

During the first season, Starr’s ex-con character, assumes the identity of the new local sheriff, Lucas Hood, after he is murdered in a graphic bar fight in the fictional Pensylvanian town of Banshee.  Banshee is his destination after 15 years in prison for stealing diamonds from Ukranian gangster, Mr Rabbit, as he searches for his accomplice and former lover, Anastasia, who happens to also be Mr Rabbit’s daughter.  Continue reading »

soho-bansheeNew Zealand’s Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune) will return as Lucas Hood on the US cable channel Cinemax’s Banshee on January 10, 2014 and if Sky keeps with its fast tracking regime then the episode should screen on SoHo on January 9th.

Banshee was renewed just three weeks into its freshman season. Its Season 1 finale drew 455,000 viewers during its initial airing and 655,000 during repeats – the largest audience ever for a Cinemax original series finale.

antonia-prebbleNew Zealand actress Antonia Prebble has landed a role in a new Australian series.

The former Outrageous Fortune actress has joined the cast of ANZAC Girls, a six-part ABC mini-series based on the true story of five young military nurses from Australia and New Zealand at both Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Prebble, who has been seen recently in The Blue Rose, will be joined in the cast by Georgia Flood (House Husbands, Wentworth, Tangle), Laura Brent (A Few Best Men, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Anna McGahan (House Husbands, Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Underbelly: Razor) and Caroline Craig (Underbelly, Dangerous Remedy, Blue Heelers). Continue reading »