The Blue Rose

the-blue-rose-bronzeThe winners were announced at the annual New York Festivals World’s Best last night with Mind The Gap picking up a Gold award and The Blue Rose walking away with a bronze medal.

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BlueRoseSouth Pacific Pictures are celebrating The Blue Rose being named as a finalist at the New York Festival Awards.

The Blue Rose is a finalist in the drama category of the Awards alongside some pretty impressive others.

Finalists
The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season 1 – Australia
Orphan Black – Canada Continue reading »

Nothing TrivialThis year, The Blue Rose, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial, Harry and The Almighty Johnsons have all been axed by their respective networks, putting and end to jobs for countless cast and crew.  Granted, the ratings haven’t exactly been stellar but 2014 is going to be very scant when it comes to local drama and we, the viewers, will be worse off for it.

At the TVNZ launch, they lauded themselves as being champions of local content.  While Sunday Theatre will provide some expected good viewing on Sunday’s and Step Dave and Cover Band are looking promising (albeit more comedy than drama?), the TVNZ schedules are going to be pretty lacking of local drama compared to what we’ve been used to.  TV3 isn’t any better.

Instead, networks are choosing low cost, and relatively higher rating, “unscripted” reality formats.  When it comes to choice, the options are becoming increasingly less. Continue reading »

LisaCrawley_CD_CoverOur long time friend Lisa Crawley has released her new album All in My Head today and you can buy it now on iTunes.

You may remember Lisa as the keyboard player who miraculously seemed to be able to be at all of the “judges retreats” locations during the X Factor New Zealand.  She’s also appeared on a number of TV shows including The Blue Rose and Go Girls.

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 »

BlueRoseNew Kiwi drama series The Blue Rose has picked up some recognition overseas by being nominated in the Festival de Television de Monte-Carlo.

The South Pacific Pictures drama, which features former Outrageous Fortune duo Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall, is one of the 12 productions nominated in the Drama TV Series category.

It’s fair to say The Blue Rose will have some tough competition. It’s up against the likes of Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Doctor Who to name a few. Continue reading »

anna-julienne-blue-rose-tall1. What does my job entail?
Standing where someone told me to stand and saying what someone told me to say while wearing something someone told me to wear. It’s a bit weird really…

 2. Share your favourite work story. Continue reading »

It was kinda inevitable.  A locally produced, NZ On Air funded drama up against the Australian cooking juggernaut that is MKR was always going to struggle no matter how good it was or the credentials were behind it.  In Australia, My Kitchen Rules is massive and pulls in around 2 millions viewers per episode.  Here it is consistently rating above 400k so when it launched this it was hardly a surprise to see The Blue Rose take a hit.

The Blue Rose had a slightly better start than the show that made Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall household names.  Back in 2005, Outrageous Fortune debuted with an average audience of 260,751 viewers while The Blue Rose kicked off with 264,380.   Continue reading »

TBR 7 (Siobhan Marshall as Linda) (c) SPP1. What does your job entail?
Pretending to be someone else

5. If you could have any other job in the TV industry, what would it be?
Directing.

7. What was your favourite TV show when you were a child?
‘Macgyver’

8. Which TV character/show mirrors your life?
Not anything now but when I was growing up it was the show ‘Blossom’.  She seemed to do everything at the same time as me – getting her driver’s licence, her first kiss, etc.

11. What was your first ever job in television?
‘Shortland Street’. Playing Chris Warner’s nanny.

The Blue Rose screens Mondays on TV3 at 8:30pm

simon-bennettI thought the title of this press release was the announcement of a new show.

South Pacific Pictures this month welcomes the return of Simon Bennett as Producer of Shortland Street as the show’s departing Producer Steven Zanoski steps into the Head of Development role.

Both Zanoski and Bennett have had a long involvement with South Pacific Pictures. Continue reading »