Director
Anna Marbrook
Network
TVNZ
Production Company

South Pacific Pictures

Shortland Street – Directing 150 episodes of prime time TV serial drama

Shortland Street has transitioned many Theatre Directors  into television in New Zealand. In theatre I developed my capacity to work with actors over many shows and many years of rehearsals. On Shortland Street you have to be able to get strong performances under pressure and hit all story beats very quickly. We know how to do that in the theatre.

Shortland Street is nicknamed the fastest show in the west as sometimes  you can shoot up to 30 minutes a day. You are working with drama, comedy, tragedy, action and actors across all ages and experiences. On location you are often achieving stunts, special effects pushing for prime time looks on tight budgets.  The writing teams and producers are always pushing this long running soap to break boundaries so the training and foundation is perfect for any director of film and television.

Shortland Street is the country’s longest-running drama and soap opera, being broadcast continuously for over 6,000 episodes and 26 years.  Shortland Street explores the lives and loves of the patients and staff of a modern metropolitan hospital and contains a heady mix of medical crisis, human drama, comedy, romance and suspense. First airing in 1992, Shortland Street celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary in May 2017. With around 40% of all viewers tuning in every night, Shortland Street is regularly the number one show in target demographics 18-39 and Household Shoppers with children. As well as being New Zealand’s most successful serial drama, the show screens in several international territories including Fiji, Australia and Ireland.

Director of the following blocks.
Each block being 5 episodes screened over a week
Block 626, 6 Dec – 10 Dec 2004
Block 630, 24 Jan -28 Jan 2005
Block 634, 21 Feb – 25 Feb 2005
Block 638, 21 March – 25 March 2005
Block 642, 18 April – 22 April 2005
Block 647, 23 May – 27 May 2005
Block 656, 25 July – 29 May 2005
Block 664, 9 Sep – 12 Sep 2005
Block 668, 3 Oct – 7 Oct 2005 5
Block 676, 28 Nov – 2 Dec 2005
Block 680, 23 Jan – 27 Jan 2006
Block 684, 20 Feb – 24 Feb 2006
Block 688, 20 Mar – 24 March 2006
Block 692, 17 April – 21 April 2006
Block 696, 15 May – 19 May 2006
Block 700, 8 June – 12 June 2006
Block 706, 13 July – 17 July 2006
Block 710, 7 Aug – 11 Aug 2006
Block 718, 25 Sep – 29 Sep 2006
Block 731, 22 Jan – 26 Jan 2007
Block 735, 19 Feb – 23 Feb 2007
Block 739, 19 Mar – 23 Marc 2007

Project Stats

150

episodes

12000

Script Changes

2000

Actors