Siobhan Marshall directed her first short film; Manny And Quinn, which will screen at the New Zealand International Film Festival in August.
Siobhan Marshall, 39, is an actor, director and screenwriter, best known for starring in Outrageous Fortune.
In addition to her screen time, she has written three television scripts, including writing, producing and animating the animated sperm series Slow Pete for TVNZ+.
His short film, Manny and Quinn, is his directorial debut and finalist in the New Zealand International Film Festival’s short film competition. It’s about an introverted shopkeeper who forges a friendship with a mysterious man next door through competitive costume play with his shop mannequins.
His family – partner Millen Baird, actor and writer, and their two daughters, Remi, 3, and Roux, 1, divide their time between Auckland and Los Angeles.
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I wish 10 years ago I knew…
How amazing my body was in its ability to heal and improve. At that time, I had never been in the hospital or had any physical problems. I also thought back then that if I had a baby my life would be over. I found Remi’s birth almost four years ago very difficult both physically and mentally. I probably had postpartum depression. It was the most difficult moment of my life.
We lived in Newport Beach, California, and I had no family or support. I also had a very difficult birth. But over time, I healed and I also realized that having two kids doesn’t mean my life has stopped – it’s just changed.
I wish I could trade lives with…
An animal. I wish I were a bird so I could see what it’s like to fly. Or a happy dog. I like the simplicity of what an animal’s life would be like. Or it would be cool to be a fish and swim in the ocean.
I wish I could eat every day…
Tropical fruit. Fresh mangoes, papaya and pineapple, as you can find at Sheraton’s breakfast buffet in Fiji.
The person I wish was on a note is…
Niki Dear. She is so smart. All the movies she makes are so good and now that she’s done my first short, I really admire that about her. Niki creates these amazing worlds on screen that feel so real while still being part of a fairy tale. His 2005 movie North Country is amazing and if you haven’t seen it, watch it.
The noise I never want to hear again is…
The sound of nails scratching the blackboard. I heard that this morning when I took Remi to a cafe and she was playing with the chalk. She always makes me jump.
I wish I could spend a Sunday with…
Amy Winehouse. I would love to hear you sing all day. I read something once where she said she wrote songs that she wanted to hear. I assumed this when I wrote my short film. I got this idea to do a romcom when everyone was depressed about Covid.
Writing this film became an escape for me as I spent six months trapped in our rented apartment in Los Angeles, trying to entertain a 2-year-old. I needed to watch something light and wanted to create a movie that made people happy, hopeful and inspired to connect with others.
I wish I could live in…
Well, we’re actors, so we split our time between Auckland and Los Angeles. We’re heading back to our West Hollywood apartment soon. I’m a bit of a gypsy at heart. I like to move around and have many different experiences. I love summer so if I could I would move to follow the sun.
I wish New Zealand were more…
accepting. I find the tall poppy syndrome here very difficult. There’s an attitude here that if someone is doing well or has something, we don’t celebrate it. The acting industry is really competitive, but there can be a backlash if someone gets a role. I think there’s more of a team vibe in America where it feels like you’re all in this together.
Siobhan’s Quick Shots:
MUSEUM or ART GALLERY
BEACH OR FOREST
THEATER or MOVIE
NEW DRESS or OLD FAVORITE
SUMMER or WINTER
HOLIDAY IN THE CITY or TRAVEL
NIGHT OUT or NIGHT IN
TURN ON or TEXT
DOG or CAT
WINE or COCKTAIL
PLAYLIST or WHOLE ALBUM
INSTAGRAM or TWITTER
Manny And Quinn screens as part of New Zealand’s 2022 Short Film Selections at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Visit nziff.co.nz for details.
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