Wayne Thompson

Wayne Thompson is a NZ Herald reporter.

Chemistry between mates fuels crime drama

Sam Neill (left) and Oscar Kightley play a pair of detectives in the six-part television crime series Harry. Photo / Natalie Slade
Sam Neill (left) and Oscar Kightley play a pair of detectives in the six-part television crime series Harry. Photo / Natalie Slade

Actors Oscar Kightley and Sam Neill traded jokes and stories yesterday in between the serious work of filming a crime drama series in a mock-up of a South Auckland police station.

The friendship of actor and writer Kightley (Sione's Wedding) and international leading man Neill is an asset for the six-part series, Harry, which is to screen on TV3 next year.

Kightley plays Detective Harry Anglesea, a Ponsonby Samoan solo father, who is investigating a murder case.

Neill, as Detective Jim "Stocks" Stockton, is Harry's boss, mentor and mate.

Desert Road film company executive producer Steven O'Meagher said the men's friendship translated into great on-screen chemistry.

It is Neill's first New Zealand TV drama series, and he was drawn to the role after reading the draft script, which was co-written by Kightley.

Yesterday, visitors to the filming location - an office block in Newton - included Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Mayoress Shan Inglis, who watched some scenes being filmed.

The series has $3.5 million from New Zealand on Air's Platinum Fund.

- NZ Herald

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