Kiwi actor Mark Mitchinson plays a Danish gang boss in Straight Forward, a Scandi crime thriller filmed in Queenstown. The 52-year-old began acting late, after a life lived by the seat of his pants.

1 This is the first Danish-New Zealand co-production. What does that involve?

It's made with Danish money and Danish stars, but shot in New Zealand by Kiwi crew. It was lovely to have Danish actors come over and mix it up with us. It was interesting to watch how differently they do things, more subtle, quiet and intense — very filmic. My character, Ravn, is a