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Nude Tuesday: behind the scenes

Writer/actor Jackie van Beek embraces nudity and a made-up language for her new comedy Nude Tuesday.

When New Zealand writer Jackie van Beek was developing a project around miscommunication and misinterpretation, she instantly knew that the dialogue had to be in complete gibberish so the actors would have to improvise their lines and language.

“I wrote the screenplay in English… but what I was constantly trying to do was make sure that I wasn’t exposing any really important story information through dialogue,” van Beek explains. “On set we would rehearse the scene in English then we’d flip it into gibberish for one rehearsal and then Armagan (Ballantyne) would say, roll camera, roll sound and action.”

In this behind-the-scenes video, van Beek also discusses the liberation of being nude in nature during a pandemic, working with a dialect coach to create a similar sounding gibberish language and why she decided to involve comedians in the post-production process to re-write differing versions of subtitles for the film.

Nude Tuesday, an Australia-New Zealand Official Co-production, is available to stream on Stan from 7 July 2022.