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New Zealand Film

Welcome to the New Zealand Film archive. Most New Zealand films have been made by small independent film-makers, often on a low budget and sometimes with sponsorship from the private sector or the NZ Film Commission. Only recently have international film companies used the New Zealand film industry as a source of feature films. However, the independent tradition of filmmaking in New Zealand dates back to the end of the 19th century, when film was first shot in New Zealand. The first feature film made in Godzone was "Hinemoa". It premiered on August 1, 1914 at the Lyric Theatre, Auckland. The documentary film Cinema of Unease, by Sam Neill, presents an accessible history of film in New Zealand. Most films are able to be accessed below, however some Films have been seperated into sub-categories, ie "New Zealand Documentaries", "Short Films" and "Peter Jackson Directs". The mother-lode can be prospected below. Right: An artists rendition of Geoff Murphy's "Goodbye Pork Pie".

The Free Man (2017)

6.3/10
Director: Toa Fraser

Freedom is defined as the power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity. To reach that lev... Read more

The Frighteners (1996)

7.1/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Michael J Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson

Peter Jackson's wild horror-comedy principally filmed in Lyttelton, and starring Michael J. Fox as a psychic con-artist who uses a trio of ghosts he's... Read more

The Golden Hour (2012)

8.1/10
Director: Justin Pemberton

"The Golden Hour" is a documentary-drama which recounts the inspirational and true story of New Zealand's greatest-ever day at the Olympics, when thre... Read more

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

7.9/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Ian McKell...

The first in a trilogy of films based on the enduring masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title charac... Read more

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ( Blu-ray ) (2012)

7.9/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Ian McKell...

The first in a trilogy of films based on the enduring masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title charac... Read more

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

7.4/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, James Nes...

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarve... Read more

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

7.4/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, James Nes...

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarve... Read more

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

7.9/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Benedict...

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of... Read more

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

7.9/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Benedict...

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of... Read more

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Extended Edition (2013)

6.8/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Benedict...

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of... Read more