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".
Arguably the most original drama series to have come out of New Zealand, this quirky, black-humoured show follows the paths of six different people as... Read more
Jaquie Brown plays, well, herself: a c-grade celebrity famous for fluff-pieces on current affairs shows. The 'fictional' Brown attempts to raise her p... Read more
Kiwis Des Molloy and Dick Huurdeman look like the sort of guys who should be sedately steering a sleigh in a Santa parade, not riding old single-bange... Read more
The only thing darker than escape artist Ronny Roman's past is the 'mystical power' he believes he possesses. Never having recovered from the shock of... Read more