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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 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Extended Edition (2002)

6.2/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchet...

A new version of the second instalment in the epic trilogy now includes over 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage. Frodo Baggins and the Fellowshi... Read more

The Lost Children (2006)

8.3/10
Director: Mike Smith
Starring: John Bach, Brian Sergent, Tandi Wright, Beatrice Joblin, Rhys Castle-Hughes, Mik...

New Zealand. 1867. The rugged desolate coast of Taranaki. Three children washed ashore from a shipwreck. No food, no shelter.... no adults. This 13-pa... Read more

The Lost Tribe (1983)

5.5/10
Director: John Laing
Starring: Darien Takle, Don Selwyn, Ian Watkin, John Bach, Martyn Sanderson

While searching for a legendary lost tribe in the dense New Zealand jungle, renowned anthropologist Maxwell Scarry (John Bach) disappears without a tr... Read more

The Lovely Bones (2009)

6.7/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Imperioli, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, S...

Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller set in 1970s New England is the extraordinary story about one girl's life, and everything that... Read more

The Lovely Bones ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

6.7/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Imperioli, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, S...

Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller set in 1970s New England is the extraordinary story about one girl's life, and everything that... Read more

The Man in the Hat (2009)

Director: Luit Bieringa
Starring: Narrated by, Sam Neill

Peter McLeavey has run his gallery in Wellington for more than 40 years, becoming a legendary figure of the city and the New Zealand art community. Mc... Read more

The Map Reader (2008)

5.5/10
Director: Harold Brodie
Starring: Rebecca Gibney, Jordan Selwyn, Mikaila Hutchinson, Bonnie Soper, Rachel Nash, Mi...

In a small New Zealand town, 16-year-old Michael leads a lonely, introverted existence with his single mum, Amelia (Rebecca Gibney), whose guilt and a... Read more

The Most Fun You Can Have Dying (2012)

6.4/10
Director: Kirstin Marcon
Starring: Roxane Mesquida, Matt Whelan, Pana Hema-Taylor

Michael has life pretty sweet. His girlfriend adores him, his best mate David is loyal to the end - and David's girlfriend doesn't mind a quick hook-u... Read more

The Orator ( aka O Le Tulafale ) (2011)

7/10
Director: Tusi Tamasese

Set deep on the lush Samoan island of Upolu, this stunning feature by director Tusi Tamasese tells of a love woven by fate, parted by an unforgiving p... Read more

The Pa Boys (2013)

6.7/10
Director: Himiona Grace
Starring: Matariki Whatarau, Francis Kora, Tola Newbery, Juanita Hepi, Roimata Fox

Danny, Cityboy and Tau form a three piece band called The Pa Boys. With girlfriends Jo and Puti they set off on a tour of small town pubs on the East... Read more