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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 Locals (2003)

5.5/10
Director: Greg Page
Starring: John Barker, Dwayne Cameron, Kate Elliott, Aidee Walker

Two best friends, Grant and Paul, hit the road for a weekend of surfing. With night falling they take a short cut and meet Lisa and Kelly who invite t... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

8.8/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett,...

In the first installment of director Peter Jackson's ambitious and successful film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy, Elijah Wood stars a... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ( Blu-ray ) (2001)

8.8/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm, Ian McKell...

In the first installment of director Peter Jackson's ambitious and successful film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy, Elijah Wood stars a... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Extended Edition (2001)

6.2/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Viggo Mortensen, Sean...

This Special Extended Edition is a unique version of the film. With no constraints on the running time, director Peter Jackson added more character de... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

8.9/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serk...

Director Peter Jackson's triumphant finale to fantasy cinema's most acclaimed series has Frodo, Sam and the treacherous Gollum attempt to destroy the... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ( Blu-ray ) (2003)

8.9/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Bernard Hill, Cate Blanchett, David Wenham, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm,...

Director Peter Jackson's triumphant finale to fantasy cinema's most acclaimed series has Frodo, Sam and the treacherous Gollum attempt to destroy the... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Extended Edition (2003)

6.2/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serk...

The Fellowship's journey is coming to an end. Sauron's forces have attacked Gondor's capital of Minas Tirith in his final siege against mankind. Watch... Read more

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

8.7/10
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Miran...

With the Fellowship of the Ring splintered, the war for Middle Earth continues in the second Tolkien tale from Peter Jackson. As warriors Aragorn (Vig... Read more

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