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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".

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1980)

6.5/10
Director: John Laing
Starring: David Hemmings, John Hargreaves, Grant Tilly

David Hemmings stars in this compelling story of a true-life double murder mystery that shattered the quiet of a small farming town. John Hargreaves... Read more

Beyond the Edge (2013)

6.8/10
Director: Leanne Pooley

"Beyond the Edge" documents the epic true journey of the heroic and triumphant ascent to the top of Mount Everest in 1953 by Edmund Hillary, a modest... Read more

Beyond the Edge ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

6.8/10
Director: Leanne Pooley

"Beyond the Edge" documents the epic true journey of the heroic and triumphant ascent to the top of Mount Everest in 1953 by Edmund Hillary, a modest... Read more

Billy T and Me (2010)

Director: Ian Mune, Peter Rowley
Starring: Billy T James, Peter Rowley

Go behind the camera with Peter Rowley as he looks back on his time spent writing and performing with his mate, Billy T James. 1985 and 1986 were undo... Read more

Billy T James: The Legend, The Man, The Cuz (2009)

7.8/10
Director: Malcolm Hall
Starring: Billy T James

This collection features more of Billy T's sketches, some first time to dvd, including those favourite characters, from Te News, the Traffic Cop, the... Read more

Black Sheep (2006)

5.8/10
Director: Jonathan King
Starring: Nathan Meister, Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis, Glenis Levestam, Oliv...

When a farmer's genetic engineering experiement goes horribly wrong, innocuous, fluffy sheep are transformed into relentless, bloodthirsty killers, in... Read more

Bonjour Timothy (1995)

6.1/10
Director: Wayne Tourell
Starring: Sabine Karsenti, Sylvia Rands, Dean O'Gorman, Sydney Jackson, Angela Bloomfield

A college student, Timothy (Dean O'Gorman), and his family are awaiting the arrival of Michele, a French-Canadian male exchange student. Turns out, Mi... Read more

Boogeyman (2005)

4.2/10
Director: Stephen Kay
Starring: Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Barry Watson, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Tory Mussett...

Filmed in New Zealand by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, Boogeyman tells the story of Tim (Barry Watson), a man haunted by traumatic memories of the... Read more

Born to Dance (2015)

5.7/10
Director: Tammy Davis
Starring: Tia Maipi, Stan Walker, Kherington Payne, John Tui, Nathan Kara

Choreographed by world champion Parris Goebel and featuring some of the best hip hop dancers in the world, Born to Dance is New Zealand's first dance... Read more

Boy (2010)

7.5/10
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi

Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother, Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, A... Read more