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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".

Treasure Island Kids 2: The Monster of Treasure Island (2004)

Director: Michael Hurst
Starring: Nicko Vella, John Callen, Michael Hurst, Beth Allen

It's Hollywood on Treasure Island as kids from around the world get into movie-making at their summer camp, although the arrival of a misfit boy from... Read more

Treasure Island Kids 3: The Mystery of Treasure Island (2004)

Director: Michael Hurst
Starring: Nicko Vella, John Callen, Joel Tobeck, (Voice of) , Beth Allen, Sasha Tilley

Conrad has invented an airship like no other, but a strange mood has fallen over the camp following the disappearance of one of the children. The dis... Read more

Treasure Island Kids: The Battle of Treasure Island (2004)

4.5/10
Director: Gavin Scott
Starring: John Callen, Randy Quaid, Nicko Vella

Filmed in New Zealand, this rolicking family adventure series follows rebellious teen, Charlie, to summer camp on Treasure Island. And it's not just... Read more

Trial Run (1984)

4.8/10
Director: Melanie Read
Starring: Annie Whittle, Judith Gibson, Christopher Broun

Rosemary didn't know how fast she could run... until she had to run for her life. There are three things that matter to Rosemary Edmonds (Annie Whittl... Read more

Trouble is My Business (2008)

6.5/10
Director: Juliette Veber

The inspirational story of Peachy (that's Mr Peach, to you), an unconventional but determined-as-hell teacher in a tough South Auckland school. When... Read more

True New Zealand Crime Stories (2015)

Starring: Geraldine Brophy, Simon O'Connor, Craig Hall

A collection of five local dramas: some shocking, some intriguing, but all true events that took place right here in New Zealand between 1977 and 2009... Read more

Two Little Boys (2012)

Director: Robert Sarkies
Starring: Bret McKenzie, Hamish Blake, Maaka Pohatu, Filip Berg

"Two Little Boys" is a cheeky comedy which follows Nige (Bret McKenzie) and his best mate Deano's (Hamish Blake) riotous misadventures as they struggl... Read more

Tyrannical Love (2005)

6.2/10
Director: Scott Boswell
Starring: Stephen Jorgensen, Domini Calder, Caroline Mitchell, Seth Flynn, Lex Calder, Cra...

Scott Boswell's debut film was shot in and around Howick over 15 weekends in 2004, with most people working for free. The film screened at the 37th A... Read more

Under the Mountain (1982)

4.9/10
Director: Chris Bailey
Starring: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood

Adapted from Maurice Gee's beloved novel, this classic family series sees a New Zealand where giant slugs are waking below Auckland's volcanoes to thr... Read more

Under the Mountain (2009)

4.9/10
Director: Jonathan King
Starring: Sam Neill, Oliver Driver, Sophie McBride, Tom Cameron, Leon Wadham

Based on Maurice Gee's best-selling novel, "Under the Mountain" is an exciting and suspenseful fantasy adventure set amid Auckland's breathtaking natu... Read more