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 true story of David Dougherty and the three strangers who fought to get him a pardon for a crime he didn't commit. In 1992 David Dougherty was fou... Read more
Director Vincent Ward supplies a striking visual atmosphere in this rural melodrama about life on the farm through the eyes of Toss, a young girl who... Read more
A Vincent Ward double feature. 'Vigil' (1984, 86 mins) Director Vincent Ward supplies a striking visual atmosphere in this rural melodrama about life... Read more
When fire-fighter Jack loses his wife Harriet, he feels abandoned and lost, turning to alcohol and isolation for comfort. His wife's 'spiritual mentor... Read more