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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".

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

Until Proven Innocent (2009)

6.2/10
Director: Peter Burger
Starring: Cohen Holloway, Jodie Rimmer, Peter Elliott, Tim Spite, Miranda Harcourt, Martyn...

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

User Friendly (1990)

5.2/10
Director: Gregor Nicholas
Starring: Alison Bruce, David Letch, Judith Gibson, William Brandt

If a carved wooden dog with teeth like a shark followed you home...what would you do?! Augusta thinks the statue might be just what she needs, but ex-... Read more

Utu (1983)

7.1/10
Director: Geoff Murphy
Starring: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott

Visually beautiful film set in 1870's New Zealand. After the family and village of a Maori tribesman is wiped out in a senseless raid, the tribesman,... Read more

Utu Redux (1983)

Director: Geoff Murphy
Starring: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Wi Kuki Kaa, Kelly Johnson, Tim Elliott, Tania Br...

In 1870s New Zealand, Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace), a Maori scout for the colonial troops, finds his tribe massacred by the army he is working for. Anguis... Read more

Vai (2019)

5.8/10
Director: Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Miria George, Ofa Guttenbeil, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Nicole Whippy, Sharon Whippy

A portmanteau feature film by 9 female Pacific filmmakers and filmed on seven Pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture... Read more

Velvet Dreams (1998)

5/10
Director: Sima Urale

A titillating introduction to the world of velvet painting, a genre most noted for its portraits of topless 'dusky maidens' painted on black velvet. W... Read more

Vermilion (2018)

6.2/10
Starring: Jennifer Ward Lealand, Theresa Healey, Peter Feeney

VERMILION tells the story of a group of women - mothers, daughters, friends and neighbours. Darcy (Jennifer Ward-Lealand), a composer, sees colours wh... Read more

Via Satellite (1998)

6.4/10
Director: Anthony McCarten
Starring: Danielle Cormack, Timothy Balme, Rima Te Wiata

Anthony McCarten's stageplay makes it to the screen in this production starring Danielle Cormack, Tim Balme and Rima Te Wiata centering on the euphori... Read more

Vigil / A State of Siege / In Spring One Plants Alone (1984)

Director: Vincent Ward
Starring: Penelope Stewart, Frank Whitten, Fiona Kay

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