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".

Vigil / The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey / A State of Siege (1984)

Director: Vincent Ward
Starring: Bruce Lyons, Hamish McFarlane, Penelope Stewart, Frank Whitten, Bill Kerr, Fiona...

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

Wait Up Harriet (2007)

Director: Angus Benfield, Hanna Eichler
Starring: Angus Benfield, Melanie Cannon, Lynda Milligan, Nick Prince, Mitch Potts, Ashlei...

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

Waru (2017)

Director: Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace Smith, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Miriama McDowell, Jonny Brugh, Antonio Te Maioha, Kararaina Rangihau

A powerful and challenging story surrounding the funeral of a small boy Waru who dies at the hands of his caregiver and how the boys death impacts the... Read more

Waves (2006)

Director: Li Tao

Follows brief periods in the lives of four Chinese teenagers attending high school in New Zealand, achieving a rare level of intimacy that keeps you f... Read more

We're Here to Help (2007)

Director: Jonothan Cullinane
Starring: Erik Thomson, Miriama Smith, Michael Hurst

A sharply-scripted highly enjoyable kafka-esque comedy of a David-and-Goliath battle with the biggest bureaucracy of all - the tax department. Set in... Read more

Wellington Paranormal: Season 1 (2018)

Starring: Maaka Pohatu, Mike Minogue, Karen O'Leary

Sergeant Ruawai Maaka of the Wellington Police enlists the aid of Officers Minogue and O'Leary to tackle paranormal events in New Zealand's capital ci... Read more

Westside: Series 1 (2015)

Starring: Antonia Prebble, David de Lautour, Dan Musgrove, Esther Stephens, Will Hall, Tod...

A prequel series to 'Outrageous Fortune' set in 1970s New Zealand. This six-part series tells the story of legendary safecracker and career criminal T... Read more

Whale Rider (2002)

Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Cliff Curtis, Vicky Haughton, Rawiri Paratene, Grant Roa,...

There is a legend that Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. Since that time tradition has decreed that the first-born... Read more

Whale Rider ( Blu-ray ) (2002)

Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Rawiri Paratene, Cliff Curtis, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Vicky Haughton, Grant Roa,...

There is a legend that Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. Since that time tradition has decreed that the first-born... Read more

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)

Director: Ian Mune
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Clint Eruera, Nancy Brunning, Pete Smith, Rena Owen

This sequel to "Once Were Warriors" again stars Temuera Morrison as Jake Heke, who having turned his back on his family, must deal with a new set of c... Read more