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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".

Bro' Town: Series 5 (2008)

Bro' Town returns for it's fifth and final series! Watch as the boys get to grips with religious cults, weird men's groups, perhaps even a visitation... Read more

Broken English (1996)

6.5/10
Director: Gregor Nicholas
Starring: Rade Serbedzija, Aleksandra Vujcic, Marton Csokas

Racial angst and insecurities afflict an immigrant Serbian family living in Auckland. Rade Serbedzija plays the hot-blooded patriarch and radiant newc... Read more

Broken Hallelujah (2014)

7.6/10
Director: Alastair Riddell
Starring: Ben Mitchell, Vanessa Riddell, Greg Smith

This is not a love story but a story about love. Kirsty Preston leads a comfortable life. All of this changes when she discovers how her husband, Gary... Read more

Burying Brian (2008)

5.5/10
Director: Peter Burger
Starring: Shane Cortese, Jodie Dorday, Craig Hall, Rebecca Hobbs, Joshua Leys, Ruby Love,...

Four ordinary New Zealand women, closely connected by shared history and friendship, meet regularly to drink and talk. One night, the women rail again... Read more

Buzzy Bee and Friends (2009)

For more than 70 years, Buzzy Bee has held number one place as New Zealand's favourite toy - now Buzzy comes to life in this TVNZ series. Thirteen epi... Read more

Came a Hot Friday (1984)

6.9/10
Director: Ian Mune
Starring: Billy T James, Peter Bland, Philip Gordon

In 1949 Wes and his sidekick Cyril are conmen eking out a meagre living by scamming small-town bookies. They arrive in Tainui and go to work with the... Read more

Carry Me Back (1982)

6.1/10
Director: John Reid
Starring: Kelly Johnson, Dorothy McKegg, Grant Tilly, Derek Hardwick, Joanne Mildenhall, J...

An instant sucess when released in 1983. Like 'Goodbye Pork Pie' its bizarre but familiar and distinctly kiwi brand of comedy quickly struck a cord wi... Read more

Channelling Baby (1999)

5.7/10
Director: Christine Parker
Starring: Bunny Walters, Amber Sainsbury, Danielle Cormack, Joel Tobeck, Kevin Smith

After being blinded by taking drugs in the 1970's during an eclipse (!), a woman (Danielle Cormack) marries her Vietnam soldier boyfriend (Kevin Smith... Read more

Chasing Great (2016)

7.1/10
Director: Justin Pemberton, Michelle Walshe
Starring: Richie McCaw

Chasing Great follows Richie McCaw through his final season as he attempts the goal of captaining the All Blacks to the first ever-back-to back Rugby... Read more

Chicken (1995)

6.7/10
Director: Grant Lahood
Starring: Bryan Marshall, Martyn Sanderson, Ellie Smith

This first feature from Grant Lahood ('Singing Trophy', 'Lemming Aid') deals with a once 60s pop idol's efforts to make a comeback via a staged death... Read more