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".

Burying Brian (2008)

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)

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)

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

Chasing Great (2016)

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

Children of Fire Mountain (1979)

Director: Peter Sharp
Starring: Mark Hadlow, Terence Cooper, Melissa-Arohn Baker, Paul Airey

Set in 1900, a small town is the backdrop for this award-winning 13-part children's drama series about a group of children living in Wainamu, a therma... Read more

Children of the Dog Star (1984)


12-year-old Gretchen goes to stay with her uncle for the holidays and lets her imagination and talent for all things mechanical run wild. She is parti... Read more

Christmas (2003)

Director: Gregory King
Starring: David Hornblow, Darien Takle, Helen Pearse-Otene, Tony Waerea

Broke, jobless and chronically depressed, eldest son Keri returns to the family home for Christmas, where he must face the emotional train-wreck that... Read more

Chronesthesia (2016)

Director: Hayden J Weal
Starring: Michelle Ny, Hayden J Weal, Nova Waretini-Hewison, Julian Dennison, Abby Damen,...

Aka 'Love and Time Travel'. When emotionally isolated barista Dan Duncombe (writer/director Hayden J. Weal) starts receiving strange messages on the i... Read more

Chunuk Bair (1992)

Director: Dale G Bradley
Starring: Robert Powell, Kevin J Wilson

The tragedy of Gallipoli is told through the heroic experience of the Wellington Regiment over a 3 days as, exhausted and shell-shocked, they battle t... Read more