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".

Eagle vs Shark ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Joel Tobeck, Brian Sergent, Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement, David Fane, Rachel H...

A quirky kiwi rom-com with Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords" fame as uber-geek Jarrod, an unlikely romantic foil to shy 'Meaty Boy' cashier... Read more

Edwin. My Life as a Koont (2012)

Director: Jason Stutter
Starring: Bryce Campbell

Edwin Rouper has a habit of annoying people within seconds of meeting them. Cursed with 'Koontz-syndrome', a neurological condition in which temper an... Read more

Erebus: Operation Overdue (2013)

Director: Peter Burger, Charlotte Purdy

In 1979, a jet carrying 257 passengers on a sightseeing tour over Antarctica went missing. Eleven police officers were called to duty and undertook an... Read more

Eternity (2012)

Director: Alex Galvin
Starring: Elliot Travers, Amy Tsang, Liz Kirkman, Dean Knowsley

New Zealand/Hong Kong sci-fi mystery feature, written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Alex Galvin. Set in the near future. Police detective, Ric... Read more

Event 16 (2006)

Director: Derek Pearson
Starring: Peter Rutherford, Jocelyn Christian, Ezra Keddell, Julian White, John Porter

Kiwi writer/director Derek Pearson's debut feature is this engrossing and effects-heavy sci-fi murder mystery set in Wellington in 1893, 2006 and 2038... Read more

Face Lift: Series 4 (2007)

The show that takes a satirical swipe at kiwi politicians, sports personalities and the media through the use of spitting image style make-up on real... Read more

Fantail (2013)

Director: Curtis Vowell
Starring: Stephen Lovatt, Tammy Davis, Jarod Rawiri, Sophie Henderson, Vinnie Bennett

Tania thinks she is Maori. She works the graveyard shift at a petrol station to save money to take her brother Pi to Surfers Paradise. When Pi goes aw... Read more

Five (2007)

Director: Amit Tripuraneni
Starring: Richard Thompson, Anita Crisnel, Marjan Gorgani, Andy Sophocleous, Amit Tripuran...

A supernatural thriller from kiwi director Amit Tripuraneni who also stars as one of five friends on their last big adventure before their lives take... Read more

Flight of the Albatross (1996)

Director: Werner Meyer
Starring: Julia Brendler, Taungaroa Emile, Jack Thompson, Pete Smith

Sarah comes to New Zealand from Germany to visit with her research scientist mother on a remote island, though her mother doesn't seem all that excite... Read more

Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree (1989)

Director: Martyn Sanderson
Starring: Faifua Amiga Jr, Richard Von Sturmer

Growing up in Western Samoa, young Pepe has many tutors. His friend Tagata teaches him street smarts. Colonial style schools offer a hidden cirriculum... Read more