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".

Down By The Riverside (2007)

Director: Brad Davison, Marama Killen

Set in the Waikato, two historians begin investigating a series of unsolved murders perpetrated some 20 years earlier in a home for unwed pregnant gir... Read more

Eagle vs Shark (2007)

Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Loren Horsley, Joel Tobeck, Craig Hall, Rachel House, David Fan...

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

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

Far North (2023)

Starring: Robyn Malcolm, Temuera Morrison

The series is based on events in New Zealand from 2016, in which the largest ever drug bust in New Zealand, worth up to $150 million if sold in 1kg lo... Read more