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".

Blue Moon (2019)

Director: Stefen Harris
Starring: Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow

This twisty real-time thriller from Stefen Harris (The Waimate Conspiracy, NZIFF06) was nimbly staged and shot on an iPhone entirely within and around... Read more

Vai (2019)

Director: Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Miria George, Ofa Guttenbeil, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Nicole Whippy, Sharon Whippy

A portmanteau feature film by 9 female Pacific filmmakers and filmed on seven Pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture... Read more

Daffodils (2019)

Director: David Stubbs
Starring: Rose McIver, George Mason

A bittersweet love story told through enchanting re-imaginings of popular and iconic New Zealand songs. Read more

The Bad Seed (2019)

Starring: Matt Minto, Dean O'Gorman, Jodie Hillock, Xavier Horan, Chelsie Preston Crayford...

The Bad Seed tells the story of two brothers from a dysfunctional family who have raised themselves up from the desperate days of their early childhoo... Read more

Stray (2018)

Director: Dustin Feneley
Starring: Arta Dobroshi, Luciane Buchanan, Kieran Charnock

In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts. A young man is on parole after serving time for attempting to mur... Read more

In the Zone (2018)

Director: Robyn Paterson

In an effort to combat cycles of inequality, a visiting African-American businessman establishes a home for minority teens in New Zealand's most sough... Read more

Vermilion (2018)

Starring: Jennifer Ward Lealand, Theresa Healey, Peter Feeney

VERMILION tells the story of a group of women - mothers, daughters, friends and neighbours. Darcy (Jennifer Ward-Lealand), a composer, sees colours wh... Read more

Mega Time Squad (2018)

Director: Tim van Dammen
Starring: Anton Tennet, Jonny Brugh, Milo Cawthorne, Milo Cawthorne

A small-town crook finds an ancient Chinese time-traveling device that can help him pull off a heist and start a new life, but he may not survive the... 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

Hibiscus & Ruthless (Blu-Ray) (2018)

Director: Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa
Starring: Thierry Lhermitte, Suivai Autagavaia, Anna-Maree Thomas, Lafitaga Mafaufau, Yvon...

"No Going Out and No Boyfriends" - Hibiscus' obedience towards her Mum's rules is put to the test in her final year of University. As guys start to im... Read more