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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".

Wellington Paranormal: Season 1 (2018)

7.6/10
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

The Quiet Earth (Blu-Ray) (1985)

6.8/10
Director: Geoff Murphy
Starring: Alison Routledge, Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Pete Smith

When everyone around him vanishes overnight, scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) finds himself seemingly the only person on the planet. The isolatio... Read more

Hibiscus & Ruthless (Blu-Ray) (2018)

7.5/10
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

The Breaker Upperers (2018)

6.7/10
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Oscar Kightley, Madeleine Sami, Jaquie Brown, James Rolleston,...

Two women cynical in love, set up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives. Read more

The Breaker Upperers (Blu-ray) (2018)

6.7/10
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Oscar Kightley, Madeleine Sami, Jaquie Brown, James Rolleston,...

Two women cynical in love, set up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives. Read more

Kiwi Christmas (2017)

5.2/10
Director: Tony Simpson
Starring: Kari Vaananen, Sia Trokenheim, Xavier Horan, Luca Andrews, June Bishop, Samuel C...

Fed up with the materialism of Christmas, Santa runs away to New Zealand for a summer holiday. When two Kiwi kids figure out who he is, they have to f... Read more

Hibiscus & Ruthless (2018)

7.5/10
Director: Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa
Starring: Suivai Autagavaia, Anna-Maree Thomas, Lafitaga Mafaufau, Yvonne Maea-Brown, Thie...

"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

This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy (2016)

7.6/10
Director: Christian Nicolson
Starring: Christian Nicolson, Sez Niederer, Lewis Roscoe, Daniel Pujol, Joseph Wycoff

Three ordinary guys are thrust into a parallel world of an old Sci-Fi movie. Trapped in a low budget universe they must somehow fight their way home b... Read more

Housebound (Blu-ray) (2014)

6.8/10
Director: Gerard Johnstone
Starring: Rima Te Wiata, Ryan Lampp, Mick Innes, Morgana O'Reilly, Glen-Paul Waru, Ross Ha...

Funny, suspenseful and freighted with fright bombs, Housebound could easily be the most energising fun youve ever had at a New Zealand movie. Its a... Read more

Waru (2017)

6.3/10
Director: Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace Smith, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Miriama McDowell, Jonny Brugh, Antonio Te Maioha, Kararaina Rangihau

A powerful and challenging story surrounding the funeral of a small boy Waru who dies at the hands of his caregiver and how the boys death impacts the... Read more