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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".

Mahana (2016)

Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Nancy Brunning, Temuera Morrison, Jim Moriarty, Akuhata Keefe

In the 1960s on the east coast of New Zealand, two Maori sheep-shearing families  the Mahanas and the Poatas  are longstanding enemies and commercia... Read more

Born to Dance (2015)

5.7/10
Director: Tammy Davis
Starring: Tia Maipi, Stan Walker, Kherington Payne, John Tui, Nathan Kara

Choreographed by world champion Parris Goebel and featuring some of the best hip hop dancers in the world, Born to Dance is New Zealand's first dance... Read more

The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 2 (2015)

7.7/10
Starring: Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland

Brokenwood: Population 5000 and declining - slowly - one by one or, two by two depending on the murder rate that week. In Brokenwood, an early mornin... Read more

True New Zealand Crime Stories (2015)

Starring: Geraldine Brophy, Simon O'Connor, Craig Hall

A collection of five local dramas: some shocking, some intriguing, but all true events that took place right here in New Zealand between 1977 and 2009... Read more

Deathgasm (Blu-ray) (2015)

6.3/10
Director: Jason Lei Howden
Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman

Brodie is the new kid in town. With a crack-addicted mum and an obsession with all things metal, he doesn't fit in to his white-bread neighbourhood or... Read more

Deathgasm (2015)

6.3/10
Director: Jason Lei Howden
Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman

Brodie is the new kid in town. With a crack-addicted mum and an obsession with all things metal, he doesn't fit in to his white-bread neighbourhood or... Read more

Slow West (Blu-ray) (2015)

6.9/10
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Madeleine Sami, Brooke Wil...

Set at the end of the 19th Century, 'Slow West' is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centres on 16-year-... Read more

Slow West (Blu-ray) (2015)

6.9/10
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Madeleine Sami, Brooke Wil...

Set at the end of the 19th Century, 'Slow West' is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centres on 16-year-... Read more

Slow West (2015)

6.9/10
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Madeleine Sami, Brooke Wil...

Set at the end of the 19th Century, 'Slow West' is an American western filtered through the eyes of European filmmaking. The story centres on 16-year-... Read more

Westside: Series 1 (2015)

8.1/10
Starring: Antonia Prebble, David de Lautour, Dan Musgrove, Esther Stephens, Will Hall, Tod...

A prequel series to 'Outrageous Fortune' set in 1970s New Zealand. This six-part series tells the story of legendary safecracker and career criminal T... Read more