Filmmaking and the filmmaking process has been a favourite topic of writers and directors since the early days of this craft. Sometimes reverent, but more often irreverent, of the industry they work in, often resulting in bristling insider humour not found in rank and file productions... Right: John Turturro stars in the Coen Brothers' brilliant 'Barton Fink'.

F/X: Murder by Illusion (1986)

Director: Robert Mandel
Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora

A fast paced, well acted suspense thriller about a special effects wizard hired to fake the assassination of a mob figure. After successfully completi... Read more

Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

Director: Baillie Walsh
Starring: Claire Forlani, Daniel Craig, Jodhi May, Mark Strong, Olivia Williams, Miriam Ka...

Daniel Craig plays washed-up Hollywood actor Joe Scott, who's shaken out of his drunken stupor by the news of his childhood friend's death. As he retu... Read more

For Your Consideration (2006)

Director: Christopher Guest
Starring: Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, Fred Willard,...

Christopher Guest turns his satirical mockumentary eye on the film industry, following the fortunes of a small independent drama that has attracted 'O... Read more

Forgotten Silver (1996)

Director: Costa Botes, Peter Jackson
Starring: Peter Jackson, Sam Neill, Costa Botes, Leonard Maltin, Harvey Weinstein, Colin M...

When local Wellington filmmaker Peter Jackson discovers a cache of ancient nitrate in a neighbour's shed, he uncovers the work of Colin McKenzie, earl... Read more

Frances (1982)

Director: Graeme Clifford
Starring: Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley, Bart Burns

Jessica Lange received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Frances Farmer, the intelligent Hollywood actress who was involuntarily committed to a... Read more

Full-Tilt Boogie (1998)

Director: Sarah Kelly
Starring: Robert Rodriguez, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino

Chronicles 10 weeks in the life of a film cast and crew on and off the set of the wild and crazy blood and guts vampire romp "From Dusk until Dawn". D... Read more

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)

Director: George Stevens Jr
Starring: Fred Astaire, Warren Beatty, Katharine Hepburn, Jean Arthur, Montgomery Clift, J...

A remarkable documentary covering the career of the director of "Giant", "A Place in the Sun", "Woman of the Year", etc. The film ties together the ev... Read more

Get Shorty (1995)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, John Travolta, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lin...

A clever black comedy about Chili Palmer (John Travolta), a collector for the mob who after being sent to LA on a mission, hooks up with a slick, grad... Read more

Gods and Monsters (1998)

Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave

Focusing on James Whale (Ian McKellen), the homosexual director of "Show Boat", "The Invisible Man", "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein", who h... Read more

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Director: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
Starring: Eleanor Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen

Explore the riveting, behind-the-scenes making of Francis Ford Coppola's 'Apocalypse Now'. Based largely on original footage, shot by Eleanor Coppola,... Read more