List of New Zealand films

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A chronology of feature films and feature-length telemovies produced or filmed in New Zealand ordered by year of release:

Key[edit]

1910s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1913
Hinemoa Gaston Méliès First NZ feature film [1]
Loved by a Maori Chieftess Gaston Méliès [1]
How Chief Te Ponga Won His Bride Gaston Méliès [1]
The River Wanganui Gaston Méliès Documentary
1914
Hinemoa George Tarr Romance First feature film with a NZ producer and director.[2]
1916
The Mutiny of the Bounty

1920s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1921
Beyond William Desmond Taylor
The Betrayer Beaumont Smith
1922
My Lady of the Cave Rudall Hayward
The Birth of New Zealand Harrington Reynolds
Ten Thousand Miles in the Southern Cross George Tarr Documentary/Travelogue
1923
The Romance of Sleepy Hollow Henry J. Makepeace
1924
Venus of the South Seas James R. Sullivan
Rewi's Last Stand (1925) Rudall Hayward
1925
The Adventures of Algy Beaumont Smith
1927
The Romance of Hine-moa Gustav Pauli [3]
Carbine's Heritage Edwin Coubray (Ted)
The Te Kooti Trail (1927) Rudall Hayward
Under the Southern Cross (1927) Gustav Pauli
1928
The Bush Cinderella Rudall Hayward
1929
Under the Southern Cross (1929) Lew Collins a.k.a. The Devil's Pit or Taranga

1930s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1930
The Romance Of Maoriland
1935
Down on the Farm (1935 film) First New Zealand talkie feature.
Hei Tiki a.k.a. Primitive Passions
New Zealand's Charm: A Romantic Outpost of Empire CJ Morton Scenic [4]
Magic Playgrounds in New Zealand's Geyserland Scenic [4]
1936
Phar Lap's Son
The Wagon and the Star
On the Friendly Road Rudall Hayward
1937
New Zealand Review no.1, Holiday Sounds Scenic [4]
1938
New Zealand Review No.5, Mountain Holiday Scenic [4]

1940s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1940
Rewi's Last Stand (1940) Rudall Hayward [5]
One Hundred Crowded Years Official Centennial film
1947
Green Dolphin Street Victor Saville Historical Drama Academy award winning film set in New Zealand starring Lana Turner and Van Heflin.[5]
1949
Sands of Iwo Jima Allan Dwan War Location shooting for Hollywood film.[5]

1950s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1952
Broken Barrier John O'Shea Drama [5]
1954
The Seekers (1954 film) Ken Annakin Adventure Location shooting for British film with NZ setting.[5]
1955
Battle Cry Raoul Walsh War Leon Uris novel set in NZ starring Van Heflin, James Whitmore and Tab Hunter.[5]
1957
Until They Sail Robert Wise Wartime Romance Location shooting at Sumner for Hollywood film set in NZ.[5]

1960s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1964
Runaway John O'Shea [5]
140 Days Under the World Geoffrey Scott Documentary 1965 Academy Award Nominee: Documentary Short.[6]
1966
Don't Let It Get You John O'Shea Comedy [7]
1969
Young Guy on Mt. Cook (ja:Nyu jirando no wakadaishô) Jun Fukuda (Location shooting of Japanese film)[5]

1970s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1972
To Love a Maori Rudall Hayward Shot on 16mm [5]
1973
Rangi's Catch Michael Forlong [5]
1974
Games '74 John King, Sam Pillsbury, Paul Maunder, Arthur Everard Sports documentary
1975
Test Pictures:Eleven Vignettes from a Relationship Geoff Steven shot on 16mm [5]
Landfall (film) Paul Maunder shot on 16mm [5]
1976
Off the Edge Michael Firth Skiing [5]
The God Boy Murray Reece Telemovie [5]
1977
Wild Man (film) Geoff Murphy
Sleeping Dogs Roger Donaldson Drama/Action First NZ film to open in the U.S.A
Solo (1977 film) Tony Williams
1978
Skin Deep * Geoff Steven Drama [5]
Died in the Wool Brian McDuffie whodunnit telemovie
Colour Scheme Peter Sharp whodunnit telemovie
Angel Mine David Blyth Fantasy [8] Art New Zealand
1979
Middle Age Spread*† John Reid Comedy (shot on 16mm)
Jack Winter's Dream David Sims telemovie
Sons for the Return Home*† Paul Maunder

1980s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1980
Beyond Reasonable Doubt * John Laing docudrama
A Woman of Good Character David Blyth Historical drama [9] AKA Lizzie. Shot on 16mm
Squeeze Richard Turner (shot on 16mm)
1981
Goodbye Pork Pie * Geoff Murphy comedy, road movie [5]
Pictures† * Michael Black [5] Entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival
Race for the Yankee Zephyr David Hemmings action Australia - NZ co-production [5]
Smash Palace * Roger Donaldson drama [5]
Wildcat Ross Prosser, Russel Campbell, Alister Barry (shot on 16mm) [5]
Dead Kids / Strange Behaviour / Shadowland Michael Laughlin [5]
Bad Blood * Mike Newell drama NZ-British co-production [5]
1982
Carry Me Back† * John Reid comedy [5]
Battletruck
(reissued as Warlords of the 21st Century)
Harley Cokliss action Hollywood film shot on location[5]
The Scarecrow * Sam Pillsbury [5]
1983
Hang on a Minute Mate! Alan Lindsay telemovie [5]
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Nagisa Oshima War location shooting for British-Japanese co-production.[5]
Wild Horses† * Derek Morton Drama [10]
It's Lizzie to Those Close† * David Blyth shot on 16mm [5]
War Years Pat McGuire [5]
Patu!† * Merata Mita documentary [5]
Strata Geoff Steven [5]
Second Time Lucky Michael Anderson comedy [5]
Heart of the Stag Michael Firth Drama [5]
Trespasses Peter Sharp [5]
Savage Islands (a.k.a. Nate and Hayes)† Ferdinand Fairfax Adventure [5]
Among the Cinders† * Rolf Hädrich Drama [11]
Utu * Geoff Murphy historical action Screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival [5]
1984
Came a Hot Friday Ian Mune comedy [12]
Other Halves John Laing drama [5]
The Silent One * Yvonne Mackay Drama filmed in the Cook Islands [13]
Iris a.k.a. Out of Time Tony Isaac Biography drama Telemovie [14]
Death Warmed Up† * David Blyth horror / thriller [5]
Vigil * Vincent Ward Drama Nominated for Palme D'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival [15]
The Bounty Roger Donaldson Adventure Location shooting for Australian/US production[5]
1985
Came a Hot Friday * Ian Mune comedy [5]
Dangerous Orphans * John Laing Action [3]
Kingpin Mike Walker drama Entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival
The Lost Tribe John Laing horror [5]
Mr Wrong * Gaylene Preston horror [4]
Shaker Run Bruce Morrison Action / Thriller [5]
Hot Target Denis Lewiston sex thriller Location shooting for US film[5]
Sylvia Michael Firth biographical film [5]
The Quiet Earth * Geoff Murphy Drama / Sci-Fi / Mystery [5]
Bridge to Nowhere (film) * Ian Mune [5]
1986
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale Murray Ball animated film [5]
Pallet on the Floor Lynton Butler [5]
Mark II* [5]
Queen City Rocker * Bruce Morrison [5]
1987
Bad Taste * Peter Jackson Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi
Ngati * Barry Barclay [5]
Illustrious Energy * Leon Narbey [5]
Mauri * Merata Mita [5]
1988
Send a Gorilla * Melanie Read [5]
The Grasscutter Ian Mune action / thriller [5]
The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey * Vincent Ward fantasy [5] Entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival
Just Me and Mario Greg Stitt Comedy
1989
Meet the Feebles* Peter Jackson black comedy [5]

1990s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1990
An Angel at My Table * Jane Campion biography [5]
Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree* Martyn Sanderson drama [5]
Ruby and Rata * Gaylene Preston [5]
1991
A Soldier's Tale Larry Parr war / drama
Grampire David Blyth comedy / horror / kids AKA My Grandpa Is a Vampire
Old Scores Alan Clayton comedy / sport
Te Rua
The End of the Golden Weather Ian Mune
1992
Alex* Megan Simpson Huberman sport /drama
Absent Without Leave John Laing World War II Entered into the 18th Moscow International Film Festival
Braindead Peter Jackson Splatter/Horror
Chunuk Bair Dale G. Bradley War
Crush Alison Maclean Entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival
1993
Desperate Remedies Stewart Main, Peter Wells surrealist melodrama Screened at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival
The Piano Jane Campion drama / romance Won the Palme d'Or at Cannes
Bread and Roses* Gaylene Preston biography
1994
Heavenly Creatures'*' Peter Jackson Drama / Romance / Crime
Once Were Warriors Lee Tamahori Drama
1995
Bonjour Timothy*
Cinema of Unease Sam Neill, Judy Rymer Documentary
Forgotten Silver Costa Botes, Peter Jackson mockumentary
1996
Broken English Gregor Nicholas drama / romance
Chicken Grant La Hood comedy
Jack Brown Genius Tony Hiles Produced by Peter Jackson
Flight of the Albatross
Someone Else's Country Alistair Barry Documentary
The Frighteners* Peter Jackson comedy / horror
The Whole of the Moon*
1997
Lost Valley (film)[16]
Topless Women Talk About Their Lives Harry Sinclair
The Ugly
1998
Constance * Bruce Morrison Drama [5]
Memory and Desire
Saving Grace Costa Botes romance
1999
Channelling Baby Christine Parker
I'll Make You Happy
Savage Honeymoon
Scarfies* Robert Sarkies black comedy
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Ian Mune drama

2000s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
2000
The Irrefutable Truth About Demons* Glenn Standring
Jubilee*
The Price of Milk* Harry Sinclair
2001
Crooked Earth Sam Pillsbury
Kung Fu Vampire Killers (2001) Phil Davison [17]
Her Majesty (film) Mark J. Gordon coming-of-age
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Jackson fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
Rain (2001 film) Christine Jeffs coming-of-age
Snakeskin Gillian Ashurst Thriller / Road Movie
Stickmen (film) Hamish Rothwell
Vertical Limit Martin Campbell Action/Drama Some Scenes Filmed In New Zealand
2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Peter Jackson fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
In a Land of Plenty Alistair Barry Documentary
Tongan Ninja Jason Stutter Action comedy [18]
2003
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Peter Jackson fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
The Last Samurai Edward Zwick U.S produced film shot in New Zealand
The Locals Greg Page Supernatural Thriller [19]
Whale Rider* Niki Caro drama
Christmas David Blyth Drama/Comedy
2004
Fracture
Without a Paddle Comedy
Murmurs Elric Kane and Alexander Greenhough Drama
In My Father's Den Brad McGann
Spooked Geoff Murphy
2005
50 Ways of Saying Fabulous Stewart Main drama
King Kong Peter Jackson adventure
River Queen Vincent Ward historical drama
The World's Fastest Indian * Roger Donaldson biography
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Andrew Adamson Fantasy / Adventure
Meet Me in Miami
Memories of Tomorrow (NZ Film) Amit Tripuraneni Drama/Thriller
2006
No. 2 Toa Fraser
Perfect Creature Glenn Standring horror/thriller
Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut Anna Wilding documentary
Sione's Wedding Chris Graham comedy / romance
Eagle vs Shark Taika Cohen Comedy
Kissy Kissy Elric Kane and Alexander Greenhough Drama
The Ferryman Chris Graham horror
Out of the Blue Robert Sarkies drama (based on true events)
Black Sheep Jonathan King Comedy/horror
2007
The Tattooist
A Song of Good
Down by the Riverside Marama Killen
Brad Davison
Film Noir-Horror
The Devil Dared Me To
Bridge to Terabithia (2007 film)
We're Here To Help Jonothan Cullinane Kafkaesque comedy
Men Shouldn't Sing
The Last Magic Show Andy Conlan Comedy Romance
Pictures of You (film)
30 Days of Night David Slade Horror
The Vintner's Luck Niki Caro
Show of Hands Anthony McCarten Romantic Comedy Filmed in New Plymouth, Nov-Dec 2007 [20]
2008
Second Hand Wedding Paul Murphy Romantic Comedy
Rain of the Children Vincent Ward Documentary
Taking the Waewae Express Andrea Bosshard Drama
Dean Spanley Toa Fraser Drama
BLACKSPOT Ben Hawker Thriller
Untitled Charles Upham biopic
Last of the Living Logan McMillan Comedy Horror
2009
Avatar (2009 film) James Cameron Principal live photography in Wellington studios, plus digital fx work.
The Lovely Bones (film) Peter Jackson
Temeraire (film)
The Strength of Water Armagan Ballantyne Drama [21]
Separation City

2010s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
2010
Kawa-Nights in the Gardens of Spain (original title) Katie Wolfe Drama
Tracker Ian Sharp Action / Adventure
Wound David Blyth Horror
Matariki Michael Bennett Drama
Boy Taika Waititi Comedy / Drama
Legend Of The Seeker (2008-2010 Series) Adventure / Drama
Yogi Bear Eric Brevig Comedy / Family US production filmed in New Zealand.
Predicament Jason Stutter Comedy Based on the Ronald Hugh Morrieson novel.[22]
The Insatiable Moon Rosemary Riddell Comedy / Drama [23]
The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell Brendan Donovan Comedy / Family
2011
The Devil's Rock Paul Campion Horror
Love Birds Paul Murphy
My Wedding and Other Secrets Roseanne Liang
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Steven Spielberg Family / Adventure
Operation 8: Deep in the Forest Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones Documentary
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying Kirstin Marcon
Dreamer by Design David Chan Comedy / Drama [24]
2012
Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Simon Bennett Comedy The sequel to the Sione's Wedding (2006).[25]
COMPOUND Dale Stewart Horror FIlmed at Spookers, Auckland.
Ghost TV Phil Davison
The Hobbit film series Peter Jackson Fantasy
The Red House Alyx Duncan Drama
2013
2014
Syrenia Fraser Grut Fantasy / Family
What We Do in the Shadows Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement Comedy / Horror
The Dark Horse James Napier Robertson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FilmNZ History
  2. ^ NZ Film Archive
  3. ^ [1] NZ Film Archive
  4. ^ a b c d NZFA Events Calendar
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi "Feature Films made in New Zealand since 1939". New Zealand Film Commission. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Awards for 140 Days Under the World (IMDB)
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211335/
  8. ^ [2] David Blyth's new film Angel Mine
  9. ^ NZ film commission
  10. ^ Wild Horses (1983)
  11. ^ Among the cinders (IMDB)
  12. ^ Cite error: The named reference http:.2F.2Fwww.nzonscreen.com.2Ftitle.2Fcame-a-hot-friday-1984 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  13. ^ The Silent One (1984)
  14. ^ Out of Time (1984) (TV)
  15. ^ Vigil (IMDB)
  16. ^ http://www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/lost-valley-the
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887752/
  18. ^ Tongan Ninja at IMDB
  19. ^ The Locals at IMDB
  20. ^ "New movie lures Melanie Lynskey home". Taranaki Daily News. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  21. ^ Calder, Peter (27 August 2009). "The Strength of Water". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  22. ^ Kara, Scott (2010-08-12). "Predicament in the making for local film". New Zealand Herald. 
  23. ^ "Reaching for the Moon". Otago Daily Times. 2010-10-02. 
  24. ^ "Dreamer by Design (2011)". 
  25. ^ "Sione's 2: Unfinished Business (2012)". 
  • Leonard Maltin's 2007 Movie Guide

Further reading[edit]

  • Dennis, Jonathan & Jan Bieringa, (1996) "Film in Aotearoa New Zealand", Wellington: Victoria University Press. (best source on topic) ISBN 0-86473-309-7
  • Martin, Helen, and Edwards, Sam, (1997) New Zealand film, 1912-1996. Auckland: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-558336-1

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