Philippa Boyens

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Philippa Boyens
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Boyens in 2012
Years active 2001–present

Philippa Boyens, MNZM, is a New Zealand screenwriter and producer who co-wrote the screenplay for Peter Jackson's films The Lord of the Rings series, King Kong, The Lovely Bones, and the three-part film The Hobbit, all with Jackson and Fran Walsh.

She, Jackson and Walsh won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. She was also co-producer in every one of Jackson's film since King Kong, and in District 9.

Prior to screenwriting, Boyens worked in theater as a playwright, teacher, producer and editor.[1] She also spent time as director of the New Zealand Writers Guild.[2]

Boyens was a part-time student at the University of Auckland, graduating with a BA in English and History in 1994. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the university in 2006.[3]

She has three children, daughter Phoebe Gittins, and sons Calum Gittins (both with actor Paul Gittins) and Isaac Miller. Calum starred as Haleth in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Work on Lord of the Rings[edit]

Boyens first became a Tolkien fan as a child. When she came on board to help the writing team on The Lord of the Rings, she had already read the book seven times.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Writer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring screenplay
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2005 King Kong
2009 The Lovely Bones
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2005 King Kong Co-producer
2009 District 9
The Lovely Bones
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Soundtrack[edit]

Year Title Notes
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Writer "The Edge of Night", "The Green Dragon"

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