List of New Zealand films

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This is a list of feature films and feature-length telemovies produced or filmed in New Zealand, ordered by year of release:



Title Director Genre Notes
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
Hinemoa George Tarr Romance First feature film with a NZ producer and director.[2]
The Mutiny of the Bounty


Title Director Genre Notes
Beyond William Desmond Taylor
The Betrayer Beaumont Smith
The Bloke from Freemans Bay Rudall Hayward
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
The Romance of Sleepy Hollow Henry J. Makepeace
Venus of the South Seas James R. Sullivan
Rewi's Last Stand Rudall Hayward
The Adventures of Algy Beaumont Smith
The Romance of Hine-moa Gustav Pauli [3]
Carbine's Heritage Edwin Coubray (Ted)
The Te Kooti Trail Rudall Hayward
Under the Southern Cross Gustav Pauli
The Bush Cinderella Rudall Hayward
Under the Southern Cross Lew Collins a.k.a. The Devil's Pit or Taranga


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


Title Director Genre Notes
Rewi's Last Stand Rudall Hayward [5]
One Hundred Crowded Years Official Centennial film
Sands of Iwo Jima Allan Dwan War Location shooting for Hollywood film.[5]


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


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


Title Director Genre Notes
To Love a Maori Rudall Hayward Shot on 16mm [5]
Rangi's Catch Michael Forlong [5]
Games '74 John King, Sam Pillsbury, Paul Maunder, Arthur Everard Sports documentary
Test Pictures: Eleven Vignettes from a Relationship Geoff Steven shot on 16mm [5]
Landfall Paul Maunder shot on 16mm [5]
Off the Edge Michael Firth Skiing [5]
The God Boy Murray Reece Telemovie [5]
Wild Man Geoff Murphy
Sleeping Dogs Roger Donaldson Drama/action First NZ film to open in the U.S.
Solo Tony Williams
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
Middle Age Spread*† John Reid Comedy shot on 16mm
Jack Winter's Dream David Sims telemovie
Sons for the Return Home*† Paul Maunder


Title Director Genre Notes
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
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]
Carry Me Back† * John Reid comedy [5]
(reissued as Warlords of the 21st Century)
Harley Cokliss action Hollywood film shot on location[5]
The Scarecrow * Sam Pillsbury [5]
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]
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]
Came a Hot Friday * Ian Mune comedy [5]
Dangerous Orphans * John Laing Action [2]
Kingpin Mike Walker drama Entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival
The Lost Tribe John Laing horror [5]
Mr Wrong * Gaylene Preston horror [3]
Shaker Run Bruce Morrison Action/thriller [4]
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 * Ian Mune [5]
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]
Bad Taste * Peter Jackson Comedy/horror/sci-fi
Ngati * Barry Barclay [5]
Illustrious Energy * Leon Narbey [5]
Mauri * Merata Mita [5]
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
Meet the Feebles* Peter Jackson black comedy [5]


Title Director Genre Notes
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]
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
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
Bread and Roses* Gaylene Preston biography
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
The Tommyknockers John Power Horror TV Mini-Series US production filmed in New Zealand [16]
Heavenly Creatures'*' Peter Jackson Drama/romance/crime
Once Were Warriors Lee Tamahori Drama
Bonjour Timothy*
Cinema of Unease Sam Neill, Judy Rymer Documentary
Forgotten Silver Costa Botes, Peter Jackson mockumentary
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*
Lost Valley[17]
Topless Women Talk About Their Lives Harry Sinclair
The Ugly
Constance * Bruce Morrison Drama [5]
Memory and Desire
Saving Grace Costa Botes romance
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


Title Director Genre Notes
The Irrefutable Truth About Demons* Glenn Standring
The Price of Milk* Harry Sinclair
Crooked Earth Sam Pillsbury
Kung Fu Vampire Killers Phil Davison [18]
Her Majesty 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 Christine Jeffs coming-of-age
Snakeskin Gillian Ashurst Thriller/road movie
Stickmen Hamish Rothwell
Vertical Limit Martin Campbell Action/Drama Some scenes filmed in New Zealand
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 [19]
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 [20]
Whale Rider* Niki Caro drama
Christmas Greg King Drama/Comedy
Without a Paddle Comedy
Murmurs Elric Kane and Alexander Greenhough Drama
In My Father's Den Brad McGann
Spooked Geoff Murphy
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 Amit Tripuraneni Drama/thriller
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
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
We're Here To Help Jonothan Cullinane Kafkaesque comedy
Men Shouldn't Sing
The Last Magic Show Andy Conlan Comedy romance
Pictures of You
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 [21]
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
Avatar James Cameron Principal live photography in Wellington studios, plus digital fx work
The Lovely Bones Peter Jackson
The Strength of Water Armagan Ballantyne Drama [22]
Separation City


Title Director Genre Notes
Kawa-Nights in the Gardens of Spain Katie Wolfe Drama
Tracker Ian Sharp Action/adventure
Wound David Blyth Horror
Matariki Michael Bennett Drama
Boy Taika Waititi Comedy/drama
Predicament Jason Stutter Comedy Based on the Ronald Hugh Morrieson novel[23]
Bloodlines Peter Burger Crime/Drama
The Insatiable Moon Rosemary Riddell Comedy/drama [24]
The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell Brendan Donovan Comedy/family
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 [25]
Billy Peter Burger Biopic based on the true story of comedian Billy T. James
Bliss Fiona Samuel Biopic based on the true story of author Katherine Mansfield
Rage Danny Mulheron Drama Based on events of the 1981 Springbok Tour
Tangiwai: A Love Story Charlie Haskell Based on the true story of the Tangiwai disaster
Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Simon Bennett Comedy Sequel to the Sione's Wedding (2006)[26]
Compound Dale Stewart Horror Filmed at Spookers, Auckland
Ghost TV Phil Davison
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Jackson Fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
The Red House Alyx Duncan Drama
Siege Mike Smith Drama Based on the true story of the 2009 Napier shootings
White Lies Dana Rotberg Drama
Eternity Alex Galvin Drama/sci-fi/mystery
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Peter Jackson Fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
Syrenia Fraser Grut Fantasy/family
What We Do in the Shadows Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement Comedy/horror
Housebound Morgana O'Reilly, Cameron Rhodes Comedy/horror
Field Punishment No.1 Peter Burger Drama
The Pā Boys Himiona Grace Music/drama
The Dark Horse James Napier Robertson
Erebus: Operation Overdue Peter Burger, Charlotte Purdy Drama
Pirates of the Airways Charlie Haskell Documentary
The Dead Lands Toa Fraser Action/horror It was premièred in the Special Presentations section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
Hip Hop-eration Bryn Evans Documentary
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Peter Jackson Fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
Deathgasm Jason Lei Howden Comedy/horror
25 April Leanne Pooley Documentary
Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws Andrew Todd, Johnny Hall Comedy/horror
Born To Dance Tammy Davis Action/sport
Mahana Lee Tamahori Action/drama
Penny Black (film) Joe Hitchcock Road Movie
notes to eternity Sarah Cordery Documentary
Orphans and Kingdoms Paolo Rotondo Drama
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Taika Waititi Comedy Based on the novel Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump
The Wizard & the Commodore Samuel Miller Documentary A Real life Sea Shanty from the Chathams Islands

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FilmNZ History
  2. ^ "Hinemoa". The New Zealand Film Archive. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "A New Zealand Romance". The New Zealand Film Archive. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  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 "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. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Don't Let It Get You (1966)". IMDb. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Ward, Diana (1978). "David Blyth's new film Angel Mine". Art New Zealand. 11. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  9. ^ NZ film commission
  10. ^ Wild Horses (1983)
  11. ^ Among the Cinders (IMDB)
  12. ^ "Came a Hot Friday". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  13. ^ The Silent One (1984)
  14. ^ Out of Time (1984) (TV)
  15. ^ Vigil (IMDB)
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^ Tongan Ninja at IMDB
  20. ^ The Locals at IMDB
  21. ^ "New movie lures Melanie Lynskey home". Taranaki Daily News. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  22. ^ Calder, Peter (27 August 2009). "The Strength of Water". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  23. ^ Kara, Scott (2010-08-12). "Predicament in the making for local film". New Zealand Herald. 
  24. ^ "Reaching for the Moon". Otago Daily Times. 2010-10-02. 
  25. ^ "Dreamer by Design (2011)". 
  26. ^ "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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