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:

Key[edit]

1910s[edit]

Title Director(s) Genre Notes
1913
Hinemoa Gaston Méliès First NZ feature film; lost [1]
How Chief Te Ponga Won His Bride Gaston Méliès lost [1]
Loved by a Maori Chieftess Gaston Méliès lost [1][2]
The River Wanganui Gaston Méliès Documentary
1914
Hinemoa George Tarr Romance First feature film with a NZ producer and director;[3] lost [2]
1916
A Maori Maid's Love Raymond Longford lost [2]
The Mutiny of the Bounty Raymond Longford lost [2]
The Test Rawdon Blandford melodrama lost [2]

1920s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1921
Beyond William Desmond Taylor lost [2]
The Betrayer Beaumont Smith lost [2]
The Bloke from Freemans Bay Rudall Hayward
1922
The Birth of New Zealand Harrington Reynolds Earliest New Zealand film of which footage (fragments only) are known to still exist. [2]
My Lady of the Cave Rudall Hayward
Ten Thousand Miles in the Southern Cross George Tarr Documentary/travelogue
1923
The Romance of Sleepy Hollow Henry J. Makepeace lost [2]
1924
Rewi's Last Stand Rudall Hayward fragments only remain [2]
Venus of the South Seas James R. Sullivan
1925
The Adventures of Algy Beaumont Smith
Glorious New Zealand Arthur Messenger documentary [2]
1927
Carbine's Heritage Edwin Coubray (Ted) lost [2]
The Romance of Hine-moa Gustav Pauli lost [2][4]
The Te Kooti Trail Rudall Hayward
Under the Southern Cross Gustav Pauli lost [2]
1928
The Bush Cinderella Rudall Hayward
1929
Under the Southern Cross Lew Collins a.k.a. The Devil's Pit or Taranga. Only fragments remain [2]

1930s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1930
The Romance Of Maoriland Edward T. Brown Never released. Intended as New Zealand's first feature-length "talkie". 30 minutes of footage only remain. [2]
1934
Romantic New Zealand travelogue New Zealand's first released "talkie" film. [2]
1935
Down on the Farm Stewart Pitt New Zealand's first non-documentary "talkie". Fragments only remain. First film shot entirely in the South Island. [2]
Hei Tiki Alexander Markey a.k.a. Primitive Passions, A Saga of the Maoris. [2]
New Zealand's Charm: A Romantic Outpost of Empire Cyril James Morton Scenic [5]
Magic Playgrounds in New Zealand's Geyserland Scenic [5]
1936
Phar Lap's Son A. L. Lewis a.k.a. Phar Lap's Son?. Lost. [2]
On the Friendly Road Rudall Hayward drama Features early New Zealand media personality Colin Scrimgeour in a lead role, playing his radio persona, "Uncle Scrim".
The Wagon and the Star J. J. W. Pollard drama Only one reel remains. [2]
1937
New Zealand Review no.1, Holiday Sounds Scenic [5]
1938
New Zealand Review No.5, Mountain Holiday Scenic [5]

1940s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1940
Rewi's Last Stand Rudall Hayward Historical drama/War [6]
One Hundred Crowded Years Official Centennial film
1949
Sands of Iwo Jima Allan Dwan War Location shooting for Hollywood film.[6]

1950s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1950
British Empire Games 1950 Documentary [2]
1952
Broken Barrier John O'Shea Drama [6]
1954
The Seekers Ken Annakin Adventure Location shooting for British film with NZ setting.[6]
1955
Battle Cry Raoul Walsh War Leon Uris novel set in NZ, starring Van Heflin, James Whitmore and Tab Hunter[6]
1957
Until They Sail Robert Wise Wartime Romance Location shooting at Sumner for Hollywood film set in NZ[6]

1960s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1964
140 Days Under the World Geoffrey Scott Documentary 1965 Academy Award Nominee: Documentary Short.[7]
Runaway John O'Shea Drama First film appearance for several noted New Zealand media personalities, including Selwyn Muru, Barry Crump, and Kiri Te Kanawa. [2]
1966
Don't Let It Get You John O'Shea Comedy [8]
1969
Young Guy on Mt. Cook (ja:Nyu jirando no wakadaishô) Jun Fukuda Location shooting of Japanese film[6]

1970s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1972
To Love a Maori Rudall Hayward Shot on 16mm. New Zealand's first colour feature film; Hayward's last film. [6]
1973
Rangi's Catch Michael Forlong Children's drama Film debut of Temuera Morrison [2]
1974
Games '74 John King, Sam Pillsbury, Paul Maunder, Arthur Everard Sports documentary
1975
Landfall Paul Maunder shot on 16mm [6]
Test Pictures: Eleven Vignettes from a Relationship Geoff Steven Drama shot on 16mm [6]
1976
The God Boy Murray Reece Drama Telemovie [6]
Off the Edge Michael Firth Skiing [6]
1977
Sleeping Dogs Roger Donaldson Drama/action First NZ film to open in the U.S.
Solo Tony Williams
Wild Man Geoff Murphy
1978
Angel Mine David Blyth Fantasy [9] Art New Zealand
Died in the Wool Brian McDuffie Whodunnit telemovie
Colour Scheme Peter Sharp whodunnit telemovie
Skin Deep * Geoff Steven Drama [6]
1979
Jack Winter's Dream David Sims telemovie
Middle Age Spread*† John Reid Comedy shot on 16mm
Sons for the Return Home*† Paul Maunder Drama

1980s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1980
Beyond Reasonable Doubt * John Laing docudrama
Squeeze Richard Turner shot on 16mm
A Woman of Good Character David Blyth Historical drama [10] AKA Lizzie; shot on 16mm
1981
Bad Blood * Mike Newell drama NZ-British co-production [6]
Dead Kids / Strange Behaviour / Shadowland Michael Laughlin [6]
Goodbye Pork Pie * Geoff Murphy comedy, road movie [6]
Pictures† * Michael Black [6] Entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival
Race for the Yankee Zephyr David Hemmings action Australia - NZ co-production [6]
Smash Palace * Roger Donaldson drama [6]
Wildcat Ross Prosser, Russel Campbell, Alister Barry shot on 16mm [6]
1982
Carry Me Back† * John Reid comedy [6]
The Scarecrow * Sam Pillsbury [6]
Battletruck
(reissued as Warlords of the 21st Century)
Harley Cokliss action Hollywood film shot on location[6]
1983
Among the Cinders† * Rolf Hädrich Drama [11]
Hang on a Minute Mate! Alan Lindsay telemovie [6]
Heart of the Stag Michael Firth Drama [6]
It's Lizzie to Those Close† * David Blyth shot on 16mm [6]
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Nagisa Oshima War location shooting for British-Japanese co-production[6]
Patu!† * Merata Mita documentary [6]
Savage Islands (a.k.a. Nate and Hayes)† Ferdinand Fairfax Adventure [6]
Second Time Lucky Michael Anderson comedy [6]
Strata Geoff Steven [6]
Trespasses Peter Sharp [6]
Utu * Geoff Murphy historical action Screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival [6]
Wild Horses† * Derek Morton Drama [12]
War Years Pat McGuire [6]
1984
The Bounty Roger Donaldson Adventure Location shooting for Australian/US production[6]
Came a Hot Friday Ian Mune comedy [13]
Death Warmed Up† * David Blyth horror/thriller [6]
Iris a.k.a. Out of Time Tony Isaac Biography drama Telemovie [14]
Other Halves John Laing drama [6]
The Silent One * Yvonne Mackay Drama filmed in the Cook Islands [15]
Vigil * Vincent Ward Drama Nominated for Palme D'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival [16]
1985
Bridge to Nowhere * Ian Mune [6]
Came a Hot Friday * Ian Mune comedy [6]
Dangerous Orphans * John Laing Action [2]
Hot Target Denis Lewiston sex thriller Location shooting for US film[6]
Kingpin Mike Walker drama Entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival
The Lost Tribe John Laing horror [6]
Mr Wrong * Gaylene Preston horror [3]
The Quiet Earth * Geoff Murphy Drama/sci-fi/mystery [6]
Shaker Run Bruce Morrison Action/thriller [4]
Sylvia Michael Firth biographical film [6]
1986
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale Murray Ball animated film [6]
Mark II* [6]
Pallet on the Floor Lynton Butler [6]
Queen City Rocker * Bruce Morrison [6]
1987
Bad Taste * Peter Jackson Comedy/horror/sci-fi
Illustrious Energy * Leon Narbey [6]
Mauri * Merata Mita [6]
Ngati * Barry Barclay [6]
1988
The Grasscutter Ian Mune action/thriller [6]
Just Me and Mario Greg Stitt Comedy
The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey * Vincent Ward fantasy [6] Entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival
Send a Gorilla * Melanie Read [6]
1989
Meet the Feebles* Peter Jackson black comedy [6]

1990s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
1990
An Angel at My Table * Jane Campion biography [6]
Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree* Martyn Sanderson drama [6]
Ruby and Rata * Gaylene Preston [6]
1991
The End of the Golden Weather Ian Mune
Grampire David Blyth comedy/horror/kids AKA My Grandpa Is a Vampire
Old Scores Alan Clayton comedy/sport
A Soldier's Tale Larry Parr war/drama
Te Rua
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
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 [17]
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
Aberration Tim Boxell Pamela Gidley, Simon Bossell Horror
Lost Valley[18]
Topless Women Talk About Their Lives Harry Sinclair
The Ugly
1998
Constance * Bruce Morrison Drama [6]
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 Horror, Thriller [19]
Jubilee* Michael Hurst Comedy [20]
The Price of Milk* Harry Sinclair Comedy [21]
2001
Crooked Earth Sam Pillsbury Drama [22]
Kung Fu Vampire Killers Phil Davison [23]
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
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 [24]
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 [25]
Whale Rider* Niki Caro drama
Christmas Greg King Drama/Comedy
2004
Fracture Larry Parr Drama Based on Crime Story by Maurice Gee[26]
Without a Paddle Steven Brill Comedy American film shot in New Zealand
Murmurs Elric Kane and Alexander Greenhough Drama
In My Father's Den Brad McGann Drama
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 Eric Hannah and Iren Koster Comedy
Memories of Tomorrow 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 Peter Burger Horror New Zealand and Singapore co-production[27]
A Song of Good Gregory King [28]
Down by the Riverside Marama Killen
Brad Davison
Film noir/horror
The Devil Dared Me To Chris Stapp
Bridge to Terabithia Gabor Csubo drama American film shot in New Zealand
We're Here To Help Jonothan Cullinane Kafkaesque comedy
Men Shouldn't Sing Sarah Higginson and Michael Bell Musical
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 [29]
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 James Cameron Principal live photography in Wellington studios, plus digital fx work
The Lovely Bones Peter Jackson
The Strength of Water Armagan Ballantyne Drama [30]
Separation City Paul Middleditch

2010s[edit]

Title Director Genre Notes
2010
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[31]
Bloodlines Peter Burger Crime/Drama
The Insatiable Moon Rosemary Riddell Comedy/drama [32]
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 [33]
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
2012
Sione's 2: Unfinished Business Simon Bennett Comedy Sequel to the Sione's Wedding (2006)[34]
Good for Nothing Mike Wallis Comedy/Thriller/Western
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
Kiwi Flyer Tony Simpson Family/Comedy
2013
White Lies Dana Rotberg Drama
Eternity Alex Galvin Drama/sci-fi/mystery
Shopping Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland Drama
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Peter Jackson Fantasy U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
2014
Lexi Wayne Turner Drama
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
2015
Deathgasm Jason Lei Howden Comedy/horror
Turbo Kid François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell Action/adventure/comedy/superhero/post-apocalyptic
25 April Leanne Pooley Documentary
Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws Andrew Todd, Johnny Hall Comedy/horror
Born To Dance Tammy Davis Action/sport
2016
Mahana Lee Tamahori Action/drama Based on the novel Bulibasha by Witi Ihimaera
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
2017
Pork Pie Matt Murphy Comedy/Road Movie Remake of Goodbye Pork Pie
Kiwi Christmas Tony Simpson Family
Waru Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene Drama
6 Days Toa Fraser Drama/Thriller
The Changeover Miranda Harcourt, Stuart McKenzie Fantasy/Thriller Based on the novel The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
Human Traces Nic Gorman Drama/Thriller
Upcoming
2018
The Breaker Upperers Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek Comedy
Mortal Engines (film) Christian Rivers Fantasy/Thriller Filmed in NZ and Based on the novel Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FilmNZ History Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Martin, Helen, and Edwards, Sam, (1997) New Zealand film, 1912-1996. Auckland: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-558336-1
  3. ^ "Hinemoa". The New Zealand Film Archive. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "A New Zealand Romance". The New Zealand Film Archive. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d NZFA Events Calendar Archived 2007-08-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 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 "Feature Films made in New Zealand since 1939". New Zealand Film Commission. 13 November 2008. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Awards for 140 Days Under the World". IMDb. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Don't Let It Get You (1966)". IMDb. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Ward, Diana (1978). "David Blyth's new film Angel Mine". Art New Zealand. 11. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  10. ^ NZ film commission Archived 2010-06-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Among the Cinders (IMDB)
  12. ^ Wild Horses (1983)
  13. ^ "Came a Hot Friday". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Out of Time (1984) (TV)
  15. ^ The Silent One (1984)
  16. ^ Vigil (IMDB)
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ http://www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/lost-valley-the
  19. ^ "The Irrefutable Truth About Demons | New Zealand Film Commission". www.nzfilm.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  20. ^ "Jubilee | Film | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  21. ^ "The Irrefutable Truth About Demons | New Zealand Film Commission". www.nzfilm.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  22. ^ "Crooked Earth | New Zealand Film Commission". www.nzfilm.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  23. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887752/
  24. ^ Tongan Ninja at IMDB
  25. ^ The Locals at IMDB
  26. ^ "Fracture | New Zealand Film Commission". www.nzfilm.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  27. ^ "The Tattooist | New Zealand Film Commission". www.nzfilm.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  28. ^ "A Song of Good | New Zealand Film Commission". www.nzfilm.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  29. ^ "New movie lures Melanie Lynskey home". Taranaki Daily News. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  30. ^ Calder, Peter (27 August 2009). "The Strength of Water". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  31. ^ Kara, Scott (2010-08-12). "Predicament in the making for local film". New Zealand Herald. 
  32. ^ "Reaching for the Moon". Otago Daily Times. 2010-10-02. 
  33. ^ "Dreamer by Design (2011)". 
  34. ^ "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

External links[edit]