Peter Salmon (filmmaker)

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Production still from Peter Salmon's shortfilm, 'Playing Possum'. Starring Tamsin Worts. Photo: Michael Salmon.
Production still from Peter Salmon's shortfilm, 'Fog'. Starring Joe Dekkers Reihana and Chelsie Crawford Preston.

Peter Salmon (born 9 February 1976) is a New Zealand based film and television writer/director.

Salmon has directed many successful short films since graduating from film school in 1996.


Salmon's first 35 mm short film Playing Possum was made in association with Creative New Zealand in 1998. It screened in competition at Clermont Ferrand, Edinburgh Film Festival and Valladolid International Film Festival. It also screened at Telluride Film Festival, Rotterdam, New York Children's Festival, Mill Valley, Hof, Brisbane and L'Étrange Festival (where it won the Grand Prix and audience awards) to name but a few.[1]

His next short film, a science fiction drama, Letters about the Weather, starring Sara Wiseman (winner of best performance in a short film (NZ film awards 2000[2])). The film was made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission in 1999. It screened in competition in Clermont Ferrand (where it received an Ecumenical Jury Special Mention[3]) and Puchon Fantastic in Korea. It also screened in Telluride Film Festival, Cannes Forum and San Tropez.

His short film Fog was made in 2007 with Maxim Films and the New Zealand Film Commission on location in Ngawi, New Zealand. It stars Chelsie Preston Crayford (winner of best performance in a short film (NZ film awards 2007[4])). 'Fog' premiered in Cannes Critics Week in 2007. It has since screened in Melbourne, New Zealand and Stockholm.

Salmon's latest short film The Box set in New York City premiered at the New Zealand Film Festival[5] in 2010.

Alongside his film projects Salmon is a director and writer of television programmes, notably the internationally successful South Pacific Pictures teen drama series Being Eve. The show was a finalist in the International Emmy Awards 2002 (Children & Young People), Gold World Medal Winner (Teen Programmes) in the New York Festivals 2002, and received the 2002 TV Guide New Zealand Television Awards for Best Drama Series, Best Contribution Soundtrack and Best Contribution Design.[6] Salmon has also directed five episodes for South Pacific Pictures drama series, Go Girls.

Salmon also directed the motion capture elements for Weta Workshop and Nelvana's successful animation series Jane and the Dragon. He went on to direct the multi award-winning show Outrageous Fortune and wrote for the popular pre school animation series, "The WotWots".

Salmon directed three episodes for "Power Rangers RPM" and went on to direct "This is not my Life", a science fiction drama for TVNZ. He also directed episodes of "Power Rangers Samurai" and "Power Rangers Dino Charge".

Personal life[edit]

Salmon is married to actress Morgana O'Reilly.[7] In June 2015, the couple announced they were expecting their first child,[8] and O'Reilly gave birth to their daughter on 25 August.[9]


Director / Writer - Film
  • The Box[10] (2010): Director/Co-Writer
  • Fog[11] (2007): Director
  • Letters About The Weather[12] (1999): Director/Co-Writer
  • Playing Possum[13] (1998): Director/Writer
  • The Creakers (1997): Director/Writer
Director / Writer - Television


  1. ^ Godzone Pictures
  2. ^ Film Awards 2000
  3. ^ Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival Awards 2001
  4. ^ New Zealand Film and TV Archived 17 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ NZIFF 2010[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ South Pacific Pictures
  7. ^ "Morgana's blood sweat & fear!". Yahoo! Lifestyle. 24 July 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  8. ^ Finbow, Katy (6 June 2015). "Neighbours star Morgana O'Reilly reveals she's expecting her first baby". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  9. ^ Dainty, Sophie (25 August 2015). "Neighbours star Morgana O'Reilly welcomes baby girl with husband Peter Salmon". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  10. ^ The Box in IMDb
  11. ^ Fog in IMDb
  12. ^ Letters About The Weather in IMDb
  13. ^ Playing Possum in IMDb
  14. ^ Power Rangers: Dino Charge in IMDb
  15. ^ Mr & Mrs Murder in IMDb
  16. ^ Agent Anna in IMDb
  17. ^ Nothing Trivial in IMDb
  18. ^ Power Rangers: Samurai in IMDb
  19. ^ This is not my Life in IMDb
  20. ^ Power Rangers: RPM in IMDb
  21. ^ The WotWots in
  22. ^ Go Girls in
  23. ^ Outrageous Fortune in IMDb
  24. ^ My Story in Archived 2 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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