Philippa Boyens

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Philippa Boyens
Philippa Boyens.jpg
Boyens in 2012
Occupation Screenwriter, film producer
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,[1] all with Jackson and Fran Walsh.[2][3][4][5]

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.[6] She also spent time as director of the New Zealand Writers Guild.[7]

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.[8]

She has three children, daughter Phoebe Gittins and son Calum Gittins (both with actor Paul Gittins), and a second son, Isaac Miller. Phoebe appeared as a Hobbit in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, one of George Harvey's victims in The Lovely Bones, and a wench in the Prancing Pony in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Calum appeared as Haleth in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.;[9] and Isaac appeared as a young Hobbit in a flashback of the Old Took's party in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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.[7]

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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Drew (19 December 2014). "Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens on 'The Hobbit,' a Missing Elf, and What's Next (EXCLUSIVE)". Moviefone (19 December 2014) (Moviefone). AOL Inc. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Sobczak, Marcin J. (5 December 2014). "The Producer's Work: An Interview With Philippa Boyens". The Huffington Post (5 December 2014) (huffingtonpost.com). Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Rodger, Kate (2 December 2014). "Full interview: Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens on finishing the Hobbit movies". 3news.co.nz (2 December 2014) (3 News Newzealand). 3 News Newzealand. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Wilner, Norman. "Q&A: Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens & Lee Pace". https://nowtoronto.com. Now Magazine. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Clark, Noelene (18 December 2014). "‘The Hobbit': Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens on ‘Five Armies’ ending". Los Angeles Times (18 December 2014) (Herocomplex.latimes.com). Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Ethan Gilsdorf. "Hobbit Week: A Conversation with Hobbit Screenwriter Philippa Boyens". Wired.com. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Phillipa Boyens biodata". In.com. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Profiles - Philippa Boyens". University of Auckland. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Philippa Boyens at the Internet Movie Database