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1910 - 1920
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1913
Hinemoa
Gaston Méliès
 
First NZ feature film
 
 
 
Loved by a Maori Chieftess
Gaston Méliès
 
 
 
 
 
How Chief Te Ponga Won His Bride
Gaston Méliès
 
 
 
 
 
1914
Hinemoa
George Tarr
Romance
First feature film with a NZ producer and director.
 
 
 
1916
The Mutiny of the Bounty
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1920 -1930
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1921
Beyond (film)
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Betrayer
 
 
 
 
 
 
1922
My Lady of the Cave
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Birth of New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
1923
The Romance of Sleepy Hollow
 
 
 
 
 
 
1924
Venus of the South Seas
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rewi's Last Stand (1925)
 
 
 
 
 
 
1925
The Adventures of Algy
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Romance of Hine-moa
Gustav Pauli
 
 
 
 
 
1927
Carbine's Heritage
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Te Kooti Trail
 
 
 
 
 
 
Under the Southern Cross
 
 
 
 
 
 
1928
Taranga
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Devil's Pit
 
 
 
 
 
 
1930
The Romance Of Maoriland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1930 - 1940
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1935
Down on the Farm (film)
 
 
First New Zealand talkie feature.
 
 
 
Primitive Passions
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hei Tiki
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand's Charm: A Romantic Outpost of Empire
CJ Morton
Scenic
 
 
 
 
Magic Playgrounds in New Zealand's Geyserland
 
Scenic
 
 
 
 
1936
Phar Lap's Son
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Wagon and the Star
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the Friendly Road
 
 
 
 
 
 
1937
New Zealand Review no.1, Holiday Sounds
 
Scenic
 
 
 
 
1938
New Zealand Review no.5, Mountain Holiday
 
Scenic
 
 
 
 
1939
Rewi's Last Stand (1939)
Rudall Hayward
 
 
 
 
 
1940
One Hundred Crowded Years
 
Official Centennial film
 
 
 
 
 
1940 -1950
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1949
Sands of Iwo Jima
Allan Dwan
War
Location shooting for Hollywood film.
 
 
 
 
1950 -1960
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1952
Broken Barrier
John O'Shea
Drama
 
 
 
 
1954
The Seekers (1954 film)
Ken Annakin
Adventure
Location shooting for British film with NZ setting.
 
 
 
1957
Until They Sail
Robert Wise
Wartime Romance
Location shooting at Sumner for Hollywood film set in NZ.
 
 
 
 
1960 -1970
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1964
John O'Shea
 
 
 
 
 
140 Days Under the World
Geoffrey Scott
Documentary
1965 Academy Award Nominee: Documentary Short.
 
 
 
1969
Young Guy on Mt. Cook (ja:Nyu jirando no wakadaishô)
Jun Fukuda
 
(Location shooting of Japanese film)
 
 
 
 
1970 -1980
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1972
To Love a Maori
Rudall Hayward
 
Shot on 16mm
 
 
 
1973
Rangi's Catch
Michael Forlong
 
 
 
 
 
1974
Games '74
John King, Sam Pillsbury, Paul Maunder, Arthur Everard
Sports documentary
 
 
 
 
1975
Test Pictures:Eleven Vignettes from a Relationship
Geoff Steven
 
shot on 16mm
 
 
 
Landfall (film)
Paul Maunder
 
shot on 16mm
 
 
 
1976
Off the Edge
Michael Firth
Skiing
 
 
 
 
The God Boy
Murray Reece
 
Telemovie
 
 
 
1977
Wild Man (film)
Geoff Murphy
 
 
 
 
 
Sleeping Dogs
Roger Donaldson
Drama/Action
First NZ film to open in the U.S.A
 
 
 
Solo (1977 film)
Tony Williams
 
 
 
 
 
1978
Skin Deep
Geoff Steven
Drama
 
 
 
 
Died in the Wool
Brian McDuffie
whodunnit
telemovie
 
 
 
Colour Scheme
Peter Sharp
whodunnit
telemovie
 
 
 
1979
Middle Age Spread
John Reid
Comedy
(shot on 16mm)
 
 
 
Jack Winter's Dream
David Sims
 
telemovie
 
 
 
Sons for the Return Home
Paul Maunder
 
 
 
 
 
1980
John Laing
docudrama
 
 
 
 
Squeeze (film)
Richard Turner
 
(shot on 16mm)
 
 
 
 
1980 -1990
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1981
Goodbye Pork Pie
Geoff Murphy
comedy, road movie
 
 
 
 
Pictures†
Michael Black
 
 
 
 
 
Race for the Yankee Zephyr
David Hemmings
action
Australia - NZ co-production
 
 
 
Roger Donaldson
drama
 
 
 
 
Wildcat (film)
Ross Prosser, Russel Campbell, Alister Barry
 
(shot on 16mm)
 
 
 
Dead Kids / Strange Behaviour / Shadowland
Michael Laughlin
 
 
 
 
 
Bad Blood
Mike Newell
drama
NZ-British co-production
 
 
 
1982
Carry Me Back
John Reid
comedy
 
 
 
 
Battletruck
(reissued as Warlords of the 21st Century)
Harley Cokliss
action
Hollywood film shot on location
 
 
 
The Scarecrow
Sam Pillsbury
 
 
 
 
 
1983
Hang on a Minute Mate!
Alan Lindsay
 
telemovie
 
 
 
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Nagisa Oshima
War
location shooting for British-Japanese co-production.
 
 
 
Wild Horses
Derek Morton
Drama
 
 
 
 
It's Lizzie to Those Close
David Blyth
 
shot on 16mm
 
 
 
War Years
Pat McGuire
 
 
 
 
 
Patu!
Merata Mita
documentary
 
 
 
 
Strata
Geoff Steven
 
 
 
 
 
Second Time Lucky
Michael Anderson
comedy
 
 
 
 
Michael Firth
Drama
 
 
 
 
Trespasses
Peter Sharp
 
 
 
 
 
Savage Islands (a.k.a. Nate and Hayes)
Ferdinand Fairfax
Adventure
 
 
 
 
Among the Cinders
Rolf Hädrich
Drama
 
 
 
 
Utu
Geoff Murphy
historical action
 
 
 
 
1984
Came a Hot Friday
Ian Mune
comedy
 
 
 
 
Constance
Bruce Morrison
Drama
 
 
 
 
Other Halves
John Laing
drama
 
 
 
 
The Silent One
Yvonne Mackay
Drama
filmed in the Cook Islands
 
 
 
Iris a.k.a. Out of Time
Tony Isaac
Biography drama
Telemovie
 
 
 
Death Warmed Up
David Blyth
horror / thriller
 
 
 
 
Vigil
Vincent Ward
Drama
Nominated for Palme D'Or at Cannes film festival
 
 
 
The Bounty
Roger Donaldson
Adventure
Location shooting for Australian/US production
 
 
 
1985
Dangerous Orphans
John Laing
Action
 
 
 
 
Kingpin
Mike Walker
drama
 
 
 
 
Mr Wrong
Gaylene Preston
horror
 
 
 
 
Shaker Run
Bruce Morrison
Action / Thriller
 
 
 
 
Hot Target
Denis Lewiston
sex thriller
Location shooting for US film
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Lost Tribe
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Quiet Earth
Geoff Murphy
Drama / Sci-Fi / Mystery
 
 
 
 
Bridge to Nowhere (film)
Ian Mune
 
 
 
 
 
1986
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale
Murray Ball
 
 
 
 
 
Pallet on the Floor
Lynton Butler
 
 
 
 
 
Mark II
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen City Rocker
Bruce Morrison
 
 
 
 
 
1987
Bad Taste
Peter Jackson
Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi
 
 
 
 
Ngati
Barry Barclay
 
 
 
 
 
Illustrious Energy
Leon Narbey
 
 
 
 
 
Mauri
Merata Mita
 
 
 
 
 
1988
Send a Gorilla
Melanie Read
 
 
 
 
 
The Grasscutter
Ian Mune
action / thriller
 
 
 
 
The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey
Vincent Ward
fantasy
 
 
 
 
1990
An Angel at My Table
Jane Campion
biography
 
 
 
 
Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree
Martyn Sanderson
drama
 
 
 
 
Meet the Feebles
Peter Jackson
black comedy
 
 
 
 
Ruby and Rata
Gaylene Preston
 
 
 
 
 
 
1990 - 2000
 
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
1991
A Soldier's Tale
Larry Parr
war / drama
 
 
 
 
Chunuk Bair
Dale G. Bradley
War
 
 
 
 
Grampire
David Blyth
comedy / horror / kids
 
 
 
 
Old Scores
Alan Clayton
comedy
 
 
 
 
Te Rua
 
 
 
 
 
 
The End of the Golden Weather
Ian Mune
 
 
 
 
 
1992
Alex
Megan Simpson Huberman
sport /drama
 
 
 
 
Absent Without Leave
John Laing
World War II
 
 
 
 
Braindead
Peter Jackson
Splatter/Horror
 
 
 
 
1993
Desperate Remedies
Stewart Main, Peter Wells
surrealist melodrama
 
 
 
 
The Piano
Jane Campion
drama / romance
 
 
 
 
Bread and Roses
Gaylene Preston
biography
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Frighteners
Peter Jackson
comedy / horror
 
 
 
 
The Whole of the Moon
 
 
 
 
 
 
1997
Lost Valley
 
 
 
 
 
 
Topless Women Talk About Their Lives
 
 
 
 
 
 
1998
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
 
 
 
 
2000
Jubilee
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stickmen (film)
Hamish Rothwell
 
 
 
 
 
The Price of Milk
Harry Sinclair
 
 
 
 
 
The Irrefutable Truth About Demons
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
2000 -
  
Title
Director
Genre
Notes
2001
Crooked Earth
Sam Pillsbury
 
 
 
 
 
Her Majesty (film)
Mark J. Gordon
coming-of-age
 
 
 
 
Rain (2001 film)
Christine Jeffs
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
 
 
 
2002
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Peter Jackson
fantasy
U.S. & NZ funded film produced in New Zealand
 
 
 
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
 
 
U.S produced film shot in New Zealand
 
 
 
Whale Rider
Niki Caro
drama
 
 
 
 
2004
Fracture
 
 
 
 
 
 
In My Father's Den
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005
50 Ways of Saying Fabulous
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Kong
Peter Jackson
adventure
 
 
 
 
Perfect Creature
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 (NZ Film)
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
 
 
 
 
The Ferryman
Chris Graham
horror
 
 
 
 
Out of the Blue
Robert Sarkies
drama (based on true events)
 
 
 
 
Black Sheep
Johnathan King
horror
 
 
 
 
2007
The Tattooist
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Song of Good
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Lovely Bones (film)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Down by the Riverside
Marama Killen
Brad Davison
Film Noir-Horror
 
 
 
 
The Devil Dared Me To
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bridge to Terabithia (2007 film)
 
 
 
 
 
 
We're Here To Help
 
comedy
 
 
 
 
Men Shouldn't Sing
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Last Magic Show
Andy Conlan
Comedy Romance
 
 
 
 
Pictures of You (film)
 
 
 
 
 
 
30 Days of Night
David Slade
Horror
 
 
 
 
The Vintner's Luck
 
 
 
 
 
 
Show of Hands
Anthony McCarten
Romantic Comedy
Filmed in New Plymouth, Nov-Dec 2007
 
 
 
2008
Avatar (film)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dambusters (2008 film)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unhinged
Warren Matthews
 
 
 
 
 
Untitled Charles Upham biopic
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009
Temeraire (film)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Untitled Bruce McLaren biopic