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Leave No Trace with Thomasin McKenzie Cannes Hit

Leave No Trace with Thomasin McKenzie Cannes Hit

“Debra Granik is the exceptional film-maker who directed Winter’s Bone in 2010, launching the career of Jennifer Lawrence, and now she returns with this deeply intelligent, complex, finely tuned and observed movie, [starring New…

Anthony McCarten Freddy Mercury Biopic Trailer Out

Anthony McCarten Freddy Mercury Biopic Trailer Out

“The first footage of Bohemian Rhapsody will rock you,” according to Esquire magazine. Penned by New Zealand-born Anthony McCarten, the upcoming Queen biopic, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury follows the formation of the…

Kim Chambers Swims Like No Other

Kim Chambers Swims Like No Other

Kim Chambers, a former ballerina who grew up on a sheep farm in the King Country has done what no other woman has yet achieved: swum the world’s most difficult ocean swim, from the…

New All Blacks Documentary “Looks Absolutely Breathtaking”

New All Blacks Documentary “Looks Absolutely Breathtaking”

“All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks is a new six-episode series and it promises to be a belter,” writes Paul Moore in an article for Joe.ie. Narrated by the “incredibly…

Unique Sneak Preview for Effects Man Matt Aitken

Unique Sneak Preview for Effects Man Matt Aitken

New Zealand-born VFX supervisor Matt Aitken talks about Marvel’s “unusual” move that helped make the biggest superhero blockbuster ever, Avengers: Infinity War. Aitken’s credits included an Academy Award nomination for visual effects for 2009’s District…

Actor Julian Dennison is Firefist in Deadpool 2

Actor Julian Dennison is Firefist in Deadpool 2

Julian Dennison is living the dream. The 15-year-old actor from Lower Hutt was hand picked by Ryan Reynolds to star in Deadpool 2, which hits cinemas on 16 May. As Reynolds told the

Filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly Celebrates Guo Pei

Filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly Celebrates Guo Pei

“When I was little, I didn’t know what fashion was. The word didn’t exist,” Guo Pei tells Whakatane-born documentarian Pietra Brettkelly in Yellow Is Forbidden, a new film charting the Chinese designer’s fierce ambition…

What We Do in the Shadows Gets TV Reboot

What We Do in the Shadows Gets TV Reboot

A long-in-the-works half-hour television comedy based on the 2014 mockumentary horror film What We Do in the Shadows, co-written and co-directed by and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, is slated to premiere in…

Andrew Niccol’s Latest Film Smart and Stylish

Andrew Niccol’s Latest Film Smart and Stylish

Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried star in Anon, a “timely Netflix-bound cyberthriller from The Truman Show and In Time creator New Zealander Andrew Niccol”. Stephen Dalton reviews the film for The Hollywood Reporter. “Owen looks…

John Cavill Wins Emmy for Scars of Nanking

John Cavill Wins Emmy for Scars of Nanking

New Zealand cinematographer John Cavill has won an Emmy – Outstanding Cinematography – for American/Chinese co-production Scars of Nanking at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. In

Sam Rockwell, ScarJo Join Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

Sam Rockwell, ScarJo Join Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit

After breaking out in a major way in Hollywood by directing the critically acclaimed action-comedy Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealander Taika Waititi’s next film is going to…

Russian Film Fest Prize for Kieran Charnock

Russian Film Fest Prize for Kieran Charnock

New Zealander Kieran Charnock, 26, has won best actor at the Moscow International Film Festival for his role in the independent film Stray. The award was presented by Nastassja Kinski.

Scott Dixon Competes on American Ninja Warrior

Scott Dixon Competes on American Ninja Warrior

New Zealand four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon will enter the realm of reality TV when he auditions in Indianapolis this week for American Ninja Warrior. Dixon, 37, nicknamed “The Iceman,” thought it sounded fun when…

Roger Donaldson On ‘Sleeping Dogs’ And ‘Cocktail’

Roger Donaldson On ‘Sleeping Dogs’ And ‘Cocktail’

“Cocktail, No Way Out, The Bounty, Species, The World’s Fastest Indian, Dante’s Peak – director Roger Donaldson’s resume is brimming with crowd-pleasing Hollywood movies, some of them seminal,” writes Simon Thompson in an article…

Sweet Country’s Sam Neill Marks Milestone

Sweet Country’s Sam Neill Marks Milestone

As is the case with many a beloved screen actor, everyone has their own mental image of Sam Neill, Karen Han writes for the Village Voice. For some, it’s of the prickly paleontologist Dr…

Karl Urban in Dubai for Comic Con

Karl Urban in Dubai for Comic Con

New Zealand actor 45-year-old Karl Urban “is basically Comic Con personified”, according to Arab News, “with a deep sci-fi fantasy pedigree running from Xena: Warrior Princess through Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Lord of the…

NZ’s Global Winners Celebrated in New Series Dream Catchers

NZ’s Global Winners Celebrated in New Series Dream Catchers

Many Kiwis who touch down in the UK for their OE or holidays “end up staying and living their dreams on the other side of the world.” Inspiring series Dream…

NZ Indie Film STRAY Selected for Moscow International Film Festival

NZ Indie Film STRAY Selected for Moscow International Film Festival

“Independent New Zealand feature film, STRAY, has made history by becoming the first New Zealand feature film ever to be selected for the world’s second oldest film festival – the…

Actor Sam Neill Stars in His First Western

Actor Sam Neill Stars in His First Western

Sam Neill’s acting career has broken the 80-film barrier. In his most recent film, Sweet Country, the New Zealander plays a missionary making a new life for himself on the Australian frontier in the…

Helen Clark Film Reveals a Shadowy World at the UN

Helen Clark Film Reveals a Shadowy World at the UN

Filmmaker Gaylene Preston’s documentary My Year With Helen playing in Australia this month provides a happy and timely reminder that before there was Jacinda Ardern, there was Helen Clark. The extraordinary post-parliamentary career of former…

Chasing Great a Universally-Appealing Sports Doco

Chasing Great a Universally-Appealing Sports Doco

Justin Pemberton and Michelle Walshe’s documentary Chasing Great, about world-champion All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw, “proves surprisingly accessible to non-fans, and a well-articulated look at some of the mental processes behind sports success,”…

True Blood Lead Anna Paquin Stars as PR Maven

True Blood Lead Anna Paquin Stars as PR Maven

New Zealand-raised Anna Paquin is returning to television. The True Blood and Alias Grace star is set to appear in the upcoming dramedy Flack. The limited series, which is co-produced by Paquin and her…

Taika Waititi to Play Version of Imaginary Hitler

Taika Waititi to Play Version of Imaginary Hitler

Whenever Fox Searchlight Pictures ends up releasing New Zealander Taika Waititi’s satire Jojo Rabbit, it will give viewers the chance to see a version of Adolf Hitler they most likely never have before. IndieWire…

Chasing Great – An Ode to New Zealand’s All Blacks

Chasing Great – An Ode to New Zealand’s All Blacks

“Justin Pemberton and Michelle Walshe’s documentary Chasing Great follows All Blacks team captain Richie McCaw through his final season,” writes Chris Packham in a review for the Village Voice. “Even if…

Thor: Ragnarok’s Hidden New Zealand and Australia References

Thor: Ragnarok’s Hidden New Zealand and Australia References

“There are fans who are going to want to come back for more just to notice every detail that New Zealand director Taika Waititi stuck in”  Thor: Ragnarok, writes Luke Y. Thompson in an…

Boy Fans Will Love The Breakers and Upperers

Boy Fans Will Love The Breakers and Upperers

If you enjoy contemporary New Zealand comedies like Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, then you should put this Taika Waititi-executive produced title The Breaker Upperers on your radar, recommends…

Maryanne Redpath at Helm of Berlinale’s Generation

Maryanne Redpath at Helm of Berlinale’s Generation

Within 10 years, former artist, teacher and filmmaker New Zealand-born Maryanne Redpath has turned the Berlinale youth section Generation into one of the most popular strands of the film festival, with a gem-packed programme…

Robyn Malcolm on Cleavage and Credibility

Robyn Malcolm on Cleavage and Credibility

It is something of a surprise to see New Zealander Robyn Malcolm looking positively restrained, wearing a conservative skirt and blouse, for her role as Maxine Pavich in the new ABC television drama series…

Anna Paquin Does Some Detective Work in Bellevue

Anna Paquin Does Some Detective Work in Bellevue

New Zealander Anna Paquin plays Detective Anna Ryder in the Canadian television series, Bellevue. “Paquin, whose onscreen presence guarantees an otherworldly, alienating grace, is doing more work than is first apparent,” Variety TV critic…

Shotover Tech Wizards Score Early Oscar for Aerials

Shotover Tech Wizards Score Early Oscar for Aerials

Queenstown design engineers John Coyle, Brad Hurndell, Vikas Sathaye and Shane Buckham have scored a jump on Margot Robbie, Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep a month before the Oscars. The group has just been…

Aaron Jeffery Gets into the Head of Chopper Read

Aaron Jeffery Gets into the Head of Chopper Read

A quirk of fate could have changed the path of Australian film history and seen New Zealander Aaron Jeffery play Chopper Read nearly 20 years ago. “I auditioned for the original Chopper movie,” Jeffery, 47,…

Braindead as Outrageous as it is Brilliant

Braindead as Outrageous as it is Brilliant

Peter Jackson’s 1992 “gore-fest” Braindead has been named one of the 30 most violent films ever made by entertainment website GamesRadar+. The list also includes Irreversible, Evil Dead and Cannibal Holocaust. Alex Avard writes for the…

KJ Apa to Star in Romantic Comedy The Last Summer

KJ Apa to Star in Romantic Comedy The Last Summer

New Zealander KJ Apa is coming back to the big screen. Teen Vogue reports that the Riverdale star recently got a part in the new movie The Last Summer, a romantic comedy that centres…

Vampires Get Their Teeth into Some Small Screen

Vampires Get Their Teeth into Some Small Screen

A television reboot based on Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s 2014 smash hit mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows has landed a pilot-production order at American channel FX. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the…

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie’s New Role Enigmatic

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie’s New Role Enigmatic

Among the most anticipated films of this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, starring 17-year-old New Zealander Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. Leave No Trace had its world premiere…

Peter Jackson Brings WWI to Life With New 3D Film

Peter Jackson Brings WWI to Life With New 3D Film

“A new 3D film by director Peter Jackson is set to bring the First World War to life in a way never seen before,” writes Laura Lambert in an article in

“This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy” Excels On A Shoestring

“This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy” Excels On A Shoestring

“With an affection for nerd culture that is inversely proportional to its budget, this lo-fi sci-fi comedy is destined for laugh-filled late-night viewing,” writes Kimber Myers in a review in the

NZ Actress One of Sundance Festival’s Breakout Stars

NZ Actress One of Sundance Festival’s Breakout Stars

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie has been named one of the five breakout stars of the Sundance Film Festival in an article in The Hollywood Reporter. The New Zealand actress is starring in Leave No…

Martin Henderson Reveals He’s Yet to Master Accents

Martin Henderson Reveals He’s Yet to Master Accents

He’s the Auckland-born actor best known for his role on American drama Grey’s Anatomy. But despite the show being filmed and set abroad, former Shortland Street heart-throb Martin Henderson, 43, admits he is yet…

Praise for Anthony McCarten’s Darkest Hour

Praise for Anthony McCarten’s Darkest Hour

Written by New Zealand-born filmmaker, Academy Award-nominated Anthony McCarten – best known for the screenplay he wrote for The Theory of Everything – Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour “is an expertly crafted history lesson…

Hollywood Directors Like Niki Caro a Force

Hollywood Directors Like Niki Caro a Force

Never in the history of Hollywood has more than one female filmmaker been at the helm of a feature with a budget of USD$100 million or more – until now. On the heels of…

Beulah Koale’s Role Breakout Performance of ‘17

Beulah Koale’s Role Breakout Performance of ‘17

New Zealand actor Beulah Koale’s role in the 2017 film Thank You For Your Service has been deemed a “breakout” performance of the year by industry publication Variety. “As more people discover this quiet gem…

Anthony McCarten on the Challenge of Churchill

Anthony McCarten on the Challenge of Churchill

Darkest Hour depicts Winston Churchill in the crucial weeks that defined him as a wartime leader. Screen Daily’s Jeremy Kay talks to writer-producer, New Plymouth-born Anthony McCarten and Working Title’s Eric Fellner about taking…

Jumanji Star Rhys Darby’s Profile on Rise in US

Jumanji Star Rhys Darby’s Profile on Rise in US

In the Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, there’s also a cadre of non-playable characters the untested heroes must contend with, one of which is played by New…

Meet the Feebles Had No Taste at All

Meet the Feebles Had No Taste at All

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson has gained the reputation of being a genuine class act, thanks to films like Heavenly Creatures, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and his remake of King Kong. But…

Amazing Race Host Phil Keoghan Amasses 30 Seasons

Amazing Race Host Phil Keoghan Amasses 30 Seasons

With the cold of the Northern Hemisphere winter settling in and outdoor activities coming to a standstill, there’s nothing better to get your heart pumping than reality TV favourite The Amazing Race, hosted by…

Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines Teaser Released

Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines Teaser Released

The first footage of Peter Jackson’s fantasy movie Mortal Engines, an adaptation of Phillip Reeve’s novel, has finally landed,” writes Jack Shepherd in an article for

Home and Away’s George Mason Readies for Finale

Home and Away’s George Mason Readies for Finale

Long-running Australian soap Home and Away has become famous for its dramatic end-of-year finales and according to New Zealand actor George Mason, who plays Summer Bay’s well-meaning bad boy Ash, this year is no…

Top of the Lake Creators Get Together for a Laugh

Top of the Lake Creators Get Together for a Laugh

The team behind Top of the Lake: China Girl plunges into prostitution, illegal surrogacy, motherhood – and humour. New Zealander Jane Campion and Australian collaborators co-creator Gerard Lee and co-director Ariel Kleiman discuss the show in…

Niki Caro Discusses Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Niki Caro Discusses Sexual Harassment in Hollywood

Sharing stories about the bad behaviour of powerful men in Hollywood has long been a perverse practice in the film industry, according to Wellington-born film director Niki Caro (pictured second from right), speaking to…

Maori Moana Soundtrack Released by Disney

Maori Moana Soundtrack Released by Disney

After the animated musical-adventure Moana was translated into Maori and screened for free in 30 theatres across New Zealand in September, Disney has since released the Maori version of the soundtrack. “The film’s best…

New Zealand’s Alternative to Sexiest Man Alive

New Zealand’s Alternative to Sexiest Man Alive

“You don’t have to be a Hemsworth brother or a famously stylish soccer icon to – at least on our list.” In lieu of People’s 2017 choice of country…

Riverdale’s KJ Apa Dresses Up and Down

Riverdale’s KJ Apa Dresses Up and Down

“KJ Apa is the comic book hero next door. (But you already knew that.) As Archie in the surprise-hit series Riverdale, the New Zealand-born actor manages to strike a balance between the wholesome source…

MasterChef Monica Galetti Returns to TV Screens

MasterChef Monica Galetti Returns to TV Screens

If you thought the heat in the kitchen was intense on MasterChef, it’s arguably hotter in its spin-off, MasterChef: The Professionals. The UK’s Daily Express reports. Called TV’s cruellest reality show, the contest challenges real-life…

Grey’s Anatomy Star Martin Henderson Exits Series

Grey’s Anatomy Star Martin Henderson Exits Series

Another doctor has left the building on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. New Zealander Martin Henderson was written out of the drama, following a two-season-plus run as a series regular. Auckland-born Henderson, 43, joined Grey’s as a…

Is Making a Marvel Movie Good for Directors?

Is Making a Marvel Movie Good for Directors?

Filmmakers like New Zealander Taika Waititi can keep never-ending movie sequels from feeling stale, while also attracting critical approval. But are the bonuses that come with Marvel’s largesse enough to combat the downsides of…