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Sara Wiseman and Craig Hall Acting Up Together

Sara Wiseman and Craig Hall Acting Up Together

New Zealand actors and couple Sara Wiseman, 45, and Craig Hall, 43, work together on Australian series A Place to Call Home. Wiseman, who grew up in Auckland, gives the Herald Sun her tips…

New Zealand Film Team Transforms London

New Zealand Film Team Transforms London

The bestselling book by Peter Reeve, Mortal Engines, is now being adapted for film by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, with visual effects specialist New Zealander Christian Rivers directing the project and…

KJ Apa Chats About Archie’s Second Season

KJ Apa Chats About Archie’s Second Season

Right now, only a handful of people know what happens after the big cliffhanger from Riverdale’s season one finale: whether or not Fred Andrews, who was shot in Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe, has survived. But…

New Zealand Contingent Screenwriting Pioneers

New Zealand Contingent Screenwriting Pioneers

“To make a good film,” Alfred Hitchcock once said, “you need three things: the script, the script, and the script.” Yet while it’s easy to find (and argue over) lists of the greatest films…

Rising Star Vinnie Bennett Hits Toronto

Rising Star Vinnie Bennett Hits Toronto

New Zealander Vinnie Bennett, 25, who stars in Nic Gorman’s Human Traces, was one of seven actors selected to participate in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF’s) Rising Stars programme. For four days during…

Toronto Film Fest Review of Human Traces

Toronto Film Fest Review of Human Traces

“A sub-Antarctic research station is the setting for Human Traces, a twisty psychological thriller from promising New Zealand director Nic Gorman,” Richard Kuipers writes in a review for Variety. “Isolation is anything but splendid in…

NZ-UK Co-Production 6 Days to Screen on Netflix

NZ-UK Co-Production 6 Days to Screen on Netflix

The heroism of SAS soldier, Scotland-born John McAleese is being brought to the small screen in a joint £20 million UK-New Zealand co-production called 6 Days, which screens on Netflix on 3 November. The…

Waru “An Authentic, Multi-Voiced Story”

Waru “An Authentic, Multi-Voiced Story”

“A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s contemporary Maori community, Waru brings a sense of dramatic, urgent realism to a story that plays out like a suspenseful mystery,” writes Deborah Young in an article for…

Jane Campion’s Real Life Motherhood Plot

Jane Campion’s Real Life Motherhood Plot

Amidst Top of the Lake: China Girl’s central thematic story lines related to motherhood – Mary’s relationship with Julia grows tense as she gets to know Robin – there was a real-life motherhood “plot”…

NZ Acting Coach Miranda Harcourt Gets Emmy Shout Out From Nicole Kidman

NZ Acting Coach Miranda Harcourt Gets Emmy Shout Out From Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has thanked Wellington acting coach Miranda Harcourt in her heartfelt acceptance speech after winning an Emmy for her role on the TV series Big Little Lies, as reported…

Jane Campion on Her Ovarian Series

Jane Campion on Her Ovarian Series

The legality of prostitution and commercial surrogacy, the exploitation of women involved in both – in the end, Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl explored those issues more than it explored the…

Sam Neill Nominated for Another Emmy

Sam Neill Nominated for Another Emmy

A few days out from the Emmy Awards, where Sam Neill, 70, has been nominated in the outstanding narrator category for his work on documentary series Wild New Zealand, the actor showed he was…

Kimberley Crossman To Star in Showtime’s ‘SMILF’

Kimberley Crossman To Star in Showtime’s ‘SMILF’

“The upcoming Showtime comedy series SMILF has cast New Zealand-born actress Kimberley Crossman in a recurring role,” reports Joe Otterson for Variety. Crossman will play Kit-Cat, the roommate of…

Callan Mulvey Joins Outlaw King Cast

Callan Mulvey Joins Outlaw King Cast

Auckland-born actor Callan Mulvey, 42, is joining the cast of upcoming American-Scottish historical action drama Outlaw King, which will be aired on Netflix. According to Variety, Mulvey will be playing the role of Sir John…

Stefania LaVie Owen Cast in Dick Cheney Biopic Casts

Stefania LaVie Owen Cast in Dick Cheney Biopic Casts

Kiwi actress “Stefania LaVie Owen has joined Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Amy Adams, and Bill Pullman in Annapura’s Dick Cheney biopic, titled Backseat, written and directed by Adam McKay,” as reported on

How Rugby Helped Jared James In Japan

How Rugby Helped Jared James In Japan

For a Japanese national, the question of why a person from the West would come to Japan is a fascinating one, so much so that there’s even a TV show about it: You wa…

Richard Wilkins Shares Wildest Backstage Memories

Richard Wilkins Shares Wildest Backstage Memories

“As an entertainment reporter for more than 30 years, you’d have a lot to talk about,” writes Benjamin Potter in an article in the Daily Mail. He’s referring to Richard…

Small Screen Gives Jane Campion New Space to Shine

Small Screen Gives Jane Campion New Space to Shine

In a review of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, which is currently screening on BBC2 in the UK, the Guardian’s Sam Wollaston says that not only is lead Elisabeth Moss “mesmerising,…

Start Getting Excited About Taika Waititi’s Thor

Start Getting Excited About Taika Waititi’s Thor

The Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Ragnarok might just be “one of the greatest Marvel movies ever,” according to Forbes contributor Dani Di Placido. It’s shorter, a lot was improvised, and it’s embracing the insanity of…

Danielle Cormack Sees Kenya’s Drought Firsthand

Danielle Cormack Sees Kenya’s Drought Firsthand

Danielle Cormack, the New Zealand-born actress well known for her on-screen roles in Australian television shows Wentworth, Rake and Deep Water, has spoken of her first-hand experience of the devastating impact of climate change…

Phil Keoghan Captures Essence of NZ in New Show

Phil Keoghan Captures Essence of NZ in New Show

Phil Keoghan’s 16-year tenure as host of The Amazing Race means he never spends too much time in any given place. But in his off-time from jet setting around the world filming the show’s…

Weta Digital Underway on Avatar Sequels

Weta Digital Underway on Avatar Sequels

“Weta Digital has announced that it has gotten underway on the four Avatar sequels that James Cameron will direct for Fox,” writes Mike Fleming Jr in an article for Deadline…

The Life Of A Zombie: Rose McIver Says It’s Great

The Life Of A Zombie: Rose McIver Says It’s Great

In iZombie Kiwi actress Rose McIver’s world as a zombie is ever-changing, which often makes preparation difficult. “In the series, McIver’s character, a zombified medical examiner, has to snack on others’ brains in order…

Jane Campion is a Clever Person Doing TV

Jane Campion is a Clever Person Doing TV

From Sweetie to The Piano, New Zealander Jane Campion has made some of cinema’s strangest, strongest films. So why has she switched to the small screen? The Guardian investigates. It is eight years since Campion,…

Earth Live With Phil Keoghan for Nat Geo

Earth Live With Phil Keoghan for Nat Geo

Phil Keoghan has seen the world for 29 seasons as host of The Amazing Race. But the New Zealander had never seen the world the way he did on last week’s two-hour National Geographic…

Jane Campion on Inspiration Behind New TOTL Series

Jane Campion on Inspiration Behind New TOTL Series

Fans of the critically acclaimed crime drama Top of the Lake will be eagerly awaiting its return at the end of this month – but writer New Zealand-born Jane Campion admits to the Observer…

John Clarke Remembered in Final Tribute

John Clarke Remembered in Final Tribute

Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham and Gina Riley joined a line-up of some of Australia’s biggest names in television to pay a final tribute to renowned satirist, Palmerston North-born John Clarke in a packed out…

iZombie and Rose McIver Still Winning Fans

iZombie and Rose McIver Still Winning Fans

Season three of the “enjoyable series” iZombie, “an adaptation of the DC Comic of the same name and starring New Zealand-born actress Rose McIver, 28, has continued to get the basics right while expanding…

Producer David Metcalf’s Indonesian Labour of Love

Producer David Metcalf’s Indonesian Labour of Love

Produced by photographer New Zealander David Metcalf and directed by Indonesian filmmaker Erick Est, documentary Journey to Long Saan is a three-year labour of love that explores themes related to Kenyah Dayak tribe elder…

NZ a World Power of High-End Filmmaking

NZ a World Power of High-End Filmmaking

“Breathtaking landscapes have long made New Zealand a prime filming location. Where else, after all, can one find alpine glaciers side by side with subtropical seacoasts?” entertainment trade magazine Variety writes. “Plus, the country’s highly…

Indie Auteur Taiki Waititi’s Takes on Growing Up

Indie Auteur Taiki Waititi’s Takes on Growing Up

Masculine society is a fragile and insecure thing, and few writers or directors understand that more than New Zealand-born filmmaker Taika Waititi, according to Leigh Monson writing for Substream Magazine. “Once best known for writing…

Director Florian Habicht on His Latest Film

Director Florian Habicht on His Latest Film

Florian Habicht’s unconventional approach to filmmaking has won him critical acclaim and kept discerning film fans entertained for more than a decade. For his latest project, the Berlin-born New Zealander ventures into the creepy,…

Actor Tim Kano Happy to Call Melbourne Home

Actor Tim Kano Happy to Call Melbourne Home

For a New Zealander who has lived, worked, studied, and travelled abroad, Neighbours star Tim Kano, 29, is happy to call Melbourne home, Catherine Nikas-Boulos writes for the Daily Telegraph. The former Wellingtonian, who plays…

Jane Campion’s China Girl is Unforgettable

Jane Campion’s China Girl is Unforgettable

“Is it a movie? Is it a TV show? Whatever you call it, Jane Campion’s latest is as beautiful and soul-stirring as anything you’ll see this year,” David Ehrlich writes in a “grade A”…

Roger Donaldson’s Doco McLaren Filling the Gaps

Roger Donaldson’s Doco McLaren Filling the Gaps

An Australian who emigrated to New Zealand in 1965, Roger Donaldson, 71, cut his teeth in documentaries and TV before launching into a career in feature films. His first feature was Sleeping Dogs in…

Jane Campion Says Cannes Needs All-Female Juries

Jane Campion Says Cannes Needs All-Female Juries

New Zealander Jane Campion, 63, has just shown the full six hours of her new series, Top Of The Lake: China Girl to audiences at Cannes. At the festival, Campion bemoaned that, just three…

KJ Apa Speaks About His Coveted Archie Role

KJ Apa Speaks About His Coveted Archie Role

New Zealand-born actor KJ Apa, 19, star of television series Riverdale, talks with Los Angeles Confidential about his comic book romance, that fiery red hair, and what it’s like having ‘90s icon parents. When a…

Cliff Curtis Signs On For Lead Role in Avatar Sequel

Cliff Curtis Signs On For Lead Role in Avatar Sequel

Cliff Curtis will join James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels in a lead role. “The New Zealand-born actor will play Tonowari, who is the leader of the Metkayina, the reef people clan,” writes Anthony D’Alessandro…

Sam Neill Speaks about Tiny Rowland TV Role

Sam Neill Speaks about Tiny Rowland TV Role

New Zealand actor Sam Neill stars in Channel Nine’s television miniseries about Australian businessman Alan Bond’s life and said he was sure people would enjoy watching the “rollercoaster” ride. “You’re familiar with the story of…

Filmmaker Florian Habicht Gets Spooked

Filmmaker Florian Habicht Gets Spooked

For his latest documentary, Spookers, which just made its world premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, New Zealander Florian Habicht, 42, set his sights on something that has become an unlikely…

Why Lorde Is a Great Dancer

Why Lorde Is a Great Dancer

Lorde’s unpolished dancing has drawn a mixture of criticism and backhanded praise from the public and press throughout her career. Perhaps it’s more accurate – and less patronising – to view the way she…

Pork Pie Reboot Hits Australian Theatres

Pork Pie Reboot Hits Australian Theatres

New Zealand’s Pork Pie screened recently as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival and is reviewed by Jake Tired for Australian entertainment news site, The Iris ahead of the film’s release in Australian…

Taika Waititi Confirms Thor Cameo

Taika Waititi Confirms Thor Cameo

“With a very popular trailer already out, Marvel fans probably thought they already knew everything there was to know about the cast of Thor: Ragnarok,” according to…

Top of the Lake Season Two More Accessible

Top of the Lake Season Two More Accessible

Critics loved Top of the Lake, New Zealander Jane Campion’s dark crime drama, starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin, the police detective tasked with finding out why a…

Rose McIver on the Many Brains of IZombie

Rose McIver on the Many Brains of IZombie

For the past two seasons of The CW series iZombie, star Rose McIver has managed to enjoy relative anonymity when the cameras stopped rolling. Thanks to the deathly pale zombie complexion and platinum wig…

First Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Released

First Thor: Ragnarok Trailer Released

The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, which was directed by Taika Waititi, has been released, as reported in an article in The Guardian. “Following on from the events of Avengers: Age…

Phil Keoghan’s LE RIDE Tours USA

Phil Keoghan’s LE RIDE Tours USA

Phil Keoghan, New Zealander extraordinaire, host of ten-time Emmy Award-winning show The Amazing Race, travels the U.S. in April to screen his critically-acclaimed documentary feature film LE RIDE. LE RIDE recently…

Riverdale Is a Guilt-Free Pleasure to Watch

Riverdale Is a Guilt-Free Pleasure to Watch

“‘Archie got hot – he has abs now!’ An actual line in the pilot episode of Riverdale,” which is Toronto Star columnist Shinan Govani’s latest innocent viewing pleasure, he admits. The lead role of…

Ambition Got Niki Caro to Where She Is Today

Ambition Got Niki Caro to Where She Is Today

Picturing yourself as a successful movie director – then getting there – is notoriously tough for a woman in the United States, the epicentre of the movie industry. For a young woman in New…

Nathalie Boltt Joins KJ Apa in Riverdale

Nathalie Boltt Joins KJ Apa in Riverdale

Wellington-based actress Nathalie Boltt has been missing fish and chips on the beach with her husband and son. The Riverdale star (she plays Penelope Blossom) is originally from South Africa but its her adopted…

Deliberating on the Taika-Esqueness of Thor

Deliberating on the Taika-Esqueness of Thor

Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi talks to the Guardian about joining the Marvel universe with his interpretation of Thor, which is due out in the United States in November. As far as whetting…

Meet The Rock’s Body Double Kelly Mcnaught

Meet The Rock’s Body Double Kelly Mcnaught

Kawerau chef Kelly Mcnaught was serving up food at a Gold Coast café when a customer asked if he could photograph him. “Then I got a Facebook message from an agent asking if I’d…

Clive James on Sam Neill’s Richly Sane Career

Clive James on Sam Neill’s Richly Sane Career

“Performers do best to do their best every time. By no paradox, it is easier to maintain this attitude if you are not being treated as a deity,” Australian broadcaster and critic Clive James…

Annie Goldson’s Film Unravels Dotcom Drama

Annie Goldson’s Film Unravels Dotcom Drama

Kim Dotcom’s personal story is Shakespearean in its ups and downs, says New Zealander Annie Goldson, the director behind a documentary that has just had its premiere in the United States. When flamboyant internet entrepreneur Dotcom…

Why Filmmaker Niki Caro Travels

Why Filmmaker Niki Caro Travels

Notions of “home” and “away” get blurry when you’re a citizen of the world. So what does it mean to travel? For Niki Caro, Wellington-born writer and the director of soon-to-be-released The Zookeeper’s Wife,…

It’s Time to Rethink Peter Jackson’s King Kong

It’s Time to Rethink Peter Jackson’s King Kong

“History has been too unkind to which should be remembered not as lumbering and mindless, but as majestic and mesmerising,” according to critic Chris Hartwell writing for…