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Jemaine Clement Talks Conchords and Vampires

Jemaine Clement Talks Conchords and Vampires

Conchord and vampire Jemaine Clement is interviewed by The Guardian’s Alexander Bisley on his new film What We Do in the Shadows, share homes, and his Maori heritage. Clement is one of the most noted…

Black Ranger Power Given to Local Actor James Davies

Black Ranger Power Given to Local Actor James Davies

New Zealand actor James Davies will co-star as Black Ranger (pictured, far left) in Power Rangers Dino Charge, with the television show confirmed to return to the country for filming of the latest series. Davies…

Hobbit Trilogy Beating the Odds to Hit Screens

Hobbit Trilogy Beating the Odds to Hit Screens

“In one of the most epic feats in recent cinema history, New Zealander director Peter Jackson brought to life Tolkien’s fantastical universe with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Almost a decade later, the…

Lee Tamahori Teams up with Adrien Brody on Emperor

Lee Tamahori Teams up with Adrien Brody on Emperor

Director Lee Tamahori is in the Czech Republic filming Emperor, a movie based on 16th century Roman ruler Charles V and starring A-lister Adrien Brody. The 64-year-old director of cult 90s film Once Were Warriors…

Fassbender to Film in New Zealand

Fassbender to Film in New Zealand

Michael Fassbender is to shoot his new film, The Light Between Oceans, in New Zealand. Despite being set off the Australian coast, Derek Cianfrance’s big-screen adaptation of ML Stedman’s 2012 novel is to be filmed…

Lucy Lawless to Star in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Lucy Lawless to Star in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Former Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, 46, will join the cast of American television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in an unspecified role later this year. According to TV Line, the show is looking to fill…

Kiwi Directs New Katy Perry Video

Kiwi Directs New Katy Perry Video

Joel Kefali has directed music videos for Lorde, The Naked and Famous and David Dallas – but he’s just released his biggest one yet. The Kiwi director is the man behind Katy Perry’s latest video, This…

Revisiting Jane Campion’s Haunting Classic The Piano

Revisiting Jane Campion’s Haunting Classic The Piano

The New Zealand-born director Jane Campion won the 1986 short film Palme d’Or at Cannes with her nine-minute Peel, shared the Palme d’Or for The Piano (with Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine) in 1993,…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Picked for Game of Thrones

Keisha Castle-Hughes Picked for Game of Thrones

Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes will join the cast of hit HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones, starring as Obara Sand, Oberyn’s eldest daughter and a fearsome warrior in her own right. In a video of…

Melanie Lynskey Revising Cinematic Female Archetypes

Melanie Lynskey Revising Cinematic Female Archetypes

Melanie Lynskey has built a career on genuine, naturalistic portrayals of women in films like Up in the Air, Win Win, Hello, I Must Be Going, and, at age 16, in the Peter Jackson-directed…

Photographer David Melcalf Travelling Home with Borneo Tribe

Photographer David Melcalf Travelling Home with Borneo Tribe

In the face of threats to Borneo’s cultural history, New Zealand-born photographer David Metcalf is seeking to help reunite the North Kalimantan Kenya Dayak tribe with their ancestral homelands. Environmentalists estimate that over 52 per…

Planet of the Apes Sequel Motion Rapture by Cinematographer Michael Seresin

Planet of the Apes Sequel Motion Rapture by Cinematographer Michael Seresin

Cinematographer Michael Seresin’s recent work on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is “stunning, especially when we are following the apes swinging through the trees and across girders,” the Birmingham Mail declares in…

Comic-Con Kicks Off Featuring Strong Kiwi Contingent

Comic-Con Kicks Off Featuring Strong Kiwi Contingent

Comic-Con begins in San Diego today, with the New Zealand representatives ranging from Peter Jackson and the Hobbit producers to a small movie made by an Auckland animation school. The Hobbit will be a major…

Antipodean Superheroes Cross the Bridge onto US Screens

Antipodean Superheroes Cross the Bridge onto US Screens

New Zealand-made television series The Almighty Johnsons, which made its American network premiere this month, is reviewed in the Los Angeles Times and stands out according to Robert Lloyd, for its scenery, its 100…

Luther Creator up for an Emmy

Luther Creator up for an Emmy

Neil Cross, the Wellington-based English screenwriter and novelist figures among the Emmy nominations announced in the United States, up for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for the third season of…

From Scotland with Love Narrates a Country’s Heritage

From Scotland with Love Narrates a Country’s Heritage

Compiled from hundreds of hours of archive material, director Virginia Heath’s From Scotland With Love narrates Scottish history and heritage through the lives of everyday people, to a soundtrack by native Kenny Anderson…

Daughter’s Homage to Father Makes US Premiere

Daughter’s Homage to Father Makes US Premiere

Filmmaker Alyx Duncan’s conservationist father is the inspiration for her latest work, a short film mixing puppetry with live action called, The Tide Keeper. The film makes its premiere at the 2014 Palm Springs…

Jackson to Be Honoured with Walk of Fame Star

Jackson to Be Honoured with Walk of Fame Star

Sir Peter Jackson will be immortalised in brass as one of the movie world’s greats with the director set to get his name on a Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame star. “Being honoured with a…

Crossing over Entertainment Mediums at Paris Market

Crossing over Entertainment Mediums at Paris Market

Actress and screenwriter Emily Corcoran, the New Zealand-born founder of London-based Cork Film Ltd., is one of a number of film professionals crossing over to the web, and presented transmedia projects at Cross…

Long May the Embassy Theatre Prosper

Long May the Embassy Theatre Prosper

Wellington’s “architecturally indulgent” Embassy Theatre, which was built in 1924 and restored “to its former glories” in 2003, is included in the Guardian’s Cine-files series. Thomas Page of The Guardian describes the Embassy Theatre is the perfect shop…

Neill and Brown Bring Wonderful Wit to Crime Caper

Neill and Brown Bring Wonderful Wit to Crime Caper

Sam Neill, the Irish born New Zealand actor, joins Australian Bryan Brown on television in “classy new crime caper” Old School. The TV drama is described as “a kind of buddy series crossed with hard-nosed…

Must-See for Those after Palpable Taste of Unique Adventure

Must-See for Those after Palpable Taste of Unique Adventure

What sets docudrama Beyond The Edge apart from hundreds of other accounts of Edmund Hillary and Norgay Tenzing’s Mount Everest ascent is the intimate footage of the small group that set off from base…

Star of Petals on the Wind Captivating

Star of Petals on the Wind Captivating

Star of television’s steamy Petals on the Wind, New Zealand actor Rose McIver, who plays Cathy Sheffield, “emerges as a captivating and surprisingly shrewd leading lady”, Variety reviewer Geoff Berkshire writes. “ up 10…

Director Firmly Back in the Game

Director Firmly Back in the Game

As Jane Campion returns to the Riviera chairing the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Palm d’Or-winning filmmaker tells the Guardian’s Andrew Pulver about surviving as a woman director. Campion was the first…

What It’s Like to Play Every Ethnicity Hollywood Throws Your Way

What It’s Like to Play Every Ethnicity Hollywood Throws Your Way

Over the course of his career, Cliff Curtis, “a Maori from New Zealand”, has played just about every non-white ethnicity: African-American, Arab, Latino, Indian – anything from Pablo Escobar to a lord of the…

Pulp a Fascinating Piece of Work on All Levels

Pulp a Fascinating Piece of Work on All Levels

New Zealand director Florian Habicht’s documentary on British rock band Pulp screens at the Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival in Tel Aviv on from 8-17 May. “Habicht’s portrayal of British rock band Pulp is a…

Cannes Is a Mythical and Exciting Place, Says Campion

Cannes Is a Mythical and Exciting Place, Says Campion

Head of this year’s Cannes jury, Wellington-born director Jane Campion made her name portraying complex, strong-willed female protagonists and knows from first-hand experience that the festival is a place where careers are made. Campion, the…

Julie Rafter Part of the Australian Conscience

Julie Rafter Part of the Australian Conscience

“Vivacious, unpretentious, warm and chatty, Gibney could easily be mistaken for the down-to-earth, caring and protective mother and wife she played on Seven’s popular picket-fence drama Packed to the Rafters, Paul…

Short Western to Screen in Cannes

Short Western to Screen in Cannes

A 15-minute film by Aucklanders Luke Thornborough and Lisa Fothergill, called Jess, will screen at Cannes International Film Festival in the Short Film Corner of the event, in May. Its makers are trying…

Saville and De Lautour Star in Only in HelLA

Saville and De Lautour Star in Only in HelLA

Hit American web series Only in HelLA’s most recent episode, “LA Coffee Shops”, which captured moments in a Los Angeles café, featured New Zealand actors Fleur Saville and David de Lautour. Ironically, the setting…

Lynskey Honoured for Early Mastery of Her Craft

Lynskey Honoured for Early Mastery of Her Craft

New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey has earned herself an Emerging Master award from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, one of the major events of the…

Cooking up a Supervillain in TV Series Arrow

Cooking up a Supervillain in TV Series Arrow

New Zealand-born actor Manu Bennett, 44, has become an overnight sensation starring as Slade Wilson – and his DC Comics’ alter ego Deathstroke – in recently renewed superhero series Arrow. Bennett, who played the Gallic…

Darby’s Sexy Leg Confuses Variety

Darby’s Sexy Leg Confuses Variety

Rhys Darby’s new eight-episode mockumentary Short Poppies is being praised for its “whimsical and winsome” charms ahead of its debut on American screens on Netflix. The LA Times’ Robert Lloyd describes the series as…

Crowe Impressively Grounded as Enigmatic Noah

Crowe Impressively Grounded as Enigmatic Noah

Russell Crowe’s performance in Noah alongside Jennifer Connelly in Darren Aronofsky’s “audacious adaptation of one of the Bible’s best-known but still enigmatic chapters,” is “impressively grounded” and “powerful,” according to Washington Post reviewer Ann…

Star-Studded Everest Film Re-Treks Fatal Expedition

Star-Studded Everest Film Re-Treks Fatal Expedition

The story of Christchurch mountaineer Rob Hall’s tragic 1996 Everest expedition in which he, a fellow guide, and two clients perished, is being made into a film by director Baltasar Kormakur, and will star…

Music Man Reunites with the Muppets

Music Man Reunites with the Muppets

Having worked on the 2011 film The Muppets (winning an Oscar for his soul-searching power ballad Man or Muppet), 37-year-old New Zealander Bret McKenzie was signed up for the follow-up, a crime caper called…

On the Hippie Trail with Lonely Planet’s Founders

On the Hippie Trail with Lonely Planet’s Founders

The journey that spawned publishing empire, Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s trek from London to Australia via the hippy trail in 1972, has taken the first step on a new odyssey –…

Teen Environmental Animation Premiers at US Festival

Teen Environmental Animation Premiers at US Festival

A short film by 16-year-old Nastasha Bishop has had its US premier at the prestigious Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC at the weekend. As the Washington Post notes, the festival is misnamed. These…

Tinkerbell Now Brain-Eating Med Student in Zombie Series

Tinkerbell Now Brain-Eating Med Student in Zombie Series

Star of American series Once Upon A Time New Zealander Rose McIver, who played Tinkerbell in the show, has been cast in the lead role of medical student Liv in zombie crime fighter pilot,…

Pulp a Handsome Cinematic Homage to Unique Band

Pulp a Handsome Cinematic Homage to Unique Band

A documentary about Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker directed by New Zealander Florian Habicht (pictured) is a “witty, warmhearted, imaginative documentary about the British farewell hometown show”, says a review in the Hollywood Reporter. “Though…

‘Housebound’ Debuts at SXSW

‘Housebound’ Debuts at SXSW

Is the New Zealand horror-comedy back? At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s vampire mock doc ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ was one of the strongest in…

Warner Bros Buys Rights to NZer’s Book with Bradley Cooper to Star

Warner Bros Buys Rights to NZer’s Book with Bradley Cooper to Star

A crime drama based on an upcoming book by New Zealander Ben Sanders called American Blood, has been purchased by Warner Brothers and will star Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper who will also produce. At least…

There’s a New Sheriff in Town

There’s a New Sheriff in Town

New Zealand actor Martin Henderson, 39, stars as sheriff Harold Jensen in Sundance Channel’s new thriller The Red Road. Dark and dramatic, The Red Road is set in in the fictional town of Walpole, New…

Rose McIver Stars in Flowers in the Attic TV Sequel

Rose McIver Stars in Flowers in the Attic TV Sequel

Twenty-six-year-old Rose McIver has been confirmed to play the role of Cathy Dollanganger in Petals on the Wind, American cable network Lifetime’s upcoming sequel to its hit adaptation of Virginia Andrews’s Flowers in the…

Super Bowl Advertising Hilarity Starring Sookie and P Diddy

Super Bowl Advertising Hilarity Starring Sookie and P Diddy

Anna Paquin, 31, and True Blood co-star and real life husband Stephen Moyer starred in a “hilarious” Super Bowl commercial alongside P Diddy on 2 February “and it certainly created a buzz”, reported the…

Metaphorical Moustache Twirling as Villain Otto Luger

Metaphorical Moustache Twirling as Villain Otto Luger

“From fleeing dinosaurs in Jurassic Park to Oscar-lauded films like The Piano and historical dramas like The Tudors, Sam Neill has treated his acting life like a grand escapade,” Richard Whittaker writes for the…

Jackson Hits His Personal Stride with Smaug

Jackson Hits His Personal Stride with Smaug

Peter Jackson explains how The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in his Hobbit trilogy, brought certain freedoms and how the “sole responsibility of this film foot on the…

TV Actor Antony Starr Proving a Fighting Force in Banshee’s Second Season

TV Actor Antony Starr Proving a Fighting Force in Banshee’s Second Season

New Zealand actor Antony Starr is carving a name for himself in the American TV industry, with the second season of his show ‘Banshee’ premiering this month. In an interview with The Star Online, Starr,…

Season’s Greetings from the Sundance Film Festival

Season’s Greetings from the Sundance Film Festival

New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey and Up in the Air award-winner Anna Kendrick star in Joe Swanberg’s latest low-budget feature, Happy Christmas, which made its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on in…

You Don’t Say No to a Director like Campion

You Don’t Say No to a Director like Campion

The fact that Jane Campion’s drama Top of the Lake has been so well received only makes sense to American actress Holly Hunter, who played feminist seer GJ in the award-winning series. “It’s been energising…

Shrewdly Cast Star of Free Ride Conveys Breezy Believability

Shrewdly Cast Star of Free Ride Conveys Breezy Believability

New Zealand actress Anna Paquin is “shrewdly cast” in Shana Betz’s feature debut, Free Ride. Set in 1977, Paquin plays Christina, a single mother escaping an abusive relationship and starting a new life in…

Waititi’s Vampire: Mind the Furnishings!

Waititi’s Vampire: Mind the Furnishings!

Acclaimed New Zealand auteurs Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement are garnering rave reviews for their vampire mockumentary, What We Do In The Shadows, which has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, America’s finest showcase…

Zoe Bell Recognised for Changing Places in Film

Zoe Bell Recognised for Changing Places in Film

Waiheke born Zoe Bell is being recognised for her crossover into the mainstream acting industry, in two recent articles on rogerebert.com and the Wall Street Journal. In the articles Bell talks about…

Campion to Preside over Cannes Jury

Campion to Preside over Cannes Jury

New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion will preside over the jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival, succeeding last year’s president Steven Spielberg. This year’s festival takes place 14-25 May. Campion is the only female director…

Stunt Icon Raises Issues of Violence and Victimisation

Stunt Icon Raises Issues of Violence and Victimisation

New Zealand Stuntwoman and actress Zoë Bell’s film Raze is one of three out this January, which “tackle semi-weighty issues of violence, victimization, sexuality and gender.” The online arts and culture magazine Salon describes Raze…

Wellington Vampires Tell Their Story at Sundance

Wellington Vampires Tell Their Story at Sundance

New Zealand horror comedy film, the Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement-directed What We Do in the Shadows, will make its world premiere on 19 January in the Midnight section at the Sundance Film…