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Hunt for the Wilderpeople Transcends Boundaries

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Transcends Boundaries

New Zealand “recently found its top native filmmaker in the unlikely form of 40-year-old comedian and actor Taika Waititi,” writes Ken Korman in a Hunt for the Wilderpeople review for The Gambit. “Hunt…

Ride With Pete’s Dragon in 360 Flyover Experience

Ride With Pete’s Dragon in 360 Flyover Experience

Walt Disney has given fans an opportunity to ride with Pete’s pet dragon Elliott (Pete’s Dragon) in a VR/360 experience that was created with the help of Air New Zealand, Nokia; Tourism New Zealand…

Rhys Darby Gets Wrecked

Rhys Darby Gets Wrecked

Rhys Darby is keeping busy. When IndieWire got the Aucklander on the phone, he was in Vancouver filming an unspecified role in the upcoming series adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was…

DJ Zane Lowe Queues Up His Summer Faves

DJ Zane Lowe Queues Up His Summer Faves

From a moody duet to a Mac Miller joyful four-on-the-floor groove, Auckland-born DJ, producer and poptimist Zane Lowe shares the songs he’s got queued up this summer for the Guardian’s regular column, The Playlist. Lowe,…

‘Accidents, Blunders & Calamities’ Wins Best Animated Film at Comic-Con

‘Accidents, Blunders & Calamities’ Wins Best Animated Film at Comic-Con

Kiwi short film Accidents, Blunders and Calamities produced by students from Auckland’s Media Design School, has taken out the prize for Best Animated Film at the 2016 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival…

Tickled: “Compelling, Enthralling and Very Entertaining”

Tickled: “Compelling, Enthralling and Very Entertaining”

A lot of people think of documentaries as “ultra somber, serious cinema exercises”, writes Jim Batts in a WeAreMovieGeeks review.  Tickled is different. It’s “entertaining, just as funny as many…

Star Trek’s Karl Urban Meets Hero Harrison Ford

Star Trek’s Karl Urban Meets Hero Harrison Ford

A perk of working for producer J.J. Abrams on Star Trek Beyond was the chance for Wellington-born actor Karl Urban, 44, to visit his boss’ other set. And for Urban, a lifelong Harrison Ford…

New BBC Doco Explores Our Mythical Islands

New BBC Doco Explores Our Mythical Islands

“In New Zealand, you’ll be interested to learn, there are more species of penguin than anywhere else in the world,” the Independent’s deputy managing editor Sean O’Grady writes in a preview of BBC Two…

Rose McIver on Her Early Acting Days

Rose McIver on Her Early Acting Days

Kiwi actress Rose McIver, who plays lead character Liv Moore in the iZombie series, recently said she wasn’t satisfied with her early acting performance. When the actress, who is required to take on an American…

Hollywood Is Finally Ready For Taika Waititi

Hollywood Is Finally Ready For Taika Waititi

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi “has been put at the forefront of Disney’s push toward diversity. But that doesn’t mean he’s committing to a career in studio movies,” writes Alison Willmore in an article…

Keisha Castle-Hughes Speechless When Cast Against Jaime Lannister

Keisha Castle-Hughes Speechless When Cast Against Jaime Lannister

Kiwi actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays Obara Sand in “Game Of Thrones”, said that she felt really nervous and excited when she was given the chance to act against the character of Jaime Lannister…

Wilderpeople Lavished with Praise in US

Wilderpeople Lavished with Praise in US

“Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can’t believe your luck. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is such a film,” Los…

Taika Waititi on Marvel’s First Female Supervillain

Taika Waititi on Marvel’s First Female Supervillain

In October New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi “landed the biggest job of his career when Marvel handed him the reins to their superhero threequel Thor: Ragnarok,” writes Jen Yamato for The Daily…

Taika Waititi Relates Wilderpeople Scene

Taika Waititi Relates Wilderpeople Scene

Director Taika Waititi narrates a scene for the New York Times from his comedy adventure film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which opens 24 June in the United States. “At this point in the film, Ricky…

Smoothly Shot Tickled Undeniably Compelling

Smoothly Shot Tickled Undeniably Compelling

“About half an hour into the queasily entertaining documentary Tickled, we’re introduced to a Florida man named Richard Ivey, who runs a lucrative video website catering to those who share his highly specific fetish,”…

Josh James to Star in Dual Survival Season 8

Josh James to Star in Dual Survival Season 8

Josh James an “experienced outdoorsman from New Zealand’s South Island” will join the cast for Dual Survival Season 8. The Kiwi has “lived off the grid for years, hunting and fishing to provide for…

Marvel-lous Opportunity for Niki Caro

Marvel-lous Opportunity for Niki Caro

New Zealand independent director Niki Caro is one of two frontrunners to oversee Captain Marvel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The other possibility to helm the film is Australian Jennifer Kent. Wellington-born Caro and Kent…

Andrew Dominik Helms New Nick Cave Doco

Andrew Dominik Helms New Nick Cave Doco

In conjunction with forthcoming Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Skeleton Tree, Wellington-born director Andrew Dominik, 48, has made a documentary, One More Time With Feeling, which focuses on the tragic circumstances that…

Sam Neill Cuts to the Chase

Sam Neill Cuts to the Chase

In a Q&A with the Guardian, New Zealand actor Sam Neill talks about his father’s war medals, the Fifa film and a secret about his real name. Born in Northern Ireland, Neill, 68, grew up…

Mime Sam Wills Stuns on America’s Got Talent

Mime Sam Wills Stuns on America’s Got Talent

New Zealand mime Sam Wills, 37, aka The Boy With Tape on His Face, has wowed judges, the live studio audience, and an estimated 11 million viewers, at his audition for America’s Got Talent. Judge…

Anna Paquin Returns to the South in Roots

Anna Paquin Returns to the South in Roots

Forty years after the original Roots gripped half the United States, a more violent and more accurate remake is here, the Hollywood Reporter’s Marissa Guthrie writes, gambling on big stars including New Zealander Anna…

Top of the Lake Two Never Meant to Be Says Campion

Top of the Lake Two Never Meant to Be Says Campion

New Zealand-born director Jane Campion has said she never expected to be working on Top Of The Lake again and that she was surprised by the success of the original 2013 BBC miniseries that…

The Kiwi Film You Need To See

The Kiwi Film You Need To See

The New Zealand smash hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople has knocked Batman vs Superman off number one and has beat Boy to become the highest grossing film of all time in New Zealand. According…

Karl Urban to Star in Thor: Ragnarok

Karl Urban to Star in Thor: Ragnarok

Kiwi actor Karl Urban will join the cast in the upcoming Taika Waititi-helmed Thor: Ragnarok as Skurge. “It’s a fantastic story and a really great character who has got a wonderful arc. I’m super excited…

Joe Naufahu Looks to next Role after Thrones Stint

Joe Naufahu Looks to next Role after Thrones Stint

We all know that Game of Thrones keeps its secrets even from its own cast members, but when it came to episode 4’s fiery finale involving New Zealander Joe Naufahu, 38, there were some…

Duo Wins Film Rights to Bestselling Capital

Duo Wins Film Rights to Bestselling Capital

New Zealanders Matthew Metcalfe and Justin Pemberton have acquired the film rights to French economist Thomas Piketty’s 2013 global bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century. In Cannes, the pair unveiled their plans for the…

Martin Henderson Talks on Grey’s Anatomy Role

Martin Henderson Talks on Grey’s Anatomy Role

New Zealand actor Martin Henderson, 41, who plays Dr Nathan Riggs in the long-running popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, is profiled in Singapore’s Straits Times. The handsome neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) had been dubbed…

Sam Neill Says NZ Cinema like Nothing Else on Earth

Sam Neill Says NZ Cinema like Nothing Else on Earth

In a career of almost unparalleled versatility, Sam Neill’s latest role in Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople finds him returning to his roots. Elle Hunt tracks the New Zealander down in Sydney for…

Peter Jackson Pro Screening Room First-Run Rental

Peter Jackson Pro Screening Room First-Run Rental

One director in favour of Napster co-founder Sean Parker’s potential industry-disrupting startup – to sell first-run movies to home viewers at US$50 a pop – is Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director behind The…

Russell Crowe to Star in The Mummy Remake

Russell Crowe to Star in The Mummy Remake

“Russell Crowe has confirmed he will star in “The Mummy” reboot as Dr. Henry Jekyll alongside Tom Cruise,” as reported in KPUG 1170. The movie will be quite different from the Brendan Fraser-fronted…

Banshee Star Antony Starr Reflects on Cult Series

Banshee Star Antony Starr Reflects on Cult Series

Fans of Cinemax’s highest rated original show Banshee are on the edge of their collective seats to see just where the show’s central figure – played with a combination of extreme grit and deep-rooted…

Taika Waititi Proves to Be Box-Office Gold in NZ

Taika Waititi Proves to Be Box-Office Gold in NZ

“Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi rules the box office in his homeland of New Zealand,” writes Pip Bulbeck for The Hollywood Reporter. Two of his films are now the top New Zealand films at…

Notes to Eternity – Impressive and Affecting

Notes to Eternity – Impressive and Affecting

A  meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict, the documentary feature film notes to eternity, directed and produced by New Zealander Sarah Cordery, centers on the lives and ideas of three Jewish Americans: world renowned public…

Game of Thrones Star Joseph Naufahu Never Loses

Game of Thrones Star Joseph Naufahu Never Loses

Game of Thrones star, New Zealand-born Joseph Naufahu, 38, talks with People magazine about the problems of speaking Dothraki, and about fighting in his underwear. Naufahu, who made his debut as Khal Moro in the…

Zoë Bell Honoured at Artemis Women In Action Film Festival

Zoë Bell Honoured at Artemis Women In Action Film Festival

Auckland-born actress and stuntwoman Zoë Bell has been honoured as Stunt Icon at the Artemis Women In Action Film Festival in Beverly Hills, California. She received the award as a woman whose “name has become…

Kiwi Film to Premiere at Sci-Fi London Film Festival

Kiwi Film to Premiere at Sci-Fi London Film Festival

New Zealand feature film This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy (short Boulder) will premiere at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival in May. The film previously had a fantastic reception at the…

Getting into Character with Cliff Curtis

Getting into Character with Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis wasn’t the first choice to play Genesis Potini, admits Dark Horse director James Napier Robertson, who was in Washington recently to promote the film to US audiences. Robertson says he never even considered…

Actor Manu Bennett Returns to TV Roots

Actor Manu Bennett Returns to TV Roots

Rotorua-born film and television star Manu Bennett, 46, one of the big drawcards at the recent 2016 Supanova Pop Culture Expo, cut his teeth as an actor on the Gold Coast back in 1993 as…

Shanghai to Host Kiwi Film Festival

Shanghai to Host Kiwi Film Festival

The 2016 New Zealand Film Festival will be hosted in Shanghai from April 21 to 30.  7 recent productions, which cover a wide range of genre and styles including biopic, romantic comedy and suspense,…

The Anatomy of Martin Henderson

The Anatomy of Martin Henderson

New Zealand actor Martin Henderson spoke to DaMan about joining the cast of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and staying true to his roots amid the glitz and glam of showbiz. When asked how he was…

‘The Guinea Pig Club’ Film on Sir Archibald McIndoe in the Works

‘The Guinea Pig Club’ Film on Sir Archibald McIndoe in the Works

‘The Guinea Pig Club’ about Sir Archibald McIndoe, the Kiwi plastic surgeon who gave horribly disfigured WWII pilots a reason to live, is just months away from getting the green light. Roger Donaldson, who directed The World’s…

The Dark Horse Opens to Acclaim in US

The Dark Horse Opens to Acclaim in US

James Napier Robertson’s film The Dark Horse, starring the “magnetic” Cliff Curtis, has opened in the United States to glowing reviews from critics. Robert Abele, writing for the Los Angeles Times, said: “star Curtis is…

Game of Thrones Star Joins Top of the Lake

Game of Thrones Star Joins Top of the Lake

Gwendoline Christie, who plays popular Game of Thrones character Brienne of Tarth, will join Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss in a new season of the much-praised Jane Campion TV show Top of the Lake,…

Martin Henderson Not Taking Fame Too Seriously

Martin Henderson Not Taking Fame Too Seriously

Just how did the star of Grey’s Anatomy New Zealander Martin Henderson, 41, get so comfortable with the slings and arrows of a business which can literally plaster you sky high on billboards one…

Lucy Lawless Separating Real Life from Xena

Lucy Lawless Separating Real Life from Xena

In an interview with Australia’s Sunrise breakfast television programme, New Zealand actor Lucy Lawless, who shot to fame with her role as Xena over 20 years ago, said she was more than happy to…

Director Taika Waititi’s New Film “A Love Letter to 1970s New Zealand Cinema”

Director Taika Waititi’s New Film “A Love Letter to 1970s New Zealand Cinema”

Taika Waititi spoke with Vice about his new film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which stars Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley and Rhys Darby and is based on Wild Pork and Watercress…

Sam Neill to Play Texan Patriarch in TV’s The Son

Sam Neill to Play Texan Patriarch in TV’s The Son

New Zealand actor Sam Neill will star in the AMC television network drama The Son, playing the patriarch of a Texas family in a multigenerational story of the clan’s rise and fall. Production on the…

Jono Kenyon To Star in Shonda Rhimes ‘Toast’

Jono Kenyon To Star in Shonda Rhimes ‘Toast’

Kiwi actor Jono Kenyon has landed the male lead in Toast – ABC’s hybrid comedy pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland – alongside Grey’s Anatomy alumna Tessa Ferrer. “So excited to announce my next project! Lead role in an…

Mark Vette Teaching UK Dogs How to Fly Planes

Mark Vette Teaching UK Dogs How to Fly Planes

New Zealander Mark Vette, a professional animal psychologist and zoologist, is currently working on new British television show, Dogs Might Fly. Vette, who taught Monty, the giant schnauzer, to drive a car,…

Lesley Vanderwalt’s Post-Apocalyptic Beauty Tips

Lesley Vanderwalt’s Post-Apocalyptic Beauty Tips

New Zealand-born Lesley Vanderwalt, who won both an Oscar for hairstyling and make-up at this year’s Academy Awards and the equivalent at the 2016 BAFTAs, talks to Vogue about bringing Mad Max: Fury Road’s…

White Lies Unfolds with Inexorable Weight

White Lies Unfolds with Inexorable Weight

The 2013 feature film by Mexican director Dana Rotberg, White Lies, is “quiet, graceful, stately and infused with slow tension,” according to New York Times reviewer Paul Wester. “Set in rural New Zealand, the movie…

Zoë Bell Stands in for Herself in Camino

Zoë Bell Stands in for Herself in Camino

Quentin Tarantino’s “favourite stunt double,” New Zealander Zoë Bell, 37, “sturdily stands in for herself” in Camino, a survival-thriller set in the jungles of Colombia circa 1985. The Los Angeles Times reviews the film: “Bell plays…

KJ Apa Lands Archie Andrews Role in US

KJ Apa Lands Archie Andrews Role in US

Eighteen-year-old New Zealand-born KJ Apa, best known for his Shortland Street role as Kane Jenkins, has been cast as Archie Andrews in US television network series Riverdale. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Riverdale had difficulty…

Re-Examining The Piano’s Kinky Music Lessons

Re-Examining The Piano’s Kinky Music Lessons

“Films about mute piano players embroiled in erotic love triangles never did become a burgeoning genre. Perhaps that’s because it’s virtually impossible to imagine another equalling writer/director Jane Campion’s 1993 magnum opus: an extraordinarily…

Melanie Lynskey Acts the Only Way She Can: Honestly

Melanie Lynskey Acts the Only Way She Can: Honestly

Actor Melanie Lynskey, the “genial” New Zealand-born star of HBO’s comedy-drama series Togetherness, is profiled in the Los Angeles Times. Lynskey’s expressions are somehow familiar, a visage seen in her countless television and film roles…

Tammy Davis’ Hit a Berlinale Favourite

Tammy Davis’ Hit a Berlinale Favourite

Tammy Davis’ hip-hop drama Born to Dance, a “hidden gem” at this year’s Berlinale, has become the most unlikely of box-office hits Down Under. Born to Dance brought in more than $1 million in theatres…