- Peter Jackson
name = Peter Jackson
caption = Jackson in 2003, at the premiere of the "" in
birthdate = birth date and age|df=yes|1961|10|31
Pukerua Bay, New Zealand
occupation = Director, producer,
yearsactive = 1976-"present"
academyawards = Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay
afiawards = Best Foreign Film
goldenglobeawards = Best Director - Motion Picture
baftaawards = Best Film
Best Adapted Screenplay
Peter Robert Jackson, CNZM (born 31 October 1961) is a three-time
Academy Award-winning New Zealand director, producer and writer, best known for directing "The Lord of the Rings" trilogyadapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. [cite web | url=http://www.tothesource.org/3_4_2004/3_4_2004_printer.htm | title=tothesource | accessdate=2006-10-18] He is also known for his 2005 remake of "King Kong". [cite web | url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/bazbamigboye.html?in_article_id=370370&in_page_id=1794&in_a_source | title=This gorilla of a film is blockbuster of the year | publisher=Daily Mail | date=December 5, 2005]
He won international attention early in his career with his "splatstick" horror comedies, before coming to mainstream prominence with "
Heavenly Creatures", for which he shared an Academy Award best screenplay nomination with his partner Fran Walsh.
Born on 31 October 1961 in
Pukerua Bay, a coastal town near Wellington, New Zealand, Jackson was an only child to Bill and Joan Jackson, both immigrants from England. As a child, Jackson was a keen film fan, growing up on Ray Harryhausenfilms as well as finding inspiration in the television series "Thunderbirds" and " Monty Python's Flying Circus". After a family friend gave the Jacksons a Super 8 cine-camera with Peter in mind, he began making short films with his friends. Jackson has long cited "King Kong" as his favourite film, and around the age of nine he attempted to remake it using his own stop-motion models. [cite web | url=http://www.darkhorizons.com/news05/kong.php | title=Interview: Peter Jackson "King Kong" | work=Dark Horizons | publisher=Gorilla Nation | accessdate=2006-10-18 | author=Paul Fischer]
Jackson has had no formal training in film-making, but learned about editing, special effects and makeup largely through his own trial and error. As a teenager Jackson discovered the work of author
J. R. R. Tolkienafter watching "The Lord of the Rings" (1978), an animated film by Ralph Bakshithat was a part-adaptation of Tolkien's fantasy trilogy. [Russel Baillie, 'Peter Jackson's trip from splatstick to RAF', "New Zealand Herald", 29 October 2006, http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=000DB955-BFA2-1543-921083027AF10199] After leaving school Jackson began working as a photoengraver at a newspaper company in Wellington, and shooting a feature-length vampire movie that was later abandoned before completion.
The splatter period
Over four years (from 1983 to 1987) Jackson's first feature "
Bad Taste" grew in haphazard fashion from a short film into a 90-minute splatter comedy, with many of Jackson's friends acting and working on it for free. Shooting was normally done in the weekends since Jackson was now working full-time. " Bad Taste" is about aliens that come to earth with the desire of turning humans into food. Jackson created extensive special effects for the film, including one infamous alien vomit drinking scene utilising some muesli mixed with green food colouring. Jackson also takes two acting roles, enabling him to include a scene in the film where he fights himself.
The film was finally completed thanks to a late injection of finance from Government body the
New Zealand Film Commission, after the body's executive director Jim Booth became convinced of Jackson's talent (Booth would later leave the Commission, to become Jackson's producer.) In May 1987 " Bad Taste" was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival, where rights to the film quickly sold to twelve countries.
Around this time Jackson began working on writing a number of movie scripts, in varied collaborative groupings with playwright Stephen Sinclair, writer
Fran Walshand writer/actor Danny Mulheron. Walsh would later become his partner, and mother of his son Billy and his daughter Katie. Some of the scripts from this period, including a Nightmare on Elm Streetsequel, have never seen the light of a movie screen; the proposed zombie film " Braindead" underwent extensive rewrites.
Jackson's next film to see release would turn out be "
Meet the Feebles" (1989), co-written by the four writers mentioned above. An ensemble musical comedy starring Muppet-style puppets, Feebles originally began as a short film intended for television, but was rapidly expanded into a full-length script after unexpected enthusiasm from Japanese investors, and the collapse of " Braindead" six-weeks before filming. Begun on a very low budget, Feebles went weeks over schedule. Feebles went on to win the worst reviews of Jackson's career to date, but has now established a cult following. "It's got a quality of humour that alienates a lot of people," Jackson said at the time. "It's very black, very satirical, very savage." [ Ian Pryor, 'Meet the Feebles', "Evening Post", 24 August 1989, p.25.] Feebles marked Jackson's first collaboration with special effects team Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger, who would subsequently work on all Jackson's movies.
Jackson's next release was the comedy "Braindead" (1992) (released in North America as "Dead Alive"), now seen as a landmark in splatter movies. Originally planned as a Spanish co-production, the film reversed the usual zombie plot - rather than keeping the zombies out of his place of refuge, the hero attempts to keep them inside, while maintaining a facade of normality. The film features extensive special effects including miniature trams, stop motion and a plethora of gory make-up effects, but also won praise for its strong performances, particularly that of lead actor
Tim Balme. Balme plays the closeted young man who discovers that his domineering mother is decaying into a zombie.
Heavenly Creatures and Forgotten Silver
Released in 1994 after Jackson won a race to bring the story to the screen, "
Heavenly Creatures" marked a major change for Jackson in terms of both style and tone. The film is based on real life events: namely the Parker-Hulme murderin which two teenage girls in 1950s Christchurch became close friends, some say lovers, and later murdered the mother of one of the girls. Jackson's partner Fran Walsh helped persuade him that the events had the makings of a movie; Jackson has been quoted saying that the film "only got made" because of her enthusiasm for the subject matter. [Andy Webster, 'The Frightener', "Premiere", August 1996, p.26.] Many New Zealanders were apprehensive about how Jackson would treat the material, an apprehension that would later turn in many cases to relief. The film's fame coincided with the New Zealand media tracking down the real-life Juliet Hulme, who now wrote books under the name Anne Perry. Heavenly Creaturesreceived considerable critical acclaim, including an Academy Awardnomination for Best Original Screenplayand making top ten of the year lists in Time, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The New Zealand Herald.
The success of
Heavenly Creatureswon Jackson attention from American company Miramax, who promoted the film vigorously in America and signed the director to a first look deal.
The following year, in collaboration with Wellington filmmaker
Costa Botes, Jackson co-directed the ' mockumentary', " Forgotten Silver" (1995). This ambitious made for television piece told the story of New Zealand film pioneer Colin McKenziewho had supposedly invented colour film and 'talkies', and attempted an epic film of Salomebefore being forgotten by the world. Though the programme played in a slot normally reserved for drama, no other warning was given that it was fictionalised. Many were outraged at discovering Colin McKenzie had never existed. Some have argued that the number of people who believed the increasingly improbable story provides testimony to Jackson and Botes' skill at playing on New Zealand's national mythof a nation of innovators and forgotten trail-blazers. [Geoff Chapple, 'Gone, not forgotten', "New Zealand Listener", 25 November 1995, p.26.]
In the meantime, Jackson and Walsh welcomed their children, Billy (1995) and Katie (1996) into the world.
Hollywood, Weta, the Film Commission
The success of
Heavenly Creatureshelped pave the way for Jackson's first big budget Hollywood movie " The Frighteners" (1996), starring Michael J. Fox. Thanks partly to support from American producer Robert Zemeckis, Jackson was given permission to make this part comedy, part horror movie entirely in New Zealand, even though the story is set in a North American town. This period was a key one of change for both Jackson and Weta, the special effects company with which he is often associated. Weta, initiated by Jackson and key collaborators, grew rapidly during this period to incorporate both digital effects (the company was born from the one man and a computer contributions of George Port to Heavenly Creatures) and physical effects, make-up and costumes (the first two areas normally commanded by Jackson collaborator Richard Taylor). The Frightenerswas regarded as a commercial failure. Though the film has always had its defenders, some critics expressed disappointment that it displayed little of the anarchistic humor of Jackson's early movies and that the script felt underdeveloped. In February 1997 Jackson launched legal proceedings against New Zealand magazine The Listenerfor defamation, over a review of The Frighteners which claimed that the film was "built from the rubble of other people's movies" [ Philip Matthews, 'Spectral Steel', "New Zealand Listener", 14 December 1996 ] In the end, the case was not pursued further. Around this time Jackson's remake of "King Kong" was shelved by Universal Studios(partly because "Mighty Joe Young", another giant gorilla movie, had already gone into production).
This period of transition seems not to have been entirely a happy one; it also marked one of the high points of tension between Jackson and
The New Zealand Film Commissionsince Meet the Feebleshad gone over-budget earlier in his career (Jackson has claimed the Commission considered firing him from Feebles; the NZFC went on to help fund his next three films). In 1997 the director submitted a lengthy criticism of the Commission for a magazine supplement meant to celebrate the body's 20th anniversary, criticising what he called inconsistent decision-making by inexperienced board members. The magazine felt that the material was too long and potentially defamatory to publish in that form; a shortened version of the material went on to appear in Metro magazine [Andrew Heal, 'Horror story', "Metro", December 1997] . In the Metro article Jackson criticised the Commission over funding decisions concerning a film he was hoping to executive produce, but refused to drop a client-confidentiality clause that allowed them to publicly reply to his criticisms.
"The Lord of the Rings"
Peter Jackson won the rights to film J. R. R. Tolkien's epic in 1997 after meeting with producer
Saul Zaentz. Originally working with Miramaxtowards a two-film production, Jackson was later pressured to render the story as a single film, and finally overcame a tight deadline by making a last minute deal with New Line, who were keen on a trilogy. Principal photographystretched from 11 October 1999 to 22 December 2000 with extensive location filming across New Zealand. With the benefit of extended post-production and extra periods of shooting before each film's release, the series met huge success and sent Jackson's popularity soaring.
Jackson's mother Joan died 3 days before the release of the first movie in the trilogy, "". There was a special showing of the film after her funeral. [ [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7355590305075440586 "Charlie Rose - Peter Jackson"] , February 2004]
Following "", Jackson lost a large amount of weight (over 50 lb/22.5 kg) to the point of being unrecognizable to some fans. In the British "Daily Telegraph" he attributed his weight loss to his diet. He said, "I just got tired of being overweight and unfit, so I changed my diet from hamburgers to
yogurtand muesliand it seems to work." [ [http://www.kongisking.net/perl/newsview/15/1113355189 "Peter Jackson's muesli diet secret"] , kongisking.net, 12 April]
Universal Studios now returned to the fray, signing Peter Jackson for a second time to remake the 1933 classic "King Kong" — the film that inspired him to become a
film directoras a boy. [ [http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10299834 "Peter Jackson's Labor of Love"] by Stone Phillips, "MSNBC", 2 December 2005] He was reportedly being paid a fee of US$20 million upfront, the highest salary ever paid to a film director in advance of production, against a 20 percent take of the box-office rentals (the portion of the price of the ticket that goes to the film distributor, in this case Universal). The film was released on 14 December 2005, and grossed around US$550 million worldwide. [ [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=kingkong05.htm "King Kong"] figures from Box Office Mojo] Its release on home videoand DVDwas even bigger, as it set records for a Universal Pictures DVD in sales figures .
Current and future projects
Jackson has created a lavish country estate in
Wairarapa, New Zealand. The estate includes a LOTR style castle as well as numerous other buildings. [cite news|url=http://www.times-age.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?thesection=localnews&storyid=3626212|title=Oscar winner a Wairarapa fan|publisher= Wairarapa Times-Age|date=3 March 2005]
Jackson is currently directing a version of
Alice Sebold's bestseller, " The Lovely Bones". He has said the film will be a welcome relief from his larger-scale epics. The storyline's combination of fantasy aspects and themes of murder bears some similarities to " Heavenly Creatures".
Jackson also announced that he would produce and direct a Tintin movie along with
Steven Spielberg. The project will use 3-D animation combined with motion captureto bring the project to the silver screen, likely in 2009. [cite news | url = http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=40300| title = Peter Jackson to produce the Hobbit and Sequel | publisher = comingsoon.net | date = 18 December 2007 ]
Jackson had talked of producing films for others as early as 1995, but a number of factors slowed developments in this regard, including the failure of Jack Brown Genius (1995). After Jackson became a force in Hollywood, he was set to produce a $128 million movie version of the sci-fi video game "Halo", but the project went on hold when fiscal backers withdrew their support. [cite news|url=http://wwwj.comcast.net/movies/news/index.jsp?cat=MOVIES&fn=/2006/11/21/525628.html&cvqh=itn_hobbit| title = Jackson Says He Won't Be Making `Hobbit' | publisher=Comcast.net/AP|date=21 November 2006] [ [http://www.n4g.com/ClickOut.aspx?ObjID=60342 Xbox Family - Home ] ] Additionally, Jackson will produce a remake of "The Dam Busters" in 2008, to be directed by longtime Weta designer Christian Rivers. [cite news | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5301998.stm | title = Peter Jackson to film Dam Busters | publisher = BBC | date =
2006-08-31] Jackson has also earned the rights to a film adaptation of the fantasy novel series "Temeraire", a novel about dragons being used in combat in the Napoleonic Wars and the story of a dragon named Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, during that time period, written by Naomi Novik. It remains to be seen if he will direct it. [cite news | url = http://movies.ign.com/articles/732/732229p1.html | title = Temeraire on Warpath | date = 2006-09-12| work = filmforce | publisher = IGN.com ] Also he will produce "District 9", a sci-fi project which Neill Blomkampwill direct, likely after the adaptions for "Halo" has finally been completed. The script is written by Neill Blomkampand Terri Tatchell, Sony Pictures will distribute the film. [cite web|url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117975244.html?categoryid=13&cs=1|title=Peter Jackson gears up for 'District'|date=1 November 2007|author=Michael Fleming|publisher=Variety|accessdate=2007-11-17]
In recent years Jackson has also directed a short film entitled "Crossing the Line" to test a new model of digital Cinema camera, the
RED ONE. The film takes place during World War I, and was shot in two days. "Crossing the Line" was shown at NAB 2007 (the USA National Association of Broadcasters). Clips of the film can be found at Reduser.net.
Jackson is also working on a video game project with Bungie called "Peter Jackson's Halo Project" (Halo Chronicles)
Jackson's involvement in the making of a film version of "The Hobbit", along with another possible "The Lord of the Rings" prequel, has a long and chequered history. In November 2006, a letter from Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh stated that due to an ongoing legal dispute between Wingnut Films (Jackson's production company) and New Line Cinema, Jackson would likely not be directing the film. [cite news| last = "Xoanon"| title = Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh talk The Hobbit| publisher = The One Ring| date = 2006-11-19| url = http://www.theonering.net/staticnews/1163993546.html| accessdate = 2006-11-20] However, in response, MGM spokesman Jeff Pryor stated that "we still believe this matter of Peter Jackson directing "The Hobbit" is far from closed." (MGM owns the distribution rights to "The Hobbit" film). New Line Cinema's head,
Robert Shayesaid that Jackson "will never make any movie with New Line Cinema again while I'm still working for the company."cite web | title="Shaye: New Line Blacklists Jackson"| work=SciFi.com| url=http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=3&id=39462|date=2007-01-10| accessdate=2007-02-21] An online boycott of New Line Cinema was begun in the hopes of compelling New Line Cinema to renegotiate with Peter Jackson. [cite web | title="Are You a Lord of the Rings Fan? Boycott New Line Cinema "|url = http://dpsinfo.com/boycottnewline]
Shaye's comments marked the first time a New Line executive had commented publicly on the franchise since Jackson announced that he was pulled out of the project. In August 2007 though Shaye was trying to repair his working relationship with Jackson. "I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way in "The Hobbit"," Shaye said." [cite news | author = Patrick Goldstein | title = THE BIG PICTURE: New Line's midlife crisis | publisher =
Los Angeles Times| date = 2007-08-10| url = http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-goldstein10aug10,0,7800308.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews | accessdate=2007-08-17] On December 18, 2007, it was announced that Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema had reached agreement to make two prequels, one based on " The Hobbit" which will be released in 2011 and 2012. Jackson will serve as a writer and executive producer. Guillermo del Torohas been selected to direct. [cite web |url= http://www.newline.com/press/pr_2007-12-18_announcingthehobbit.html |title= Press Release: Announcing The Hobbit |accessdate=2007-12-29 |format= online |work= Press Release] [cite web |url= http://film.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2250245,00.html |title=Del Toro to take charge of The Hobbit]
Jackson is set to make three games with
Microsoft Game Studios, a partnership announced on 27 September 2006, at X06. [ [http://uk.gamespot.com/news/6158809.html?sid=6158809 X06: Halo Wars revealed at Microsoft briefing - Xbox 360 News at GameSpot ] ] Specifically, Jackson and Microsoft are teaming together to form a new studio called Wingnut Interactive. [cite news | url = http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3154047 | title = X06: Peter Jackson Forms a Game Studio | publisher = 1UP.com | date = 27 September 2006 ] In collaboration with Bungie Studios, Jackson will co-write, co-design and co-produce a new game taking place in the Halo universe- tentatively called .
Jackson has given NZ$500,000 to
stem cell research. [ [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/6/story.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10391442 Peter Jackson gives $500,000 for stem cell research - 15 Jul 2006 - NZ Herald: Life & Style News and Reviews from New Zealand and around the World ] ]
He purchased a church in
Wellingtonfor approximately $10 million, saving it from demolition. [cite news|url=http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0709/S00138.htm|title=Stella Maris Retreat Centre and Chapel saved|publisher=Scoop|date=12 September 2007|accessdate=2007-10-18]
He also contributes his expertise to
48HOURS, a New Zealand film making competition, through annually selecting 3 "Wildcards" for the National Final.
Jackson is known for his attention to detail, a habit of shooting scenes from many angles, a macabre sense of humour, and a general playfulness—the latter to the point where "The Lord of the Rings" conceptual designer
Alan Leejokingly remarked "the film is almost incidental really". [ "Big-atures" ROTK SEE DVD Documentary ]
Jackson was a noted perfectionist on the "Lord of the Rings" shoot where he demanded numerous takes of scenes, requesting additional takes by repeatedly saying, "one more for luck". ["Cameras in Middle-earth: The Fellowship of the Ring", Special Extended Edition DVD Documentary. Actor
Christopher Leeremarks about having twelves takes for one scene, before being told by Ian McKellenhe did 24 takes for two lines the previous day] . Jackson is also renowned within the New Zealand film industry for his insistence on "coverage" — shooting a scene from as many angles as possible, giving him more options to choose from in the editing process.Fact|date=November 2007 Jackson has been known to spend days shooting a single scene. This is evident in his work where even scenes featuring simple conversations often feature a wide array of multiple camera angles and shot-sizes as well as zooming closeups on characters' faces. One of his most common visual trademarks is shooting close-ups of actors with wide-angle lenses.Fact|date=November 2007
Unlike some other film directors, Jackson has remained in his native country to make films. This has been the genesis of several production and support companies. Most of Jackson's assets are found on the
Miramar Peninsulain his home town of Wellington where much of his filming occurs; and he was instrumental in having the world premiere of "The Return of the King" in the city's iconic Embassy Theatrewhich he helped restore.
He was an early user of computer enhancement technology and provided digital special effects to a number of Hollywood films by use of telecommunications and satellite links to transmit raw images and the final results across the Pacific Ocean.Fact|date=November 2007
During filming of The Lord of the Rings, Jackson was (in)famous for wearing short pants and going
barefootunder most circumstances, especially during film shoots. [ [http://www.rediff.com/movies/2004/mar/01peter.htm 11 things you must know about Peter Jackson ] ]
Jackson won three Academy Awards for "", including the
Academy Award for Best Director.
Jackson was appointed a Companion in the
New Zealand Order of Merit, in the 2002 New Years Honours. [ [http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/honours/lists/list.asp?id=5 DPMC - New Zealand Honours ] ]
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Jackson usually makes
cameo appearances in his own films:
* Jackson appears as a
bi-planegunner attacking Kong in New York, reprising the cameo which original "King Kong" filmmaker Merian C. Coopermade in his 1933 film.
* "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy includes multiple cameos. In "The Fellowship of the Ring" Jackson plays Albert Dreary, a drunken, carrot-chomping citizen of Bree. In "The Two Towers" he plays a spear-throwing defender of
Helm's Deep. His significant cameo in "The Return of the King" is limited to the extended version, where he is seen as the boatswain of a corsairship in "The Return of the King" and is accidentally killed by Legolas's "warning shot." (The character is seen very briefly in the theatrical version.) Additionally, though not a cameo in the traditional sense, he also served as a stand-in for Sean Astinin the shot where Samwise Gamgeesteps into frame, challenging the monster Shelob; however all you can see of Jackson is his right arm.
* In "The Frighteners", Jackson is a biker bumped into by Frank Bannister.
* In "Heavenly Creatures", he is a bum that gets kissed by
* In "Braindead", he is the mortician's assistant.
* In the puppet movie "Meet the Feebles" Jackson appears as an audience member disguised as one of the aliens from "Bad Taste".Fact|date=May 2008
He has also made cameos in several films not directed by him. In "
Hot Fuzz" (2007), he played a demented Father Christmas, who stabs Nicholas Angel (played by Simon Pegg) in the hand. [cite web|url=http://www.bullz-eye.com/mguide/reviews_2007/hot_fuzz.htm|title=Hot Fuzz review|first=Jason|last=Zingale|access-date=2008-04-30]
Jackson's eldest son Billy (born 1995), has had cameo appearances in every one of his parents' films since his birth, namely "The Frighteners" (1996), "The Lord of the Rings film trilogy", and "King Kong". His daughter Katie (born 1996) appeared in all the above films, except "The Frighteners".
Jackson had a cameo on the
HBOshow "Entourage" in the 5 August 2007 episode, " Gary's Desk", in which he offers a business proposal to Eric Murphy, manager to the lead character, Vincent Chase.
Bad Taste" (1987): Producer
Meet the Feebles" (1989): Producer
Valley of the Stereos" (1992 short): Co-producer
Jack Brown Genius" (1994): Producer
Heavenly Creatures" (1994): Co-producer
The Frighteners" (1996): Producer
* "" (2001): Director
* "" (2002): Director
The Long and Short of It" (2003 short): Executive Producer
* "" (2003): Director
* "King Kong" (2005): Director
* "The Lovely Bones" (2009): Producer
* "District 9" (2009)
* "Dambusters" (2010): Producer
* "The Hobbit" (2011)
* Untitled "The Lord of the Rings" prequel (2012)
* "Temeraire" (TBA): Producer
* "Halo" (TBA): Executive Producer
* "" (2002): Musician, "Edoras"
Meet the Feebles(1989): Puppet Designer
* "Braindead" (1992): Stop-Motion Animator
The Ugly" (1997): Special Thanks
Heaven" (1998): Special Thanks
* "Phantom" (1998): Special Thanks
* "" (2003): Executive Soundtrack Producer "(uncredited)"
I'll See You in My Dreams" (2003): Thanks
The World's Fastest Indian" (2005): Thanks
* "Hostel" (2005): Very Special Thanks
* "The Valley" (1976)
Bad Taste" (1989): Derek/Robert
* "Braindead" (1992): Undertaker's Assistant
Forgotten Silver" (1995) Himself
Heavenly Creatures" (1994): Hobo "(uncredited)"
The Frighteners" (1996): Man with Piercings "(uncredited)"
* "" (2001): Albert Dreary "(uncredited)"
* "" (2002): Rohan Warrior "(uncredited)"
The Long and Short of It" (2003): Bus Driver
* "" (2003): Castamir "(uncredited)"
* "King Kong" (2005): Gunner
Hot Fuzz" (2007): Father Christmas "(uncredited cameo)"
* "The Valley" (1976): Special effects
Bad Taste" (1987): Special effects
The Lounge Bar" (1989): Special effects
* "Braindead" (1992): Miniatures
* "Contact" (1997): Additional visual effects
* "The Valley" (1976)
Bad Taste" (1987)
* "The Valley" (1976): Makeup designer
Bad Taste" (1987): Makeup effects
Second unit director
Jack Brown Genius" (1994): 2nd AD
Camera and electrical department
Meet the Feebles" (1989): Camera Operator
* "The Valley" (1976)
Brian Sibley. "Peter Jackson- A Film-maker's Journey". Sydney, HarperCollins, 2006. ISBN 0732285623.
* Giulio Cicala. "Il Cinema di Peter Jackson". Alessandria, Falsopiano Editore, 2006. ISBN 9788889782064. A deeper insight into the history, cinema and the way of making movies by the New Zealand director from the beginning until "King Kong". it icon
Ian Pryor. "Peter Jackson- From prince of splatter to lord of the rings". Auckland, Random House, 2003, New York, St. Martin's Press, 2004. ISBN 1869415558 (NZ Edition)
New Zealand cinema
New Zealand Film Makers
Park Road Post
* [http://tbhl.theonering.net/ The official Peter Jackson fanclub]
* [http://www.darkhorizons.com/news05/kong.php In-depth interview about "King Kong" and future projects]
* [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=000DB955-BFA2-1543-921083027AF10199 Peter Jackson's trip from splatstick to RAF]
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6596804599624484011&q=peter+jackson Interview of Charlie Rose with Peter Jackson in 2002]
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7355590305075440586&q=peter+jackson Another Interview of Charlie Rose with Peter Jackson in 2006]
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