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New Zealand Film

Feature Films, docs and shorts grown right here in Godzone...

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Lowdown Dirty CriminalsLowdown Dirty Criminals (2019)
Dir. Paul Murphy
Feat. James Rolleston, Samuel Austin, Robbie Magasiva
Kiwi crime caper set in Wellington, with likeably formless best buddies Freddy (James Rolleston, THE BREAKER UPPERERS) and Marvin (newcomer Samuel Austin) finding work with a small-time crook and crossing paths with a foul-mouthed crime lord known as The Upholsterer (Rebecca Gibney). Packed with terribly…
ReunionReunion (2020)
Dir. Jake Mahaffy
Feat. Julia Ormond, Emma Draper, John Bach
Beautifully-lensed NZ horror shot in a grand old mansion in Lower Hutt, following an academic studying black magic (Emma Draper, DAFFODILS) who returns to her childhood home heavily pregnant, but becomes consumed by the repressed trauma of her youth. Making matters worse is that her poisonous estranged…
Brokenwood Mysteries, The (TV Series)Brokenwood Mysteries, The (TV Series) (2014-2017)
Feat. Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland
A local stab at the ever popular murder mystery genre with this Kiwiana policier featuring two mismatched detectives investigating a series of homicides in small town New Zealand. More MIDSOMER than BROACHCHURCH, though not without its own dark humour and unsettling rural charm. Each series contains four…
CousinsCousins (2021)
Dir. Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace-Smith
Feat. Tanea Heke, Ana Scotney, Te Raukura Gray
Powerful Kiwi drama from the directors of WARU, following the intertwining lives of three Maori women who are cousins. While one of them is orphaned without any knowledge of her whanau, a second escapes an arranged marriage to study law and begin the hunt for her missing cousin. A third assumes the role…
Girl on the Bridge, TheGirl on the Bridge, The (2020)
Dir. Leanne Pooley
A brave and heart-wrenching documentary breaking the silence around New Zealand's mental health crisis, from the perspective of suicide survivor and mental health campaigner Jazz Thornton as she works to complete her award winning 2019 web series Jessica‚Äôs Tree. Leanne Pooley, director of…
Births, Deaths & MarriagesBirths, Deaths & Marriages (2019)
Dir. Beatrice Joblin
Feat. Geraldine Brophy, Tess Jamieson-Karaha, Sophie Hambleton
A cancelled wedding in Upper Hutt in 1994 sets the scene for this chaotic yet surprisingly deft domestic farce made on a credit-card budget. The "home video" aesthetic is at first off-putting, but it ultimately settles down and its gets most of the details right, with characters that have something to say…
Six60: Till The Lights Go OutSix60: Till The Lights Go Out (2020)
Dir. Julia Parnell
Documentary tracking the extraordinary local success of Kiwi band Six60, who started off as students living in 660 Castle Street in Dunedin, and went on to be the first NZ band to headline (and sell out) Western Springs Stadium. Their rags-to-riches story is told chronologically across 14 years of fierce…