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New Zealand Film

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

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Wellington Paranormal (TV Series)Wellington Paranormal (TV Series) (2018)
Dir. Jemaine Clement, Jackie Van Beek
Feat. Karen O’Leary, Mike Minogue, Maaka Pohatu
An inspired spin-off TV series from WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS that expands the role of lovably clueless police officers O'Leary and Minogue (played by their namesakes) who investigate various strange phenomena in AroVideo's home town. Mimicking the style of a police reality show with deadpan hilarity,…
Smash PalaceSmash Palace (1981)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Bruno Lawrence, Grier Robson
One of local cinema's finest hours is this rural tale of a brusque auto-mechanic (Bruno Lawrence) whose estrangement from his family leads him to kidnap his 7-year-old daughter. The springboard for the director's career in Hollywood.
Sleeping DogsSleeping Dogs (1977)
Dir. Roger Donaldson
Feat. Sam Neill, Warren Oates
Roger Donaldson's nihilistic action-thriller in which Sam Neill finds himself alone between two opposing extremist groups. A trail-blazer of the NZ film industry, energized by the blood, sweat and tears that went into making it happen.
Coming Home in the DarkComing Home in the Dark (2021)
Dir. James Ashcroft
Feat. Miriama McDowell, Erik Thomson, Daniel Gillies
Not for the faint of heart, this Kiwi thriller is confrontingly grim yet takes the psycho-killer genre into thematic territory it rarely bothers to go. Expanded from an Owen Marshall short story, it excels in all departments (especially the four key performances) and director James Ashcroft (in an…
PoppyPoppy (2021)
Dir. Linda Niccol
Feat. Libby Hunsdale, Ari Boyland, Seb Hunter
Endearing Kiwi drama about an ambitious teenager who aspires to be a car mechanic despite the hurdles - which include her protective brother who has inherited the family motor workshop, and her Down Syndrome disability. Taking control of her own life, she works towards her goals, starting by teaming up…
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…