NZ Book Collection

NZ Book Collection

In the beginning — of both movies and books — is the word. Many classic Kiwi films and television dramas have come from books (Sleeping DogsWhale Rider); and many writers have found new readers, through being celebrated and adapted on screen. This collection showcases Kiwi books and authors on screen. Plus check out booklover Finlay Macdonald's backgrounder.

Perfectly Frank - The Life of a New Zealand Writer

Television, 1998 (Full Length)

Book to Box Office

Television, 2006 (Full Length)

A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield

Television, 1986 (Full Length)

Three New Zealanders: Janet Frame

Television, 1975 (Excerpts)

An Angel at My Table

Film, 1990 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Came a Hot Friday

Film, 1984 (Excerpts)

Once Were Warriors

Film, 1994 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

Artists Prepare: Sam Hunt and Gary McCormick

Short Film, 1980 (Full Length)


Under the Mountain

Television, 1981

Kaleidoscope - Witi Ihimaera

Television, 1982 (Full Length)

A Tall Long Faced Tale

Television, 2008 (Excerpts)


Kaitangata Twitch

Television, 2010


Television, 1999 (Excerpts)

Catching the Tide - Sam Hunt's Cook Strait

Film, 1988 (Full Length)

Kai Purakau - The Storyteller

Film, 1987 (Excerpts)

Whale Rider

Film, 2002 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Hone Tuwhare

Television, 1996 (Full Length)

Three New Zealanders: Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Television, 1978 (Full Length)

Kaleidoscope - CK Stead

Television, 1986 (Full Length Episode)

The God Boy

Television, 1976 (Full Length)

The Quiet Earth

Film, 1985 (Trailer and Excerpts)

In My Father's Den

Film, 2004 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

The Scarecrow

Film, 1981 (Excerpts)

Mon Desir

Short Film, 1991 (Full Length)


Film, 2001 (Trailer and Excerpts)

A State of Siege

Short Film, 1978 (Excerpts)

Footrot Flats

Film, 1986 (Trailer)

The Great White Man-Eating Shark

Short Film, 1991 (Full Length)

Ruia Taitea: The World is Where We Are

Film, 1990 (Full Length)

Three New Zealanders: Ngaio Marsh

Television, 1977 (Full Length)

Ngaio Marsh Theatre - Died in the Wool

Television, 1978 (Full Length Episode)

Sleeping Dogs

Film, 1977 (Trailer and Excerpts)

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

Film, 1999 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Under the Covers - Episode Three

Television, 2010 (Excerpts)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Film, 2016 (Trailer and Excerpts)

History Man

Television, 2004 (Excerpts)

About Face - Jewel's Darl

Television, 1985 (Full Length)

Wrestling with the Angel

Television, 2004 (Excerpts)

The Good Word - Series Two, Episode Six

Television, 2010 (Full Length Episode)


Hairy Maclary

Short Film, 1997

Between the Lines: Denis Glover 1912-1980

Television, 2005 (Excerpts)

The Makutu on Mrs Jones

Short Film, 1983 (Full Length)

The New Oceania

Television, 2005 (Full Length)

Sons for the Return Home

Film, 1979 (Excerpts)

The Silent One

Film, 1984 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Mr Pip

Film, 2013 (Trailer)

One of those Blighters

Television, 1982 (Full Length)


The Write Stuff

Television, 1997

Memory and Desire

Film, 1998 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

Starlight Hotel

Film, 1987 (Excerpts)

Hinekaro Goes On a Picnic and Blows Up Another Obelisk

Short Film, 1995 (Full Length)


Film, 1993 (Excerpts)

Early Days Yet

Television, 2001 (Full Length)


Terry and the Gunrunners

Television, 1985


Film, 2004 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Mercury Lane - Series Two, Episode Two

Television, 2003 (Full Length)

Made in New Zealand - Margaret Mahy

Television, 2004 (Excerpts)

The Insatiable Moon

Film, 2010 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

Hang on a Minute Mate

Television, 1982 (Full Length)

E Tipu E Rea - Te Moemoea (The Dream)

Television, 1989 (Full Length)

Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree

Film, 1990 (Excerpts)

One of Them!

Television, 1997 (Full Length)

Leave All Fair

Film, 1985 (Excerpts)

Review - Hone Tuwhare

Television, 1975 (Full Length)

Show of Hands

Film, 2008 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)


Film, 2000 (Trailer and Excerpts)

A Soldier's Tale

Film, 1988 (Excerpts)

Under the Mountain

Film, 2009 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

About Face - A Fitting Tribute

Television, 1985 (Full Length)

Two Little Boys

Film, 2012 (Trailer)

The Most Fun You Can Have Dying

Film, 2012 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

About Face - Universal Drive

Television, 1985 (Full Length)


Film, 2010 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game

Short Film, 2011 (Full Length)


Short Film, 2005 (Full Length)

Dead Letters

Short Film, 2006 (Full Length)

Michael King, a Moment in Time

Television, 2007 (Excerpts)

The Vintner's Luck

Film, 2009 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

Chunuk Bair

Film, 1991 (Excerpts)

Pallet on the Floor

Film, 1986 (Excerpts)