Peter Jackson has gone from shy fanboy to master of his craft; from Pukerua Bay to Wellywood. With six journeys into Middle-earth now behind him, he has few peers in the realm of large scale filmmaking. Led by early 'behind the scenes' docos this collection pays tribute to PJ's journey, from re-making King Kong in his backyard to err ... re-making King Kong in his backyard.
Skitz was a popular long-running sketch-based comedy that screened for four series. Populated with memorable characters and catch-phrases, and broad, take-no-prisoners humour, it won Best Entertainment Programme at the 1996 NZ TV and Film Awards. A particular favourite in its arsenal of regular characters was the Semisi family with their 'fresh off the boat' antics inspiring mirth and groans in equal measure. Skitz featured seasoned comedians such as Jackie Clarke, as well as new faces at the time, including Jemaine Clement offuture Flight of the Conchords fame.
Skitz was a popular long-running sketch-based comedy that ran for four series from 1993 - 1997. This selection of excerpts contains sketches from the final season of the Gibson Group satirical show famous for its broad, take-no-prisoners humour and memorable characters and catch phrases. The wacky Semisi family and their 'fresh off the boat' antics inspire mirth and groans in equal measure and filmmaker Sima Urale is enjoyably ludicrous as the terrifying Aunty Mele. Jemaine (Flight of the Conchords) Clement and members of the Bro' Town posse also feature.
Taika (Boy) Waititi's first feature is an offbeat comedy about two lonely misfits and their attempts to find love. Lily (Loren Taylor) is a shy fast-food cashier with a crush on clueless gaming geek Jarrod (Conchord Jemaine Clement). When Lily crashes Jarrod's fancy dress party wearing a shark costume and impresses the self-styled ‘Eagle Lord' with her gaming prowess — excerpted here — she gets her man. But their budding romance is sorely tested by Jarrod's obsession with a childhood nemesis. Empire called the film, "a comic delight destined for cult adoration."
Haunted Love specialise in dark, enigmatic folk-pop and describe themselves as “a comic book of the Dunedin music scene - for nerds, cool kids and connoisseurs”. Formed in 2005, they are a duo comprised of Geva Downey (organ, vocals, percussion) and Rainy McMaster (guitar, vocals). At one point Logan Valentine (from The Tweeks) was a third member. In 2007, they had an internet hit with the video for their song ‘Librarian’; and, in 2009, they released a five song EP called ‘Darkness in Diamond City’.
In a Mika-inspired cross cultural collision, this Māori music and comedy group blends traditional Māoritanga with the metrosexual world of fashion and beauty. Founded by former C4 presenter Jermaine Leef in 2010, they launched with this video which debuted on YouTube and received 100,000 views in 10 days. From Queen Street to the beach and bush, their appearance moves from Outkast-inspired nerd chic to a style best described as high camp haka; and boy band posturing mixes with lyrics tackling what it means to be a modern 'Māori boy' (“I play my Nintendo everyday”).
Jemaine Clement is the bespectacled half of folk-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, who achieved international cult status in their own HBO series. Clement's screen career began after he joined the cast of 90s sketch shows Telly Laughs and Skitz. His big-screen debut was Tongan Ninja, followed by a starring role in misfit romance Eagle vs Shark. In 2014 he co-directed and starred in hit vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows.
An English literature graduate, former share trader and radio journalist, John Campbell joined TV3 in 1989. He spent time in the press gallery before fronting his own current affairs segment on 3 News. In 1998 John Hawkesby's resignation saw Campbell drafted in to read the 6pm news with Carol Hirschfeld. In 2005 he moved to 7pm to front Campbell Live, which he fronted for a decade.
Karen Olsen’s work as a meteorologist and weather reporter has seen her stationed on sub-tropical Raoul Island and presenting from the blistering cold of an Antarctic winter. After 21 years reporting the weather on TV One News, often alongside much loved weatherman Jim Hickey, Olsen left TVNZ in November 2015.
After co-writing international stage hit Ladies Night, Anthony McCarten turned his sixth play, fractured family tale Via Satellite, into a movie. His second feature Show of Hands revolves around a car yard endurance contest. Later McCarten wrote the the Irish-shot Death of a Superhero, based on his rite-of-passage novel. In 2015 he won two BAFTA awards for Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.