New Zealand Cinema

** Last updated 19th Sept 2019, please let me know what im missing **
This list is predominantly compiled by other Letterboxd users, I've just combined them in excel, removed duplicates then imported them. I'll be using this as a starting point to continue to add new and old NZ films to this list.
The original list has been heavily edited based on the following criteria:
- Set in NZ, not just filmed here
- Revolves predominantly around Kiwi characters
- Feature-length, can include documentary
I know this excludes a lot of films but I wanted to make a list of films that had Aotearoa at its heart.
Also here is a brief list on where to find some of…

  • Take Home Pay
  • Herbs: Songs of Freedom
  • Births, Deaths & Marriages
  • By the Balls
  • A Seat at the Table
  • Bellbird
  • Status Pending
  • Brown Boys
  • Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story
  • Daffodils
  • The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps
  • 220 Miles
  • Hang Time
  • For My Father's Kingdom
  • Vai
  • The Object Lesson
  • Alien Addiction
  • Vermilion
  • Portrait of a Knight
  • Blue Moon
  • Celia
  • Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen
  • She Shears
  • Angie
  • The Heart Dances – the journey of The Piano: the ballet
  • Bludgeon
  • In Dark Places
  • Māui's Hook
  • Mega Time Squad
  • Meat
  • Swagger of Thieves
  • Stray
  • Yellow Is Forbidden
  • Stan
  • The Breaker Upperers
  • Broken
  • Hibiscus & Ruthless
  • Kiwi Christmas
  • Spookers
  • No Ordinary Sheila
  • The Changeover
  • Human Traces
  • Waru
  • Catching the Black Widow
  • Bill Direen: A Memory of Others
  • Kobi
  • Top of the Lake: China Girl
  • Resolve
  • The Dance Exponents: Why Does Love?
  • 100 Men
  • My Year with Helen
  • McLaren
  • Wilbur: The King in the Ring
  • Pecking Order
  • Beyond The Battalion
  • Gary of the Pacific
  • West of Eden
  • The Inland Road
  • Pork Pie
  • Beyond the Known World
  • The Catch
  • Pike River
  • Jean
  • Chasing Great
  • Le Ride
  • Chronesthesia
  • The Rehearsal
  • Poi E: The Story of Our Song
  • On An Unknown Beach
  • Baseball
  • The Great Maiden's Blush
  • Mahana
  • This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy
  • Three Wise Cousins
  • Tickled
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • One Thousand Ropes
  • The Free Man
  • The Short Trilogy of Peace
  • Penny Black
  • The Dead Room
  • Born to Dance
  • 25 April
  • The Monster of Mangatiti
  • Queen of Carthage
  • Deathgasm
  • The Art of Recovery
  • Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
  • Out of the Mist: An Alternate History of New Zealand Cinema
  • Ever the Land
  • Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws
  • A Place to Call Home
  • The Ground We Won
  • The Day That Changed My Life
  • Hip Hop-eration
  • Voices from the Forest
  • The Dead Lands
  • Housebound
  • The Last Saint
  • I Survived a Zombie Holocaust