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Famous Film Directors from New Zealand

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List of famous film directors from New Zealand, listed alphabetically with photos when available. New Zealand has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Kiwi directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of New Zealand and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

Geoff Murphy and Alan Clay are only the beginning of the items on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Kiwi directors?" and "Which directors are from New Zealand?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of New Zealand in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Kiwi directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Alan Clay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Alan Clay age 65
Alan Clay (born 1954, Whanganui, New Zealand) is a film director, writer and clown teacher. In his early career he performed and taught extensively as a clown. He wrote three novels and a clown ...more
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Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 53
Andrew Ralph Adamson (born 1 December 1966) is a New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter based mainly in Los Angeles, where he made the animation films, Shrek and Shrek 2 for which ...more
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Andrew Dominik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 52
Andrew Dominik (born 7 October 1967) is an Australian film director and screenwriter. He has directed the crime film Chopper, the Western drama film The Assassination of Jesse James by the ...more
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Andrew Niccol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 55
Andrew M. Niccol (born 10 June 1964) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca (1997), Simone (2002), Lord of War (2005), In Time (2011), The Host ...more
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Andy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 72
Neville Anderson (born 18 July 1947) known professionally as Andy Anderson and also billed as Andy James, is a New Zealand-born musician and actor. As a musician he is best known as the lead ...more
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Anna Campion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 67
Anna Campion is a film director and screenwriter.
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Anna Wilding is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Anna Wilding
Anna Wilding is an actress, film director, film producer, and screenwriter.
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Anthony McCarten is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 58
Anthony McCarten (born 1961) is a New Zealand-born novelist, playwright, television writer, and filmmaker. He is best known for writing the biographical films The Theory of Everything (2014), ...more
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Armagan Ballantyne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Armagan Ballantyne
Armagan Ballantyne is a film director.
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Arthur Everard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Arthur Everard age 84
Arthur Everard (born 1935) is a filmmaker, journalist, and former Chief Censor of New Zealand. Everard graduated with a BA in psychology from Victoria University of Wellington and worked for 19 ...more
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Astrid Glitter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Astrid Glitter
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Barry Barclay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Barry Barclay Dec. at 64 (1944-2008)
Barry Ronald Barclay, MNZM (12 May 1944 – 19 February 2008) was a New Zealand filmmaker and writer of Maori (Ngati Apa) and Pākehā (European) descent.
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Ben Hawker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Ben Hawker is a film director, screenwriter and film editor.
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Bert Bailey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Dec. at 85 (1868-1953)
Bert Bailey was an actor and film producer.
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Billy Stead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Billy Stead Dec. at 81 (1877-1958)
Billy Stead, born John William Stead, (18 September 1877 – 21 July 1958) was a rugby union player born in Invercargill who played for New Zealand, the All Blacks, on their 1905–06 tour. Stead ...more
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Brad McGann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Dec. at 43 (1964-2007)
Brad McGann MNZM (22 February 1964 – 2 May 2007), was a New Zealand film director and screenwriter. McGann was born in New Zealand in 1964. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the ...more
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Bruce D. Clark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Bruce D. Clark age 74
Bruce D. Clark is a film director and writer.
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Bruce Mason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Dec. at 61 (1921-1982)
Bruce Edward George Mason, CBE (28 September 1921 – 31 December 1982) was a significant playwright in New Zealand who wrote 34 plays and influenced the cultural landscape of the country through ...more
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Cameron Duncan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Cameron Duncan Dec. at 17 (1986-2003)
Cameron Troy Duncan (20 April 1986 – 12 November 2003) was a writer and director from New Zealand.
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Cecil Holmes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Cecil Holmes Dec. at 73 (1921-1994)
Cecil Holmes was a film director, screenwriter and film producer.
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Chris Thomson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 74
Chris Thomson is a TV director.
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Christian Rivers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Christian Rivers is a New Zealand storyboard artist, visual effects supervisor, special effects technician, and director. He first met Peter Jackson as a 17-year-old, and storyboarded all of ...more
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Christine Jeffs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 56
Christine Jeffs (born 29 January 1963) is a New Zealand-born director, editor, and screenwriter known for directing the New Zealand film Rain (2001), the British motion picture Sylvia (2003), ...more
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Christopher Banks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 42
Christopher Banks (born 1977) is a New Zealand journalist, musician, record producer, songwriter and film-maker.
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Costa Botes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 61
Costa Botes is a New Zealand writer, director and cinematographer, who works mainly in documentary.