Film Directors 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 64
Alan Clay 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 textbook. He went on to write and ...more

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Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 52
Andrew Ralph Adamson, MNZM is a New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter based mainly in Los Angeles, where he made the blockbuster animation films, Shrek and Shrek 2 for which he ...more

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Andrew Dominik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 51
Andrew Dominik is a New Zealand-born Australian film director and screenwriter. He has directed the crime film Chopper, the Western drama film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward ...more

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Andrew Niccol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 54
Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, In Time, and Lord of War. He also wrote and co-produced The Truman Show, which ...more

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Andy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 71
Andy Anderson is a musician and actor. As a musician he is best known as the lead singer of 1960s Australian band The Missing Links, and as an actor he is well known for his roles on both ...more

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Anna Campion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 66
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 57
Anthony McCarten is a New Zealand-born novelist, filmmaker and playwright. He lives in London and Los Angeles.

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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 83
Arthur Everard 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 years as a ...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 Died at 64 (1944-2008)
Barry Ronald Barclay, MNZM was a New Zealand filmmaker and writer of Maori and Pākehā 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
Died 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 Died at 81 (1877-1958)
Billy Stead, born John William Stead, was a rugby union player born in Invercargill who played for New Zealand, the All Blacks, on their 1905–06 tour. Stead also played provincially for ...more

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Brad McGann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Died at 43 (1964-2007)
Brad McGann MNZM, 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 University of Otago and in 1988 ...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 73
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
Died at 61 (1921-1982)
Bruce Mason is a film director and writer.

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Cameron Duncan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
Cameron Duncan Died at 17 (1986-2003)
Cameron Troy Duncan 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 Died 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 73
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 visual effects art director and filmmaker. He first met Peter Jackson as a 17 year old, and storyboarded all of Jackson's films since Braindead. He also cameoed ...more

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Christine Jeffs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 55
Christine Jeffs is a New Zealand-born director, editor and screenwriter known for directing the New Zealand film Rain, the British motion picture Sylvia, and the American independent film ...more

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Christopher Banks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from New Zealand
age 41
Christopher Banks 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 60
Costa Botes is a New Zealand writer, director and cinematographer, who works mainly in documentary.