With New Zealand National Film Unit (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Worzel Gummidge Down Under (1987–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.2
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The continuing adventures of the magic scarecrow, only this time he's in New Zealand.

Stars: Jon Pertwee, Bruce Phillips, Jonathan Marks, Olivia Ihimaera-Smiler

Votes: 63

2. Klynham Summer (1982)

PG | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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The same night as a girl is slain in the woods, the teenagers Sam and Les are robbed of all of their hard earned hens. In the quest for their hens they cross the murderer's path.

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Jono Smith, Tracy Mann, Daniel McLaren, John Carradine

Votes: 160

3. The Monster's Christmas (1981 TV Movie)

47 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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In her bed on Christmas Eve, a little girl reads an illustrated storybook entitled "The Monster's Christmas" to her teddy bear, as something sneaks around in the trees outside her window. ... See full summary »

Director: Yvonne Mackay | Stars: Paul Farrell, Lee Hatherly, Paul Jenden, Bernard Kearns

Votes: 34

4. Leave All Fair (1985)

Drama

5.9
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It was only after her death that the work of New Zealand writer, Katherine Mansfield, became well known, thanks to her editor and husband, John Middleton-Murry. She had left New Zealand to ... See full summary »

Director: John Reid | Stars: John Gielgud, Jane Birkin, Féodor Atkine, Simon Ward

Votes: 29

5. Landfall (1975)

86 min | Drama

5.1
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The story of the disintegration of a back-to-the-earth rural commune. Discovered to be using illegal drugs by a local policeman, the members of the commune kill him and bury him in their ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Maunder | Stars: Denise Maunder, John Anderson, Sam Neill, Gael Anderson

Votes: 16

6. Telephone Etiquette (1974)

Comedy

7.6
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The story of one man's quest to ensure others speak properly via the telecommunications network system...

Director: Sam Neill | Stars: John Banas, Grant Tilly, Ross Jolly, Jane McKechnie

Votes: 14

7. Sons for the Return Home (1979)

117 min

4.7
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A relationship develops between a Samoan and a New Zealander, but each finds the other's culture a hard adjustment. Friends and family are not supportive, particularly when she becomes pregnant, although he proposes marriage.

Director: Paul Maunder | Stars: Uelese Petaia, Fiona Lindsay, Moira Walker, Lani Tupu

Votes: 13

8. The Governor (1977)

Drama

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Stars: Corin Redgrave, Judy Cleine, Wi Kuki Kaa, Michael Noonan

9. The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil (1986)

8 min | Western, Animation, Short

6.3
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A frog gets trapped in a liquor bottle.

Director: Bob Stenhouse | Star: Grant Tilly

Votes: 89

10. A Woman of Good Character (1980)

74 min | Drama

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A young servant girl from England seeks a new life in 19th Century New Zealand.

Director: David Blyth | Stars: Sarah Peirse, Jeremy Stephens, Derek Hardwick, Bruno Lawrence

11. Gone Up North for a While (1972 TV Movie)

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Director: Paul Maunder | Stars: Denise Maunder, Marian Rowe, Paul Holmes, Grant Tilly

12. It's Lizzie to Those Close (1983 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama

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Director: David Blyth | Stars: Sarah Peirse, Jeremy Stephens, Derek Hardwick, Bruno Lawrence

13. The Water Cycle (1972)

Short

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Director: Philip McDonald | Star: Sam Neill

14. Cowboys of Culture (1990 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

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Director: Geoff Steven | Stars: Geoff Steven, Roger Horrocks, Bruno Lawrence, Alun Bollinger

15. Winners and Losers (1975–1976)

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Ian Mune, Bob Crockett, Ivan Beavis, Bernard Moody

16. A Queen's World Tour (1954)

84 min | Documentary

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This is a documentary covering Queen Elizabeth II's World Tour or, at least, the portion through the Fiji Islands, the Friendly Islands and New Zealand. The Queen attends some festivals in ... See full summary »

Director: Oxley Hughan | Stars: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II

17. Surf Sail (1978)

20 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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A documentary about the new (then) sport of wind surfing and about the 1st crossing of Cook Strait by 4 wind surfers.

Director: Sam Neill | Stars: Suzie Gibb, Grant Beck, Chris Wiley, John Cataldo

Votes: 6

19. The Crown in New Zealand (1970 TV Movie)

25 min | Documentary

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Stars: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, Peter Vere-Jones, Alan Jervis Wilks

20. 140 Days Under the World (1964)

33 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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One summer's work by New Zealand scientists in the Ross Dependency in the Antarctic and the exploration of some of the last unmapped regions.

Votes: 11

21. Nearly No Christmas (1983 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama, Family

1.3
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The year that Santa and his Helpers had to fix the toy factory...

Director: Yvonne Mackay | Stars: Michael Haigh, Mildred Woods, John Banas, John Bach

Votes: 115

22. Architect Athfield (1977)

54 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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Examines the practical philosophy, the achievements and frustrations of one of New Zealand's most lively and innovative architects, Ian Athfield. The film provides a portrait of the ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Neill | Star: Sam Neill

Votes: 6

23. Four Shorts on Architecture (1975)

32 min | Short, Documentary

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A look at various styles of architecture, including residential and commericial, rural and urban.

Director: Sam Neill

24. Lie of the Land (1985)

93 min | Drama

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Director: Graham McLean | Stars: Roberta Wallach, Marshall Napier, Terence Cooper, Jonathan Hardy

25. The Sealhunters (1973)

10 min | Short, Drama

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Director: Paul Maunder | Stars: John Anderson, Patricia Birdling, Denise Maunder

26. The Young Giant Kaingaroa (1966)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Brian E. Cross | Star: Alan Jervis Wilks

27. On the Road with Red Mole (1977)

52 min | Documentary

6.6
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A documentary about the New Zealand theatre troupe "Red Mole".

Director: Sam Neill | Stars: Alan Brunton, John Davies, Martin Edmond, Deborah Hunt

Votes: 9

28. Flare: A Ski Trip (1977)

23 min | Short, Documentary

6.0
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A documentary about skiing done for the New Zealand Tourist and Publicity Department.

Director: Sam Neill | Stars: Arthur Klapp, Lynn Klap, Huia Irwin, John Irwin

Votes: 6

29. This Is New Zealand (1970)

21 min | Documentary, Short

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Three projectors throw separate 35mm images onto each screen, giving the impact of Cinerama with the added advantage of showing the main scene with two supplementary ones with quite unparalleled views of New Zealand and her people.

Director: Hugh Macdonald

30. C'mon to New Zealand (1969)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Arthur Everad | Star: Alan Jervis Wilks

31. Jack Winter's Dream (1979)

58 min | Drama

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Director: David Sims | Stars: Patric Carey, Bernard Kearns, Michael McGrath, Martyn Sanderson

32. New Country: New People (1978)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Sam Neill

33. The Magpies (1974)

5 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Martyn Sanderson | Stars: Graham Cullilford, Denis Glover, Martyn Sanderson

34. Pictures (1981)

87 min

5.2
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The story of the brothers Alfred and Walter Burton, who founded an influential photography studio in late 19th-century New Zealand and captured an important period in the country's history.

Director: Michael Black | Stars: Kevin J. Wilson, Peter Vere-Jones, Helen Moulder, Elizabeth Coulter

Votes: 23

35. Queen's Royal Journey (1954)

62 min | Documentary

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Director: Oxley Hughan | Star: Queen Elizabeth II

36. The Line (1970)

16 min | Short

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Director: Brian E. Cross

37. Men and Super Men (1975)

31 min | Short, Drama

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Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Eddie Wright, Norris Smith, Stephen Tozer, Stephen Crane

38. Hunchin' Down the Track (1980 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

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Director: Geoff Dixon | Stars: Bob Armitage, Nigel Westlake, Steve Hodge, Greg Morris

39. The Great Fish of Maui (1973)

7 min | Short, Animation, Comedy

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Director: Fred O'Neill

40. Weekly Review No. 232: Maori Battalion Returns (1946)

10 min | Short, News

5.6
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A New Zealand newsreel which documents the return of the Maori Battalion from their service in World War II.

Director: Russell Reid | Star: Rex Walden

Votes: 47

41. Picturesque New Zealand (1952)

Approved | 8 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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This Traveltalks visit to New Zealand starts in Auckland, a bustling, modern city. We see scenes of the downtown area with lots of automobile traffic and streetcars. Next is Christchurch, ... See full summary »

Stars: James A. FitzPatrick, The Rangitoto Maori Choir

Votes: 23

42. Sheep Dog (1988)

Short

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43. Discovery (1962–1971)
Episode: Discovery Goes to New Zealand (1971)

Documentary, Family

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Director: Gene Feldman | Star: Virginia Gibson

44. Winners and Losers (1975–1976)
Episode: After the Depression (1976)

Drama

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Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Clyde Scott, Jane Dyver, Cass Donaldson, Bernard Moody


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