Famous New Zealander Directors

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 1 Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi
Famous As: Film director Known for What We Do in the Shadows and Boy
Birthdate: August 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raukokore, Waihau Bay, New Zealand

 2 Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson
Famous As: Director
Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

New Zealand director/producer Peter Jackson is best known for his three-time Academy Award-winning work in The Return of the King, the third part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The third-highest-grossing director ever, he is also the man behind The Hobbit trilogy and the 2005 film King Kong

 3 Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Active in the film industry for over 35 years, Russell Crowe is an actor, film producer, director, and musician. Gaining international fame with his role in the epic historical film Gladiator in 2000, he is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award.

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 4 Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis
Famous As: Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Television producer, Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 5 Jane Campion

Jane Campion
Famous As: Screenwriter, Film director, Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 6 Lee Tamahori

Lee Tamahori
Famous As: Film director, Actor
Birthdate: June 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington

 7 Niki Caro

Niki Caro
Famous As: Director known for 2002 film Whale Rider was critically praised and won a number of awards
Birthdate: September 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
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 8 Martin Campbell

Martin Campbell
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: October 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hastings, New Zealand

Martin Campbell is a New Zealand film and TV director based in UK. He directed the British miniseries Edge of Darkness, for which he won a BAFTA. Beginning his career directing softcore sex comedies, he eventually graduated to directing popular action films, including two James Bond films. He also directed two Zorro films.

 9 Parris Goebel

Parris Goebel
Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: October 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manurewa, New Zealand

 10 Andrew Niccol

Andrew Niccol
Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paraparaumu, New Zealand

 11 Michael Hurst

Michael Hurst
Famous As: Actor, Film director and Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lancashire, England

 12 Roger Donaldson

Roger Donaldson
Famous As: Director of films such as Cocktail, No Way Out, and Dante's Peak
Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia

 13 Andrew Adamson

Andrew Adamson
Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Auckland

 14 Nathaniel Lees

Nathaniel Lees
Famous As: Best known for film roles in The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions
Birthdate: July 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 15 James Napier Robertson

James Napier Robertson
Famous As: Director, screenwriter and actor
Birthdate: March 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 16 Len Lye

Len Lye
Famous As: artist, film director, sculptor
Birthdate: June 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Christchurch
Died: May 15, 1980

 17 Roseanne Liang

Roseanne Liang
Famous As: Director/co-writer of My Wedding and Other Secrets
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: New Zealand

 18 George Lowe

George Lowe
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: January 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hastings, New Zealand
Died: March 20, 2013

 19 Alexander Grant

Alexander Grant
Famous As: Ballet dancer
Birthdate: February 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
Died: September 30, 2011

 20 Riley Reid

Riley Reid
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Zealand