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.
Fran Walsh is a New Zealand film producer and screenwriter. Along with her partner Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh has produced films like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which earned her three Academy Awards in 2004.
Andrew Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, film director, and producer. He is best known for writing the 1998 American film The Truman Show, which won the BAFTA Award under the Best Original Screenplay category. Andrew Niccol's films explore social, political, and cultural issues.
Niki Caro is a screenwriter and film director. She achieved international prominence in 2002 when she directed the critically acclaimed drama film Whale Rider, which won several honors at international film festivals. In 2020, she directed Mulan, becoming the second director from New Zealand to be hired by Disney to direct a movie with a minimum budget of $100 million.
Roger Donaldson is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director, and writer. He is best known for his association with world-renowned actors like Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, and Anthony Hopkins. Roger Donaldson is credited with directing several successful films like No Way Out, Cadillac Man, and Species.
Philippa Boyens is a New Zealand film producer and screenwriter. She is best known for her association with Peter Jackson, having co-written the screenplay for Jackson's popular films like The Hobbit series and The Lord of the Rings series. In 2004, Boyens received the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the third installment of The Lord of the Rings series.
Richard Taylor is a New Zealand filmmaker best known as the founder and head of the world-renowned special effects company, Wētā Workshop. He won four Academy Awards for his work in The Lord of the Rings film series. Richard Taylor also won an Oscar under the Best Visual Effects category for his work in the 2005 film King Kong.
James Napier Robertson is a New Zealand film director, writer, actor, and producer. He is best known for directing the 2014 film The Dark Horse, which earned him the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards at the New Zealand Film Awards. The film is also widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever produced in New Zealand.