Your Mother Ate My Dog! The Peter Jackson Phenomenon

Peter Jackson was born on Halloween 1961! Director, writer, actor, producer and… a genius. Growing up in New Zealand he developed a keen interest in horror movies. It is noticeable that he was filming from an early age. Jackson started his career in film as a fanatical hobbyist, creating small movies with simple technical means and with the help of a couple of friends. Unlike some other New Zealand film directors, Jackson has remained in New Zealand to make films, preferring to have Hollywood come to him, rather than going to Hollywood to make his films.

His greatest influences as he suggests are: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Evil Dead, Dawn of the Dead and the Hammer horror films. “Bad Education”.

Despite being a perfectionist, he has a reputation for needing significantly less budget than other directors to achieve spectacular results and he is also known for his bad taste in clothes. Jackson has his own way to present antithetical themes; tenderness, fairytale, epic heroism and violence all appear equally successfully strangely in his hero and anti-hero films.

An acting spot in a Swedish 1965 film titled “The Sandpiper” was his first.

The Sandpiper 1965

The Racing Game 1979 TV mini series

Romance on the Orient Express 1985 television

May We Borrow Your Husband? 1986 television

Cloud Waltzer 1987 television

The Beiderbecke Tapes 1987 television

Bad Taste 1989

The Beiderbecke Connection 1988 TV Series

Meet The Feebles 1989

A Day in Summer 1989 television

Missing Persons 1990 television

Braindead aka (Deadalive) 1992

Valley Of The Stereos 1992 # producer

Nightfire 1994

Heavenly Creatures 1994

The Genie From Down Under 1995 TV Series – producer

Jack Brown, Genius 1995 # exec producer

The Frighteners 1996

Forgotten Silver 1996

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

King Kong (2005)

Apart from the Lord Of the Rings my favourite film of Peter Jackson remains Heavenly Creatures. A brief reference :Heavenly Creatures (1994) is a film by Peter Jackson, based on the true story Two young imaginative girls become “best friends” and increasingly involved in a wild world of fantasy that exists only in their imagination. Their families start worryning about the girls’strange friendship and forrbid them to see each other. They murder the mother of one of the girls, motivated by their fantastic personas. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay the film also launched the career of actress Kate Winslet nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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