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While a great variety of films, actors and film makers are from New Zealand, it’s not necessarily a place that springs to mind internationally for having such talent, not only in it’s people, but also by sheer fluke of it’s superb natural landscape, often people cite Americans, Brits or Australians as the major talent pool.

Of course, many people will point out that the main export of not only New Zealands film industry, but that the main export of New Zealand at large is Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson is however famous for directing a lot of great New Zealand movies. Bad Taste, Heavenly Creatures, and the rather eccentric puppet based offering, Meet The Feebles.

He also did King Kong, and The Hobbit, in case you hadn’t noticed.

There are a few other notable directors though, Jonathan King – Black Sheep, Roger Donaldson – The World’s Fastest Indian/Smash Palace, Lee Tamahori – Once Were Warriors. Some of these are fairly obvious, but if there’s one there you haven’t seen, check their films out.

Now in terms of notable actors and actresses, New Zealand has more than a few, and they’re known for handing out cans of whoop ass. Now, I know many of you will think straight away of Russell ‘Fighting ‘Round The World’ Crowe, but did you know that the warrior princess herself, Lucy Lawless, happens to be a New Zealander?

Yes, Xena the Warrior Princess is my home girl. Which is amazing and actually makes me feel kind of proud!

We do have some brave men too however, Sam Neill also happens to be from New Zealand, a man brave enough to battle dinosaurs and of course, I will mention Russ in all his glory, for he did brilliantly play Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius.

What I should be asking is, what is the deal with Australia co-opting our actors! Cheeky!

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