How New Zealand’s film industry boomed during the pandemic

by BBC — December 12, 2020

Avatar producer Jon Landau shared behind-the-scenes shots from the production in New Zealand

It might be found at the bottom of the globe, but New Zealand has been at the top of the movie industry in 2020.

Thanks to its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, the country is enjoying an unprecedented boom in film production, with directors seeking safe conditions, and that most elusive thing this year – a normal life.

International blockbusters including James Cameron’s Avatar sequels, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog – starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst – all managed complex film shoots in New Zealand this year.

The country’s home-grown movies have also received a boost at the box office by Kiwis supporting their industry, leading one local filmmaker to joke that they’re now living in “the Hollywood of the Pacific”.

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