by Tom Hunt — 20 November 2021
Sir Richard Taylor has revealed the very Kiwi genesis of Wellington’s multibillion-dollar film industry.
“Pete said, grab the guys, pick up some fish and chips and a bottle of Coke and come around, I have got something to tell you,” Taylor told journalist Jehan Casinader on the Imagine This podcast, launched by WellingtonNZ, looking at Wellington’s business landscape.
What Sir Peter Jackson told Taylor, his partner Tania, and five designers that day in the 1990s was that he had secured a deal with Miramax to make the Lord of the Rings films, which were made in New Zealand and ended up grossing more than $4 billion.
“That was when [Wellington’s film industry] really exploded,” WellingtonNZ general manager Anna Calver said.