Takeaways and Coke at the genesis of NZ’s film industry

by Tom Hunt — 20 November 2021

Oscar winner Sir Richard Taylor has talked about how Lord of the Rings started, in a way, with a bottle of Coke and fish and chips.

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.

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