"Remember: pain is temporary, film is forever."—Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson is a New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter, best known for his hugely successful The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, adapted from the book of the same name. The final movie of the trilogy, The Return of the King, won 11 Academy Awards in 2004, including Best Picture and Best Director. This made him one of only six people to have won Oscars for directing, producing and screenwriting in the same year.
Prior to his work on the trilogy, he already had a cult following for his splatter comedies. In 1994, he received his first Academy Award screenwriting nomination for Heavenly Creatures, based on the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder, committed by two teenage girls in Christchurch, New Zealand. His first big budget movie was The Frighteners, starring Michael J. Fox. Unfortunately, the movie wasn't commercially successful. In 2005, he finally fulfilled his dream to remake the 1933 classic King Kong. In January 2010 he became a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, officially becoming Sir Peter Jackson, and later in June 2012 he became an Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand, New Zealand's highest honour.
Peter Jackson is known for his macabre sense of humor, his attention to detail, his dedication to the job and his general playfulness. He is also a noted perfectionist, demanding numerous takes of scenes from different angles. His work often features multiple camera angles and shots, as well as zooming closeups on characters' faces. He is known for using computer enhancement technology and digital special effects. He also likes to make cameo appearances in his films, and others too; for example, he made an uncredited appearance in Hot Fuzz as a knife-wielding Santa Claus.
His studio has also made a fully functional mermaid's tail prosthetic for Nadia Vessey.
He possesses something of a divided fanbase over which of his works are good/better. His early, smaller works from Bad Taste to The Frighteners. Or from Heavenly Creatures to now. Or from The Lord of the Rings to the present.
Some of his notable works include :
- Bad Taste (1987)
- Meet the Feebles (1989)
- Braindead (Released in the US as Dead Alive) (1992)
- Heavenly Creatures (1994)
- The Frighteners (1996)
- The Lord of the Rings
- The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
- The Two Towers (2002)
- The Return of the King (2003)
- King Kong (2005)
- District 9 (2009) (Produced, not Directed by him)
- The Lovely Bones (2009) (Currently his only "rotten" movie on Rotten Tomatoes)
- The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn (2011) (produced, slated to direct the sequel)
- The Hobbit
- An Unexpected Journey (2012)
- There And Back Again (2013)