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The Rock-itt : February 2010
New Zealand born director, producer and writer, Peter Jackson, has brought to the big screen the most out of this world's fascinating creatures and characters over his career, whether that be a giant gorilla, walking tress, trolls, hobbits, and ghouls. Jackson's parents migrated from England to the New Zealand town of Pukerua Bay where Jackson was born and grew up with a love of Slapstick films along with the television shows, Thunderbirds and Monty Python's Flying Circus. Jackson started making films young, using a Super 8 camera to film with his friends. Jackson's favourite film was King Kong, and as a 9 year old attempted to remake it with his toys in stop animation. Over 25 years later Jackson would make King Kong, the only difference is that he had a 207 million dollar budget the second time around. After leaving School Jackson took a job working as a photoengraver for a newspaper company in Wellington in attempt to save up enough money to make a movie although he had no formal film training, instead learning about editing and special effects through his own trial and error. After 4 years of saving, Jackson finally made his first film in 1987, using his friends (and himself, twice) as the actors to save money. 'Bad Taste' was about aliens coming to earth to turn humans to food, and was filmed only on the weekends as everyone worked full time. The film was a late entry in the Cannes film festival and was sold to 12 countries. Jackson made another two low- budget comedies before hitting the big time. 'Meet the Feebles' , a musical comedy featuring puppets, closely resembling the Muppets. The Kiwi then when on to make 'Braindead' a splatter movie which was very well received by the people that saw it, and Jackson used this film to experiment with special effects using slow motion and many gory make-up techniques. After impressing with his previous two films, Jackson was given the reigns to 'Heavenly Creatures' starring Kate Winslet. The film gained considerable critical acclaim and was even nominated for an academy award for best original screenplay, and making the top 10 films of the year in almost every notable countdown. Miramax were so impressed with Jackson's first major assignment they signed the young director to a first-look deal. Jackson then took on his biggest project to date, 'The Freighters' starring Michael J. Fox, and was filmed in New Zealand even though it was set in the USA. The film was considered a flop, and the films distributors where disappointed with everyone involved. This wasn't good for Jackson who had expressed interest in re-making King Kong at the time, but because 'Mighty Joe Young' (another film featuring a Notable Films Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong