Fantasy has taken Peter Jackson from cult fame to Hollywood force. His handling of Tolkien's best-known tale has put Frodo Baggins alongside James Bond and Luke Skywalker as one of the most successful ongoing stories in movie history, and with good reason. The Fellowship of the Ring is the pot of gold that fans of the fantasy genre have long hoped for: a thing of vision and magic, and respect.Ian Prior: Peter Jackson: From prince of splatter to lord of the rings.

Sir Peter Jackson was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on Halloween in 1961. He grew up in Pukerua Bay, near Wellington. He began making movies at an early age using his parents' Super 8 camera.  At 17, he left school and, after purchasing a 16mm camera, began shooting a science fiction comedy short, which 3 years later had grown into a 75-minute feature called Bad Taste.

In 1986, Sir Peter quit his job as an apprentice photo engraver after he received his first grant from the New Zealand Film Commission of $5,000.  Bad Taste, his first feature film, was released two years later.  He wrote, photographed, edited, did make-up and special effects and starred in the film.  Bad Taste has become and indie movie classic.

The collaborative creative partnership between Sir Peter and his wife Fran Walsh has been at the centre of Sir Peter's career in film.  Fran and Sir Peter co-wrote Meet the Feebles in 1990.  This was one of three movies created with support from producer Jim Booth, who also assisted the production of Braindead and Heavenly CreaturesBraindead won 16 international science fiction awards, including a Saturn Award.  Sir Peter continues to work closely with Fran Walsh, with whom he shares writing and producing credits for many of his films.

Sir Peter received widespread acclaim for Heavenly Creatures, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay in 1994.  Sir Peter's first box-office hit was The Frighteners, starring Michael J Fox, which was released in 1996.

Sir Peter took on the role of producer with the television documentary Forgotten Silver, which he also co-directed.  The film featured in the film festival circuit.  In 2009, Sir Peter produced the Academy Award nominated scinence fiction drama District 9 directed by Neill Blomkamp. He is a producer on Steven Spielberg's Tintin and he will also direct the second of the three planned films.

Sir Peter made history with The Lord of the Rings trilogy by becoming the first person to direct three major feature films simultaneously. The Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers and The Return of the King were nominated for and collected a slew of film awards from around the globe, including 17 Academy Awards, 12 British Academy of Film and Television Awards and four Golden Globes. 

It was for The Return of the King that Sir Peter received his most impressive collection of awards.  This included three Academy Awards (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture), two Golden Globes (Best Director and Best Motion Picture - Drama), three BAFTAs (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film and Audience), a Directors Guild Award, a Producers Guild Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award.

After completing The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Sir Peter directed, wrote and produced King Kong for Universal Pictures. The film won three Oscars.

In the 2010 Queen's New Year's Honours List he was made a Knight Companion of the Order of New Zealand for his services to the film industry.  He received an Arts Foundation Icon Award in 2011.  The Icon Award honours extraordinary New Zealand artists who have made a significant impact on their chosen art form.  Sir Peter was recognised for his contribution as a leader in New Zealand film.  The Award is considered the Arts Foundation's highest honour and is limited to a living circle of twenty artists. 

 
 Sir Peter Jackson - with his Arts Foundation Icon Award medallion - received in 2011

In 2012 Sir Peter received an ONZ (Additional Member of the said Order) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.  This is New Zealand's highest honour.

Jackson directed The Hobbit Trilogy: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), which was nominated for and won multiple awards.

On a visit to the South Pacific in May 2016, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls presented Pardington with one of France's highest honours, the Order des Arts et des Lettres. The Order recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the arts, and can be awarded to recipients from all over the world.  

Sir Peter has a special interest in WWI memorabilia and is the proud owner of a Sopwith Camel bi-wing. Sir Peter lives in Wellington with his partner Fran Walsh and their two children.

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The Hobbit - View the four trailers for Sir Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit'.
2011
Tintin - produced by Sir Peter Jackson. The intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure

2011
Peter Jackson (Film maker) featured on TVNZ 7's broadcast of 'The Artists', produced in partnership with the Arts Foundation following the 2011 Arts Foundation Icon Awards.
2009
Sir Peter Jackson directs the film adaptation of novel The Lovely Bones, written by Alice Sebold in 2002.
2009
District 9 - produced by Sir Peter Jackson. An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.
2005
In 2005, Sir Peter Jackson directed the remake of the 1933 film King Kong.
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View the trailers for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King.
1996
Sir Peter Jackson's first box-office hit, featuring Michael J Fox.
1994
Sir Peter Jackson co-wrote and directed 'Heavenly Creatures', based on the 1954 murder of Honora Parker by her daughter Pauline Parker and friend Juliet Hulme.
1990
Sir Peter Jackson does adults only puppet comedy.
1988
Sir Peter Jackson's first feature-length film
1961
  Born, Wellington, New Zealand
1983
Made first 10-minute short film Roast of the Day
1988
Release of first feature film, Bad Taste
1993
Formed Weta Digital, digital visual effects company, Wellington, NZ
1994
Heavenly Creatures earns an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay
1995
Co-directed mockumentary, Forgotten Silver, with Costa Botes
1997 - 200
Lord of the Rings trilogy shot back-to-back in NZ
2003
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers nominated for Best Picture Oscar; Best Director Golden Globe Award and for Outstanding Directorial Achievement by the Directors Guild of America
2004
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King took an Oscar in each nominated category, 11 in total, joining Ben Hur and Titanic with the most recorded Oscars
2005
Directed remake of 1930's King Kong; earned Golden Globe nomination for Best Director
2009
Produced District 9, directed by Neill BlomkampDirected feature film adaptation of The Lovely Bones
2010
Academy Award Best Picture Nomination for District 9;Produced The Adventures of Tintin (due for release in December 2010); Knighted (as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit)
2011
Commenced principal photography on The Hobbit;Arts Foundation Icon Award
2012
The Adventures of Tintin wins Best Animated Film award at Golden Globes;Awarded ONZ (Order of New Zealand) - New Zealand's highest honour - for services to New Zealand. Jackson directs the first of The Hobbit Trilogy, An Unexpected Journey.
2013
The second in The Hobbit series, The Desolation of Smaug, is released.
2014
The final in The Hobbit series, The Battle of the Five Armies, is released.
2016
receives the honour of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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