Geoff Murphy


New Zealand filmmaker, as a producer, director, and screenwriter Geoffrey Peter Murphy was born on October 1938 and died on December 3, 2018.

Geoff Murphy was best known for his work during the renaissance of New Zealand cinema that began in the last half of the 1970s.

Murphy’s second feature Goodbye Pork Pie (1981) was the first New Zealand film to win major commercial success on its own soil.

Murphy directed several Hollywood features during the 1990s, before returning to New Zealand as second-unit director on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Murphy had also been a scriptwriter, special effects technician, schoolteacher and trumpet player.

Murphy was raise in the Wellington suburb of Highbury, and attended St. Vincent de Paul School in Kelburn and St. Patrick’s College, Wellington, before training and working as a schoolteacher.

Murphy was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to film, in the 2014 New Year Honours.

During the same year, Murphy was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature by Massey University.

Geoff Murphy passed away at 80 years old.


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