Geoff Murphy

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A leading if somewhat uneven figure among the glories of New Zealand cinema who made his mark in the 1980s, director-writer-producer Murphy became a hired gun in the first capacity in Hollywood action fare of the 90s. A ... Read more »
Born: 06/13/1946 in Wellington, NZ

Filmography

Director (16)

Spooked 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Fortress II 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magnificent Seven 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Dante's Peak 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Don't Look Back 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Outlaw 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Freejack 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Never Say Die 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Quiet Earth 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Utu 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Goodbye Pork Pie 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Blind Side (TV Show)

Director

Race Against Time (TV Show)

Director

Red King, White Knight (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Spooked 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dante's Peak 1997 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Mauri 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Never Say Die 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Utu 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Goodbye Pork Pie 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (5)

Spooked 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Never Say Die 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Wrong 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Utu 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Goodbye Pork Pie 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (4)

Gotham 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christian Slater: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mauri 1988 (Movie)

Mr Semmens (Actor)

Never Say Die 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Sleeping Dogs 1977 (Movie)

(Special Effects)
Production Management (1)

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

Second Unit Director (Assistant Director)
Other (5)

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Mauri 1988 (Movie)

technical consultant (Consultant)

Patu! 1982 (Movie)

production facilities (Production)

Biography

A leading if somewhat uneven figure among the glories of New Zealand cinema who made his mark in the 1980s, director-writer-producer Murphy became a hired gun in the first capacity in Hollywood action fare of the 90s. A former teacher and published author, he earned an early credit working on special effects for the political adventure, "Sleeping Dogs" (1977). Murphy made his screenwriting, directing and producing debut with the car chase action comedy "Goodbye Pork Pie" (1980). Although the antics of the protagonists were more crude and rowdy than genuinely witty or provocative, the film had energy, was technically playful, and scored a huge hit both in New Zealand and abroad.

Milestones

1990

Directed first American feature, "Young Guns II"

1989

Directed first US TV-movie, "Red King, White Knight" (HBO)

1988

Last film in New Zealand before starting to make American films, "Never Say Die"

1982

Produced, directed and co-scipted "Utu", reportedly the most expensive film made in New Zealand at the time

1980

Feature directorial, producing and screenwriting debut, "Goodbye Pork Pie"

1977

Earned screen credit for "special effects" on the political adventure drama, "Sleeping Dogs"

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