Hide on Peter Jackson

December 2nd, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

writes in the HoS:

Three cheers for Sir . He’s done it again. Another blockbuster movie. Made right here in New Zealand.

Sir Peter proves anything is possible. I would never have believed that a Kiwi down in New Zealand could make blockbuster movies. Not just blockbuster movies but movies that bust the Hollywood block.

Sir Peter’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was the biggest movie project ever undertaken. The trilogy grossed $3 billion at the box office. It won 17 Academy awards. The final in the series, Return of the King, won 11 Oscars, tying it withBen Hur and Titanic for the most Academy Awards ever.

 is even bigger. And, again, Sir Peter has delivered.

I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of The Unexpected Journey. The crowd and the enthusiasm for the movie was incredible. It wasn’t just hype. The stars were genuinely overcome by their reception. And their warmth for New Zealand, and for working with Sir Peter, was real. It was a tremendous feeling to be there.

I doubt there is any other city, where a significant proportion of the population would turn up for a movie premiere!

James Cameron, director of Avatar and Titanic, attended. He said the The Hobbit sets a new movie-making standard.

He also had this to say about Sir Peter, elevating the movie industry in New Zealand to a global level: “It’s really only happened a couple of times before, in Los Angeles and maybe London. It’s the first time it’s been done by a single film-maker.”

Jackson’s contribution to New Zealand, and especially Wellington, is almost unprecedented for an individual. I believe his legacy will outlive him and Wellington (and NZ) is well placed to continue as a moviemaking city, even when Jackson is not making films himself.

It’s easy for us to have an inferiority complex. Ours is a small country a long way from the rest of the world. We can easily believe we can’t do as well as the rest of the world. The rest of the world seems richer, bigger and closer to the action.

But Sir Peter proves that wrong. He entered one of the biggest, toughest industries in the world and did it bigger and better than anyone else.

We no longer suffer the tyranny of distance. And, yes, ours is a small population, but that no longer hampers us because now the entire world is only a nanosecond away.

Jackson can be finalising a film on the Sunday, and have it transmitted to Hollywood within a couple of hours.

Oh, The Hobbit has had its share of knockers – political activists, unionists, Peta, the disgruntled and the envious. Our biggest impediment may be the tall-poppy syndrome. But we shouldn’t let nagging ninnies blind us to achievement and opportunity.

Indeed, the Hobbit haters have had their share of publicity. For me, I can’t wait to see the film – especially at the faster frame rate.

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30 Responses to “Hide on Peter Jackson”

  1. kowtow (8,175 comments) says:

    Oh dear,more Hobbit hype.

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  2. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    The blockbusters are cool. I hope Jackson can find a way to shoot some NZ films as well, but in any case the film infrastructure should be there now to support some more amazing Kiwi movies.

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  3. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    Milliseconds, not nanoseconds. (The difference is only of the order of a million times slower!) :-)

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  4. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    This is a marvellous achievement and how was it done? Freedom of enterprise + creativity + lower taxes.

    Lower taxes attracts top industries, creates wealth, jobs and pride. Who’d have ever thought it….!

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  5. somewhatthoughtful (462 comments) says:

    Um, Kevin, “freedom of enterprise”? Really? You can credit it to all sorts, but “Freedom of Enterprise”? Riiiight…

    Your glasses appear to be a bit too rose tinted for your own good.

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  6. Rab McDowell (6 comments) says:

    I agree with Rodney’s and other’s sentiments, except if it is so big and so successful then why does it need special treatment (subsidies in normal language).

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  7. tvb (4,321 comments) says:

    It is an industry that has been built around one man. A brilliant man never-the less.

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  8. Lance (2,620 comments) says:

    @mikenmild
    But you lefties seem to hate PJ, think the Hobbit sucks and hope it all ends in tears.
    Or is that just most lefties?

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  9. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    Lance
    That’s just another Kiwiblog myth – you need to get out more.

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  10. jams (48 comments) says:

    @TVB,

    But it’s expanding to stand on it’s own without PJ needing to only make big films. Look at the range of productions Weta Digital works on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weta_Digital

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  11. YesWeDid (1,048 comments) says:

    So in this bizarre world of right wing triumphalism are we just meant to forget that the LOTR movies were made when we had a Labour government?

    And it’s ‘higher’ frame rate not ‘faster’ frame rate, there is a bit of a difference, I doubt you want to see the hobbits running around like keystone cops.

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  12. RF (1,366 comments) says:

    A pox on the knockers. I for one being your average right wing Kiwi stand behind Sir Peters outstanding films. If you don’t like the film, stay away and let the rest of us enjoy it.

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  13. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    I don’t know what this blog is more obsessed with – Peter Jackson, Same-sex marriage, or washing the feet of ex ACT MPs.

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  14. RF (1,366 comments) says:

    Oh shit.. Hobbit Hater Angels 12 coming out of sun. Who opened the crypt.

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  15. Keeping Stock (10,265 comments) says:

    I guess you’re one of the “nagging ninnies” that Hide referred to Hamnida. The Hobbit is going to be a huge international success, and a huge international opportunity for New Zealand. It’s going to happen, so you may as well embrace it.

    Still, at least you’re not wishing for it to rain razor blades today, or calling for anyone to be tried for treason; so much for the caring, sensitive Left.

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  16. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    Both labour and national are socialist parties but allow business to survive to pay the bills so its not surprising this has flourished under both parties. No if they played fair and gave the same tax incentives to small to medium businesses you’d really see some serious success in the NZ economy….

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  17. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    Well said, Kevin.

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  18. Dean Papa (787 comments) says:

    Indeed. The Hobbit will be an “international success”, whatever that is supposed to mean. But more importantly it will provide another excellent opportunity for humble little NZ to prostitute itself to the rest of the world. Whether or not you played a part in the production of the movie, or if your only contribution was sending off abusive and threatening emails to Robyn Malcolm, we can all take pride in Sir Jackos accomplishments. We are fully entitled to be high fiving each other in self congratulation, as if it was us who had the skill and tenacity to bring Hollywood to NZ. Because, as Sir Jacko has often said, the Hobbit is in all our DNA.

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  19. Reid (16,213 comments) says:

    …if they played fair and gave the same tax incentives to small to medium businesses you’d really see some serious success in the NZ economy.

    It’s the leakage to the revenue base Kevin that’s why they don’t do it. I don’t disagree with you but the reason it’s not done is because the company and partnership tax law generally does catch NZ activity. Sure larger corporates can afford to pay smart expensive professionals to exploit loopholes and you have point industries like film where there are special exceptions, but overall over the whole tax base, things work as they’re designed to there are no particular flaws. (There are flaws IMO in the personal tax base with respect to the trust vehicles, but that’s another story.)

    To target small-medium business you have to include all industries, in all regions. That’s huge. As well as all the light and medium industrial areas in every single place in NZ it includes every single farm, most marine operations, etc etc.

    I don’t know it well enough but I’d imagine there would be a number of areas the design could be improved, the tax act is designed to trawl for tax and therefore it’s not designed to incentivise or disincentivise and I personally think that’s a huge lost opportunity.

    I’ve explained before the Celtic Tiger model. One aspect was low tax regions usually in depressed areas where a multi-national could setup in exchange for much lower tax rates than other Irish Corporates paid. Personally I think it’s an opportunity lost not to use it to do things like that. We lost the Motorola I think it was R&D centre to Australia while Hulun was in charge and I always thought, imagine if they in say Palmy North around the Massey Campus right now, imagine what that would be bringing, year after year. But you couldn’t apply that to regions in NZ for small businesses of course, that would be hated by those who missed out. But that’s how I’d be using it if I were English and Dunn.

    I think personally our biggest issue is with the personal tax rate. Cut that

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  20. RF (1,366 comments) says:

    Dean Papa.. Robyn Malcolm. Ah yes a name that we have not heard of for some time. The Hobbit Hater had her 5 seconds in the sun light and now gone in a puff of smoke. I did not see her with Ms Ardern on the red carpet last week.

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  21. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Oh, The Hobbit has had its share of knockers – political activists, unionists, Peta, the disgruntled and the envious. Our biggest impediment may be the tall-poppy syndrome

    In Rodney’s usual inimitable, and at the same time polemical as ever, he constructs a whole column around straw men and solid old Kiwi myths.

    Let’s run through them:

    Hobbit knockers – In all the fuss generated by Jackson’s anti-employment rights stance, his and Warner Studios and John Key’s outright lies, and there has been much ado for sure! I have yet to see anyone actually knock the Hobbit as a movie idea. Rather, all involved bent over backwards to emphasis their devotion to the enterprise. Inconvenient, I know, but true.

    I’m sure kids will love the movie (including some overgrown ones) but Rodney is simply inventing a conspiracy theory look-a-like to justify the theme of his column. Like all right wing nut jobs, when challenged by reality, he just makes up one to suit. The latest US presidential election was vivid illustration of that particular fetish of the right.

    Political activists – like himself? It would be nice if named an example of a ‘political activist’ who knocked the fiction-based movie as opposed to real world concerns like tax breaks to US studios, abrogation of employment rights and alleged cruelty to animals.

    Unionists – of course, the pet hate of the right makes an obligatory guest appearance, ignoring that the ‘unionists’ are, in fact. employees of an organisation dedicated to advocacy for their members. Far from destroying the concept of the Hobbit or making making movies, they are merely doing an honest day’s work for their employer. One would think Rodney, surely someone who understands the sanctity of the contract, would praise their efforts on behalf of their members!

    Peta – an organisation who performs an invaluable, albeit in a glamorous and in-your-face style, service to those unable to speak for themselves, the animals we often exploit for our own selfish purposes. Again, Peta have never decried the movie but simply reacted to a very public complaint. Far from attacking the messenger, Jackson should be completely open and welcome investigation as it presents the ideal opportunity either show he is a good animal employer or demonstrate a willingness to move to best practice that would make us Kiwis even prouder of him. Attack as defence is always an indicator of something to hide (pun intended, if slightly laboured)

    The disgruntled and the envious – ah yes, the catch-all propagandist strategy of the bold, sweeping assertion, baseless in fact, but attractive to the uninformed, often immature, mind. I wouldn’t like to point the bone on a personal level at persons who contribute to this blog who prove such a ready audience for stuff like this from risible Rodney, but if the cap fits…

    Tall poppy – O really, this old canard again?

    Address the issues, Rodney, instead of just making stuff up.

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  22. kowtow (8,175 comments) says:

    Abu Lucy ‘s always making stuff up about those pesky Jews,so why can’t Rodders make up stuff too?

    Hobbit Knockers. Hamas knackers.

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  23. Reid (16,213 comments) says:

    …all involved bent over backwards to emphasis their devotion to the enterprise. Inconvenient, I know, but true.

    How come Warner Bros execs had to fly half-way around the world to resolve a dicey situation which wouldn’t have arisen had Liarbore’s very own close constituency partners, the unions, hadn’t raised an “issue” which no-one involved: i.e. the “workers” wanted them to raise, then? How come that HAD to happen, as a result of a non-issue, which their own members didn’t care about?

    Unionists – of course, the pet hate of the right makes an obligatory guest appearance

    So if a mental came into your house for no reason and completely trashed the whole place, shat on the rug, destroyed your Chinese Porcelain collection, you’d be a-OK?

    The disgruntled and the envious

    That’s us mate. We who dare to hope. To dream. To create. And Liarbore, YOUR party, destroys us. How dare you! We shall fight you on the beaches… and the Hobbits shall help us. And if that doesn’t work, we’ll give James a call, he lives in the ‘rapa as well, handily.

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  24. Dave Stringer (188 comments) says:

    if they played fair and gave the same tax incentives to small to medium businesses you’d really see some serious success in the NZ economy

    Balderdash!

    If they gave the same tax incentives to SMEs, which are captive within the NZ Financial System, all that would happen is that everyone else’s tax rates would have to go up to compensate for the lost revenue.
    What the Government did was spend about $15 million (net – check out the GST impact of the spend) to have a foreign company spend $400 MILLION here, thus expanding our financial system by that amount.

    I guess basic economics are a bit beyond some folk!

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  25. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    @reid

    You are just not keeping up with the play, mate.

    It was bullshite and the people who suffered were not the actors but the subbies – the actors stuff was just a smokescreen, already resolved when the nation watched these execs arrive to stare down limp-wristed Key.

    Anyway, it’s a done deal now and good luck to the movie, but Rodney’s inventions shouldn’t be left unchallenged.

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  26. Jack5 (5,007 comments) says:

    Rodney Hide supports one of the country’s most heavily subsidised industries!

    What happened to Hide’s oath of loyalty to Friedrich von Hayek? How did Hide get the memorised The Road to Serfdom out of the Hide brain?

    Rodney, the great little perk buster and once a right winger, has never been the same since Dancing with the Stars.
    Must have been dropped on his head in a practice session.

    Getting off the piss, getting fit, and a new lady is all very well, but surely this didn’t require him to become a Leftist Hobbit?

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  27. Azeraph (604 comments) says:

    Good on Jackson but as a kid i read the hobbit last and it never grabbed me like The Return of the King did, the Silmarillion was confusing but added that sense of immortal time, the Hobbit in our DNA? I don’t think so and i don’t think the world is a step away like the rest of the confused population think. Personally i think the modern Nzer is a confused wannabe multitasker. One just have to look at the cars in front of you while you are on the motorway, one in 3 cars will veer off lane as they try to text,tweet and read, watch video as well as drive at a 100 km’s an hour. Only a part of our brain will parallel process but when comes to input with driving, you’re better off monotasking. Humans cannot comprehend all input at once or save for later perusal though a lot of people will feel that they can and will act like they do, the reality is is that we don’t. It’s a meme even when it’s pointed out to people they will still try and then wonder why they still try to do it.

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  28. Steve Wrathall (283 comments) says:

    Yes We Did: “are we just meant to forget that the LOTR movies were made when we had a Labour government?”

    PJ won the right to film LOTR when Jenny Shipley was prime minister.

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  29. RRM (9,773 comments) says:

    I doubt you want to see the hobbits running around like keystone cops.

    :mad: And what if we DO, huh?

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  30. RRM (9,773 comments) says:

    On a serious note:

    Presumably if the company tax rate was dropped to the equivalent of [whatever Warners were offered for the Hobbit project] then

    1) Presumably that would attract further overseas industry to do work here?

    2) Can anyone / has anyone projected how soon all that anticipated additional business would make up for the instantaneous reduction in the tax take from domestic companies, that would immediately follow such an across-the-board tax cut? I mean in real analytical figures, rather than partizan political rhetoric?

    (Presumably the Govt has to take care not to launch into a tax reform that would theoretically lead to a golden future by year +15, only to get into irrecoverable govt debt by year +4…?)

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