Thursday 22 February 2018

Peter Jackson receives knighthood

Peter Jackson has been made a knight
Peter Jackson has been made a knight

Peter Jackson has been made a knight.

The Lord Of The Rings director accepted the honour in his native New Zealand on behalf of the thousands of people who helped make his movies.

"I feel incredibly humbled," he said at the investiture ceremony in Wellington, where New Zealand's head of state, Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, did the honours in lieu of the Queen.

His knighthood was for services to the arts in New Zealand.

"The truth is, making movies is not a solo effort - it involves hundreds of people, thousands of people - so I feel as though I'm accepting it on behalf of the industry," he said.

Jackson has risen from a maker of low-budget horror films to the heights of Hollywood.

His crowning achievement remains the three-movie adaptation of Lord Of The Rings, which transformed the rugged landscape of New Zealand into the Middle Earth of JRR Tolkien's fantasy epic - spurring a real-life tourism industry along the way.

The final movie in the trilogy won 11 Academy Awards.

Jackson has gone on to remake King Kong, and his latest film is The Lovely Bones.

In 2003 he opened Park Road Post Production movie centre in Wellington. It includes special effects and animation companies Weta Digital and Weta Workshop. The facilities have established New Zealand as a major film production location. Much of James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar was filmed and produced there.

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