Ge­off Mur­phy

Film di­rec­tor

Daily Express - - Lives Remembered -

BORN: OC­TO­BER 12, 1938 – DIED: DE­CEM­BER 3, 2018, AGED 80

GE­OFF Mur­phy was a key pi­o­neer of the mod­ern New Zealand film in­dus­try, with cred­its in­clud­ing Good­bye Pork Pie, his coun­try’s first home­grown com­mer­cial hit.

While Mur­phy made many suc­cess­ful films, such as The Quiet Earth and Utu, mod­ern au­di­ences would prob­a­bly have en­coun­tered his work with­out recog­nis­ing his part in it.

Mur­phy was sec­ond unit di­rec­tor on Peter Jack­son’s The Lord Of The Rings tril­ogy and took charge of many of the epic movie’s fa­mous bat­tle scenes.

Mur­phy grew up in Welling­ton where he at­tended St Pa­trick’s Col­lege and started out as a school­teacher.

His wife, Mer­ata Mita, an ac­tress and film-maker, died in 2010.

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