Geoff Murphy ONMZ is an iconic New Zealand filmmaker best known for his work during the renaissance of New Zealand cinema that began in the last half of the 1970s. His second feature Goodbye Pork Pie was the first New Zealand movie to win major commercial success on its own soil.
Murphy directed a string of Hollywood features during the 1990s, before returning to New Zealand as second unit director on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The versatile Murphy has also been a scriptwriter, special effects technician, schoolteacher and trumpet player. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2014 New Year Honours List.