Jackson grew up in Pukerua Bay, a coastal town near Wellington – and developed a love of films as a child. He has cited King Kong as one of his all-time favourite films, and fulfilled a life-long dream when he was signed on to remake the 1933 classic in 2005.
Film-making was a passion for Jackson from childhood when he made short films with friends – he even attempted to remake King Kong using stop-motion models at the age of nine.
Jackson specialised in ‘splatstick’ horror comedies early in his career.
While Jackson had no formal training in film-making or special effects, his early grounding would ensure Jackson’s later success – winning three Academy Awards for The Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King, the final movie in the world-famous The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.