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  • Real name : Peter Robert Jackson
  • Date of birth : 31/10/1961

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Peter Jackson (1961)

Peter Robert Jackson

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Sir Peter Robert Jackson, KNZM is a New Zealand film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter, known for his The Lord of the Rings film trilogy , adapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien.

He won international attention early in his career with his "splatstick" horror comedies such as Bad Taste and Braindead , before coming to mainstream prominence with Heavenly Creatures , for which he shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nomination with his wife, Fran Walsh. Jackson has been awarded three Academy Awards in his career, including the award for Best Director in 2003; he also won the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Saturn Award for Best Direction the same year.

His films also include Meet the Feebles , The Frighteners , King Kong , The Lovely Bones , and the upcoming The Lord of the Rings prequels The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again . He is also the producer of District 9 and The Adventures of Tintin .

Jackson was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002. He was later knighted by Governor-General Anand Satyanand at a ceremony in Wellington in April, 2010.

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Jackson, an only child, was born on 31 October 1961. He grew up in Pukerua Bay, a coastal town near Wellington. His parents - Joan, a factory worker and housewife, and William Jackson, a wages clerk - were both immigrants from England. His father was a veteran of the Siege of Malta in World War II. As a child, Jackson was a keen film fan, growing up on Ray Harryhausen films as well as finding inspiration in the television series Thunderbirds and Monty Python's Flying Circus. After a family friend gave the Jacksons a Super 8 cine-camera with Peter in mind, he began making short films with his friends. Jackson has long cited King Kong as his favourite film and around the age of nine he attempted to remake it using his own stop-motion models. Also as a child the young Jackson made a WWII epic and a James Bond spoof named Coldfinger. Most notably though was a 10 minute short called 'The Valley' which won him a special prize because of the shots he used.

Jackson had no formal training in film-making, but learned about editing, special effects and make-up largely through his own trial and error. As a teenager Jackson discovered the work of author J. R. R. Tolkien after watching The Lord of the Rings , an animated film by Ralph Bakshi that was a part-adaptation of Tolkien's fantasy trilogy.

When he was 16 years old, Jackson left school and began working full time as a photo lithographer for a newspaper. For the 7 years he worked there, Jackson lived at home with his parents so he could save as much money as possible to spend on filming equipment. After two years of work Jackson bought a 16 mm camera, and began shooting a short film that later became Bad Taste.

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