After all these years, I'm thrilled that I finally have the opportunity to visit San Diego for Comic-ConJackson to make 1st Comic-Con appearance Jun 08, 2009
I'm very pleased that we've been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New LinePeter Jackson to return to Middle Earth Dec 18, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch and all those affected by this terrible tragedyFilmmaker pledges help after earthquake Feb 23, 2011
Exploring Tolkien's Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal film-making experience'Hobbit' films to be released in 3-D Oct 19, 2010
There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met MartinFreeman to play Bilbo in 'The Hobbit' Oct 22, 2010
Sir Peter Robert Jackson, KNZM (born 31 October 1961) is a New Zealand film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter, known for his Lord of the Rings film trilogy, adapted from the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is also known for his 2005 remake of King Kong and as the producer of District 9.
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 Best 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.
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 (Bill) 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.