Peter Jackson's ghostly encounter

20:08, Nov 25 2009
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ROYAL ARRIVAL: Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive for the World Premiere and Royal Film Performance of the film The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, London.
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FACING THE MOB: Actor Michael Imperioli and an unidentified woman pose for photographers as they arrive for the Royal Premiere of the film The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, London.
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SHE'S HERE: Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives for the Royal Premiere of the film The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, London.
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LOVE YOUR BONES: Actress Rose McIver poses for photographers as she arrives for the Royal Premiere of the film The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, London.
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STAR POWER: Actress Saoirse Ronan poses for photographers as she arrives for the Royal Premiere of the film The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, London.
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RED CARPET WALK: Actor Reece Ritchie poses for photographers as he arrives for the Royal Premiere of the film The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, London.
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MEET AND GREET: Britain's Prince Charles greets cast members Michael Imperioli, Susan Sarandon and Saoirse Ronan after arriving for the Royal Premiere of The Lovely Bones in Leicester Square, London.
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ROLL OUT: A staff member at the Embassy Theatre vaccums the red carpet ahead of the premiere of The Lovely Bones.
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FLYING THE FLAG: The Wellington City Council's Lovely Bones flags fly in Courtenay Place.
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TRIPLE TROUBLE: Peter Jackson poses for photographers with actresses Saoirse Ronan and Susan Sarandon at the Australian premiere of The Lovely Bones.
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DRESSED FOR SUCCESS: Peter Jackson and Saoirse Ronan attend a press conference to promote The Lovely Bones in Wellington.
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ANIMATED: Peter Jackson and Susan Sarandon attend a press conference to promote The Lovely Bones in Wellington.
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HIGH FIVE: Saoirse Ronan attends a press conference to promote The Lovely Bones in Wellington.
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TRIPLE TROUBLE: Susan Sarandon, Saoirse Ronan and Rose McLver attend a press conference in Wellington to promote The Lovely Bones.
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THREE'S A CROWD: Saoirse Ronan, Rose McLver and Carolyn Dando attend a press conference in Wellington to promote The Lovely Bones.
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PURPLE POWER: Philippa Boyens and Saoirse Ronan attend a press conference in Wellington to promote The Lovely Bones.
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BIG HUG: Philippa Boyens and Saoirse Ronan attend a press conference in Wellington to promote The Lovely Bones.
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SPEAKING OUT: Rose McLver and Carolyn Dando attend a press conference in Wellington to promote The Lovely Bones.
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HOLDING THE FLOOR: Peter Jackson attends the Lovely Bones press conference in Wellington.
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CHESHIRE GRINS: Rose McLver and Carolyn Dando attend the Lovely Bones press conference in Wellington.

Wellington film-maker Peter Jackson says he saw a real ghost once.

In London for the premiere of The Lovely Bones - a film he has directed from Alice Sebold's story in which a murdered teenage girl gives her viewpoint from heaven - Jackson said he did not know what a real soul was like.

But he told Britain's Channel 4 TV that while he could not swear the spirit in the movie was 100 percent accurate, he had seen a real ghost.

UNIVERSAL MAN: Peter Jackson, creator of  The Lovely Bones.
UNIVERSAL MAN: Peter Jackson, creator of The Lovely Bones.

"It was genuine," said Jackson, who made a 1996 ghost movie, The Frighteners - co-written with his wife Fran Walsh - starring Michael J Fox.

His sighting was in an apartment he and his wife had in Wellington's Courtney Place opposite the St James Theatre, when they first met 20 years ago.

"I woke up one morning and there was a figure in the room, she was very scary, she had a screaming face, very accusatory, she was a lady about 50 years old," Jackson said.

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"It was terrifying actually, a very scary image and she was at the end of the bed and she glided across the room and disappeared into the wall.

"I sat in bed and thought, have I really seen that?" said Jackson.

"Then Fran came in. I told her about it and the first thing she said was: 'was it the woman with the screaming face?"' he said.

"Fran had seen the same woman in the same room about two years before."

Jackson said that when the St James Theatre was being restored a few years ago, people talked about the legend of the woman who committed suicide after being booed off the stage after a bad show in vaudeville days.

"They say she manifests herself in the theatre with a screaming face. Sometimes she's seen - the same ghost. She needs to learn to smile a little."

NZPA