Peter Jackson knighted in New Year honours

SIR PETER JACKSON: The Oscar-winning film-maker "didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong''.
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SIR PETER JACKSON: The Oscar-winning film-maker "didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong''.

Sir Peter Jackson has called receiving his knighthood an "incredible moment".

The honour, announced today, comes on the back of yet another box office success for Sir Peter, after his film The Lovely Bones was released on Boxing Day.

The film-maker is among five New Zealanders to become knights or dames in the New Year honours list.

Sir Peter, whose career started with the 1987 horror Bad Taste, was made a companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002.

That followed the final in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, which won 11 Academy Awards in 2004 - tying it with Titanic and Ben Hur for the most won by a single film.

In a written statement, Sir Peter called receiving the honour an "incredible moment". "I didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong."

The honour reflected New Zealand's "film pioneers" who blazed the trail for the industry, he said.

He added that it was a tribute to his parents, Bill and Joan, "who gave me the most valuable gift of all - unqualified encouragement and unconditional support, [and] would have been beside themselves with pride at this moment".

It is understood Sir Peter is now working to adapt the Mortal Engines fantasy novels for the screen, as well as producing The Adventures of Tintin and The Hobbit. His World War II film Dambusters is due for release next year.

The Dominion Post