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Roger Donaldson Receives Merit in NZ Queen's Birthday Honours

Roger Donaldson Receives Merit in NZ Queen's Birthday Honours

Roger Donaldson has been named as an 'Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit' (ONZM) for  services to film, as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours list, which was celebrated on June 4 in New Zealand.

Touted as 'the man credited with inventing the New Zealand film industry' by The Courier and being 'notable for spearheading the New Zealand film renaissance' (NZ on Screen), Roger received the honour for his lifetime of work in the New Zealand film industry, which includes films Sleeping Dogs (1977), Smash Palace (1981) and The World's Fastest Indian (2005) - which replaced Once We Were Warriors as New Zealand's most successful local release and went on to hold that title for the following five years.  

Roger has also thrived as a Hollywood-based studio director, with titles including The Bank Job (2008) starring Jason Statham, The Recruit (2003) starring Al Pacino and Colin Farrell and Dante’s Peak (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan.
 

Storyland shortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award

Storyland shortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award

5 Stars for Patricia Cornelius' adaptation of 'The House of Bernarda Alba'

5 Stars for Patricia Cornelius' adaptation of 'The House of Bernarda Alba'