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Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015
With approval today by Wellington City Council for purchase of a downtown waterfront site, the Movie Museum is designated to become part of a new purpose-built joint convention centre and museum development. The council will partner with Wellington movie makers Sir Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Sir Richard Taylor, and Tania Rodger, to create the movie museum, which will celebrate the film heritage of Wellington, identifying the city as the film hub that has produced five of the world’s 12 highest-grossing films of all time.
The Movie Museum Limited (TMML) is the company formed by Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor to realise their movie museum dream for Wellington bringing together material from their many film projects as well their personal world-renowned movie collections. Over the past two decades, Wellington has become synonymous with world-class film-making and a mecca for film fans visiting the hugely popular Weta Cave and Weta Workshop, and taking tours of The Lord of the Rings locations throughout Wellington.
Sir Peter Jackson at work on the set of Brain Dead (1992) with Sir Richard Taylor..jpgFor much of that time, the driving force behind Wellington’s success had been Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor and their partners Fran Walsh and Tania Rodger, as well as the Weta Group of companies they established on the Miramar Peninsula, said TMML project Director George Hickton.
“From small beginnings, Wellington is today a thriving centre of film-making creativity and excellence, creating thousands of jobs for New Zealanders and attracting major film and television productions and some of the best directors, producers, actors, artists and technicians from around the world.”
The Movie Museum will occupy two floors of a three-level building with convention facilities catering for up to 1100 delegates, creating a new tourism attraction for central Wellington that promises to inspire local and international visitors alike. Collections will span the award-winning, Hollywood-scale productions the Weta Group has helped bring to the big screen through to the earlier home-grown movies, and will also encompass one of the most valuable collections of Hollywood memorabilia anywhere in the world.
“There is a vast collection of incredible material from the world-famous movies that have been worked on by the companies in Miramar. What is less well-known is that Peter and Fran, Richard and Tania also have their own personal collections of film and television memorabilia which is one of the best in the world,” Hickton said. The Movie Museum will be a home for thousands of the priceless designs, props, models and set pieces from the numerous film productions, from whole worlds to single weapons, creatures to costumes, make-up to miniatures, vehicles and more – an astonishing archive of Wellington filmmaking has been collected, curated and is ready to be shared.
“It is a museum which could only be realised in Wellington,” said Mr Hickton. The company’s founders all live in Wellington and it is also the place that some 2,000 talented filmmakers and craftspeople call home. “The Movie Museum will celebrate their work, bringing the film industry closer to the people and communities which support it. It will also be a tourist attraction that is the envy of cities around the world and another jewel in the crown of Wellington’s visitor attractions, building on other initiatives that already attract international and local movie fans,” Hickton said.
It is expected that the Movie Museum will offer permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, a retail shop, cafe and permanent offices. The presentation to Council was part of consideration of a new site and co-location with the proposed Wellington Convention Centre. The Movie Museum and Convention Centre are both among the Council’s big ideas for stimulating economic growth over the coming decade.
Mr Hickton said the new site presents exciting opportunities for the Museum which has explored a range of previous sites. As with other similar developments, it is envisioned that the WCC would provide TMML with a long-term lease of purpose-built premises that will be constructed and owned by the Council. TMML would be responsible for the fit-out, operation and maintenance of its facility.
Source:-New Zealand Tourism