Lee Tamahori"Sex should not be in the movies and should be in the home, and violence should be in the movies and not in the home."
Biography • Lee Tamahori was born 17th June, 1950 in Wellington • Born to a Maori father and a European mother in New Zealand • Went to Massey High School • Best known for directing the 1994 film Once Were Warriors and the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day. • On 8 January 2006, Tamahori, dressed as a woman, was arrested for allegedly offering an undercover police officer oral sex.
How did he get involved in film making? • Tamahori started his career as a commercial artist and photographer. • He joined the New Zealand film industry in the late 1970s as a boom operator. He became an assistant director a decade later. Making international award-winning commercials for 10 years. He also directed several TV series. • His first feature film, Once Were Warriors (1994), won the PEN First Book Award.
Filmography • FilmographyThunderbox(1989) Short Film Starring Wi Kuki Kaa, Brenda Kendall and Ian Mune • The Ray Bradbury Theater (3 episodes) 1985-1992 • Tv Series • Starring Frank Whitten (grandpa on Outrageous Fortune), Desmond Kelly and Wayne Robson
Once Were Warriors (1994) Starring Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison and Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell • Mulholland Falls (1996) • Starring Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith and Jennifer Connelly
The Edge (1997) Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin and Elle Macpherson • Directed 1 Episode of The Sopranos • Along Came a Spider (2001) • Morgan Freeman, Michael Wincott and Monica Potter
Die Another Day (2002) Starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike • xXx: State of the Union (2005) • Starring Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson and Willem Dafoe
Next (2007) Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel • The Devil's Double (2011) • Dominic Cooper, LudivineSagnier and RaadRawi
His preferred film style, film themes • Dark underbelly theme • Dripping with violence • Themes that show dysfunctional families • Thrillers and action movies • Domestic Issue
Current film project • Tamahori will reunite with Corsanafter working together on The Devil’s Double. • Tamahoriadded: “I loved working in Europe with Corsan on Devil’s Double. We have a fine opportunity to reunite with the old gang and take on yet another challenge. History is as it is told, and I cherish the idea to give my look on this story.” • Working on two independent films at the moment.
The significance of their film work or film contribution to New Zealand society • Its opened the eyes of New Zealanders and how they view our society, reveals the dark underbelly and raises issues that are becoming more and more common such as domestic violence and how it was hidden, but has now become common knowledge.