19 Jun 2009

Peter Jackson to head review of Film Commission

6:27 am on 19 June 2009

Film director Peter Jackson has been appointed to lead a review of the New Zealand Film Commission.

It's an organisation he has been highly critical of in the past.

The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Christopher Finlayson, says the film industry has changed dramatically since the commission was set up more than 30 years ago.

He says he has no expectations of what the review might recommend. The announcement fulfils a National Party election promise.

Film Commission chair David Cullwick says while Peter Jackson has been critical of the agency, he is an outstanding figure in the film industry who will give the commission some valuable insights.

Mr Jackson will be assisted in the review by the head of screen business at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, David Court.