World famous – in New Zealand and sometimes out. Grant Smithies casts a critical eye over NZ pop culture’s most significant figures. People say the best way to understand any country is to become familiar with its great painters, poets, novelists and composers. Not true. To find out how any nation really ticks, go directly to its popular culture…Whenever the conversation turns to local movies, one film-maker bestrides the local landscape like King Kong, namely Peter Jackson. [More]