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Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey

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Once, Peter Jackson was a name unknown to all but a small band of loyal fans and fellow filmmakers. Now, he is the newest member of Hollywood's elite fellowship, with his name on the most successful movie trilogy of all time. Written with Jackson's full participation, this extensive biography, illustrated with never-before-seen photos from Jackson's personal collection, te ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by HarperCollins UK (first published January 1st 2006)
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Charlotte Jones
Biography, and autobiography for that matter, is a genre that I have not often ventured into but in this case, I am so glad I picked this up. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy have long been some of my favourite films and Peter Jackson has always been a fascinating director. This book explores Peter's life, concentrating mostly on his film-making path and how he came to be where he is today, and includes many direct quotes from various interviews conducted by Sibley himself.

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Peter Millett
Inspiring book for all budding writers. The first half is all about overcoming gigantic odds, lack of artistic support, lack of funding - and ridiculous interference from inefficient governing bodies. How he ever got his career off the ground I will never know. Pete's Mission Impossible assignment was achieved - but only just. My favourite celeb bio of all time. Great for movie fans too.
A great read, quick and easy to read even for someone who has never seen the majority of Jackson's work. However, it quickly becomes tiring how much reference is made to Lord of the Rings in the chapters dealing with Jackson's earlier films – he would later film scene X there, he would later work with person X (or person X's relation) on Rings...
This started off pretty dismal and gushing (what is with all the exclamation marks? I nearly choked on them!) but gradually became much more exciting and balanced.

It does what it implies on the cover - offers some new insights and information that won't have been glimpsed in the extensive 'making of' documentaries. This was certainly a refreshing relief for an uber-fan like me who has watched pretty much all of them and thought I knew all there was to know about PJ and LOTR.
A fascinating insight into one of my favourite directors. Whether making low-budget splatter films or the amazing Lord of the Rings trilogy, he endows each film with many layers. This book helps to give us a deeper look at what makes him tick as a film-maker.
Good to read about this great film-maker's life.
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Brian Sibley is an English author who has written over 100 hours of radio drama and has written and presented hundreds of radio documentaries, features and weekly programmes.

In 1981, he co-wrote BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings with Michael Bakewell, and has also adapted C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast for Radio 4, for which he rec
More about Brian Sibley...
Harry Potter: Film Wizardry The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Official Movie Guide

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