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Vincent Ward


February 16, 1956 in Greytown, New Zealand

Short Biography:
Vincent Ward has produced, executive produced and/or written and directed feature films including What Dreams May Come (Which won an Oscar and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards), The River Queen (Won best film in Shanghai) and The Last Samurai (4 Academy Award nominations and winner of Best Foreign Film in Japan) developing the underlying material he chose the director, before acting as an executive producer on this film. Ward's films have earned critical acclaim and festival attention whilst achieving a wide, eclectic audience. Vigil (1984), The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988) and Map of the Human Heart (1993) were the first films by a New Zealander to be officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between them they garnered close to 30 national and international awards (including the Grand Prix at festivals in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the United States). His latest feature film Rain of the Children (2008) was voted by the audience, from 250 feature films, to win the Grand Prix at Poland's largest film festival. The film was also nominated for best director in New Zealand and Australia. Ward was awarded an Order of New Zealand Merit in 2007 and is in the process of actively searching for material for new projects.

Rain of the Children (2008)

# 06268 IMDb

Rain of the Children (2008)

TaglineSome secrets are kept forever...

By Vincent Ward

Documentary, Drama (1h 38min)

New Zealand New Zealand

Rated 7.0 after 176 votes on 07-Aug-18.

1 win & 5 nominations

In this film, Ward explores the life story of Puhi, an elderly Māori woman of the Tuhoe iwi (tribe), and her relationship with her mentally ill adult son, Niki. This story has been masterfully told by Ward, who lived with Puhi and Niki over an 18 month period during the 1970s.

River Queen (2005)

# 01965 IMDb

River Queen (2005)

By Vincent Ward

Action, Adventure, Drama (1h 54min)

New Zealand New Zealand, UK UK

Rated 6.0 after 2,342 votes on 06-Oct-18.

3 wins & 6 nominations

An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah (Samantha Morton) and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonisation of New Zealand.

The Last Samurai (2003)

# 00097 IMDb R 

The Last Samurai (2003)

TaglineIn the face of an enemy, in the Heart of One Man, Lies the Soul of a Warrior.

By Edward Zwick

Action, Drama, History, War (2h 34min)

USA USA, New Zealand New Zealand, Japan Japan

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 358,301 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 62 nominations

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary (...)

What Dreams May Come (1998)

# 02212 IMDb

What Dreams May Come (1998)

TaglineAfter life there is more. The end is just the beginning.

By Vincent Ward

Drama, Fantasy, Romance (1h 53min)


Fine! Rated 7.0 after 92,323 votes on 07-Aug-18.

Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations

Soul mates Chris and Annie couldn't be happier, having married each other and had two wonderful children. Unforutnately, tragedy strikes when they lose them both in a car accident, and then again for Annie many years later when Chris is killed in another accident. What Chris finds is a Paradise unlike anything he ever imagined, where he is guided by Albert, the first doctor he interned under and (...)

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

# 01643 IMDb

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

By Mike Figgis

Drama, Romance (1h 51min)

France France, USA USA, UK UK

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 103,624 votes on 06-Oct-18.

Won Oscar. Another 25 wins & 17 nominations

Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.

Map of the Human Heart (1992)

# 13961 IMDb R 

Map of the Human Heart (1992)

TaglineBorn in the magic of youth. Forged by the passions of war. Their love knew no boundaries.

By Vincent Ward

Adventure, Drama, Romance, War (1h 49min)

Australia Australia, UK UK, Canada Canada, France France

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 2,853 votes on 05-Oct-18.

3 wins & 8 nominations

Fantastic improbabilities, happenstance and the undying bridge of love are part of this romantic fantasy about an Inuit who crosses years...

Alien³ (1992)

# 00693 IMDb

Alien³ (1992)

TaglineIn 1979, we discovered in space no one can hear you scream. In 1992, we will discover, on Earth, EVERYONE can hear you scream.

By David Fincher

Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama (1h 54min)


Rated 6.4 after 246,004 votes on 12-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations

The film begins on board an escape vessel in which Ripley, Newt, Hicks, and a droid called Bishop are traveling on. The pod crashes on a planet inhabited by prisoners who have been left to govern themselves in a facility, killing Newt, Hicks, and destroying Bishop. Ripley is revived from her cryo-sleep from the prison doctor and soon discovers what happened to her and her remaining crew members. (...)

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

# 14760 IMDb PG 

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

TaglineTime-Travel Adventure of the Year!

By Vincent Ward

Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller (1h 32min)

Australia Australia, New Zealand New Zealand

Rated 6.9 after 2,847 votes on 21-Aug-18.

21 wins & 4 nominations

A young boy in 14th century Cumbria (north of England) keeps getting visions he cannot explain. His village has so far been spared from the black death, but the villagers fear its imminent arrival. With the boy as their guide, a group set out to dig a hole to the other side of the world, so as to fulfil the visions and save the village. At the 'other side' is 20th century New Zealand !.. N.B. (...)

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