Posts Tagged ‘Peter Jackson’

Vatican embassy for Hobbiton?

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Has the former Vatican embassy in Wellington been snapped up by Sir Peter Jackson? The large brick building, which is located off Queens Dr in Lyall Bay, is surrounded by high trees and gates with signs warning people not to enter. On Tuesday a neighbour said rumours were circulating that Jackson was the new owner. Continue Read more

Jackson and Walsh buy Seatoun church

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Sir Peter Jackson has come to the rescue of an historic Seatoun church. Jackson and wife Fran Walsh have bought St Christopher’s Church in Seatoun for $1.06 million in a move that saves the earthquake-prone church and neighbouring hall from potential demolition. Now, the Miramar Peninsula Community Trust has been established to run the buildings Read more

Russian church upset by fans’ tribute to Jackson’s latest film

Friday, December 12th, 2014

A group of Russian designers have scrapped a planned light installation modelled on the all-seeing evil eye in JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novels after the Russian Orthodox Church protested. In Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and also in the subsequent Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Eye of Sauron is a giant flaming eye controlled by the “dark Read more

Escapist trifles: the religion of millenials

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The world is in the grip of an epidemic of infantilism. How else can anyone account for tour parties travelling around the world to gasp in awe at the Weta cave or the newly unveiled model of Smaug the dragon at Wellington Airport? We’re told that The Hobbit pilgrims from overseas burst into tears on Read more