Mortal Engines showcases New Zealand’s ability to create and build magical and awe-inspiring worlds. The depth of creative talent alongside world class facilities made New Zealand the perfect location for the production.
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“It’s a testament to the skill, talent and imagination of New Zealand crews that they are able to completely fabricate these other worlds that have never been seen before. Our crews are extraordinary. They are all professional, they are all innovative. You really get a feeling when a New Zealand crew comes together around a film that it is a special journey and they are going to give it their all.”
Mortal Engines was successful in securing the 5% Uplift under the New Zealand Government’s film incentive programme.
100% filmed and produced in New Zealand
10 different stages used
67 sets created
17 separate traction cities built
Over 1000 New Zealanders contracted during principal photography
86 shooting days
72% speaking roles to New Zealanders
“New Zealand is a very, very special place. We couldn’t be in better hands. It’s the right place to make this movie with the right team. The artistry and imagination that has gone into the movie is so impressive and certainly this team has exceeded all expectations.”
About Mortal Engines
Directed by New Zealander Christian Rivers and featuring Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar as Hester Shaw, Mortal Engines is set in a distant future when Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels devouring each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources.
Adapted from the book by Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines also features Irish actor Robert Sheehan as Tom Natsworthy and Hugo Weaving as Thaddeus Valentine. The film is Produced by Zane Weiner, Amanda Walker, Deborah Forte, Fran Walsh, and Peter Jackson.
“The quality of work and craftmanship that went into the sets and the detail was incredible. To be able to come to New Zealand and work with such experienced people was amazing.”