Contents 1 Upbringing and early career 2 Feature films 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Upbringing and early career[edit] Born Warren Lee Tamahori,[1] in Wellington, New Zealand, he is of Māori ancestry on his father's side and British on his mother's. Tamahori grew up in Tawa, a northern suburb of Wellington, North Island, New Zealand. Educated at Tawa School and Tawa College,[2] he began his career as a commercial artist and photographer. He moved into the film industry in the late 1970s, initially getting in the door by working for nothing, then working as a boom operator for Television New Zealand, and on the feature films: Skin Deep, Goodbye Pork Pie, and Bad Blood. In the early 1980s Pork Pie director Geoff Murphy promoted Tamahori to become an assistant director on Utu, and he subsequently worked as first assistant director on The Silent One, Murphy's The Quiet Earth, Came a Hot Friday and Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence. In 1986 Tamahori co-founded production company Flying Fish, which specialised in making commercials. Tamahori made his name with a series of high-profile television commercials, including one awarded 'Commercial of the Decade'.[1]

Feature films[edit] Tamahori had directed a number of shorter dramas for television before he made his feature film debut in 1994 with Once Were Warriors, a gritty depiction of a violent Māori family. The film had had problems finding funding, but it went on to break box office records in New Zealand. Overseas it sold to many countries and won rave reviews from Time magazine, Village Voice, and The Melbourne Age, with Time and The Age naming it one of the ten best films of the year. Tamahori moved to Hollywood and directed the period thriller Mulholland Falls (1996), although this was not received well critically or commercially. This was followed by the successful wilderness film The Edge (1997), which starred Anthony Hopkins and Die Another Day (2002), the twentieth and most successful James Bond film made up until that point. He also directed an episode of The Sopranos. Tamahori's next film was the sequel to XXX (2002), titled XXX: State of the Union (2005), starring Ice Cube and Willem Dafoe; he replaced the original film's director, Rob Cohen. In 2007 he directed Next, a science fiction action film based on The Golden Man, a short story by Philip K. Dick. The film starred Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Biel. His other films include thriller Along Came a Spider and drama The Devil's Double starring Dominic Cooper, a dramatisation of Latif Yahia's claims that he was forced to become body double to Uday Hussein, son of Saddam.[3][4] In 2015 Tamahori directed Mahana, his first feature made in New Zealand since Once Were Warriors. The rural-set drama was based on the novel Bulibasha by Witi Ihimaera, and starred Warriors actor Temuera Morrison. The movie was released in New Zealand in March 2016, after debuting at the Berlin Film Festival.[5]

Personal life[edit] On 8 January 2006, Tamahori, dressed as a woman, was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly offering an undercover police officer oral sex.[6] He was convicted only of criminal trespass, having pleaded no contest in exchange for other charges being dropped.[7]

Filmography[edit] Thunderbox (1989) The Ray Bradbury Theater (3 episodes, 1990–1992) Once Were Warriors (1994) Mulholland Falls (1996) The Edge (1997) The Sopranos (episode 3 of the second season, Toodle Fucking-Oo, 2000) Along Came a Spider (2001) Die Another Day (2002) XXX: State of the Union (2005) Next (2007) The Devil's Double (2011) Mahana (2016) Emperor (TBA)

References[edit] ^ a b "Meet the real Lee Tamahori – locals speak up for shamed director". Bond News. 12 March 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2010.  ^ Dutta, Kunal (7 August 2011). "Lee Tamahori: The director who has sympathy with the devil". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2012.  ^ "Exclusive Pic From The Devil's Double". Empireonline. Retrieved 25 September 2010.  ^ "The Devil's Double". IMDb. Amazon. 7 April 2010.  ^ "Mahana – the NZ Story That Brought Lee Tamahori Home". Scoop. 27 October 2015.  ^ Munn, Eric (5 February 2006). "Tamahori's double life". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 13 December 2007.  ^ "007 director makes sex case deal". BBC. UK. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2007. 

External links[edit] Lee Tamahori The Hollywood Interview Lee Tamahori NZ On Screen biography Lee Tamahori on IMDb v t e Films directed by Lee Tamahori Once Were Warriors (1994) Mulholland Falls (1996) The Edge (1997) Along Came a Spider (2001) Die Another Day (2002) XXX: State of the Union (2005) Next (2007) The Devil's Double (2011) Mahana (2016) Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 17421402 LCCN: no97059594 ISNI: 0000 0001 0875 4235 GND: 129487759 SUDOC: 074327283 BNF: cb140252346 (data) BNE: XX1169175 Retrieved from "" Categories: 1950 birthsLiving peopleNew Zealand Māori peopleNew Zealand film directorsJames Bond film directorsIndigenous filmmakersPeople educated at Tawa CollegePeople educated at Massey High SchoolHidden categories: Wikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiers

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