Peter Jackson: A Film-maker's Journey is the first official biography of Peter Jackson's life, and involvement as director of films such as the award-winning The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001 - 2003), written by Brian Sibley and published by HarperCollins in 2006.

A brilliant collation of facts, figures, anecdotes and production detail, this will be manna from heaven for Jackson fans, who will devour every last page of this illuminating study with unconfined joy.
Film Review magazine

Brian Sibley had also written The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy five years earlier, as well as numerous collaborations with artist John Howe on Tolkien's maps of Arda.

A later biography of Peter Jackson's directorship was written as of the completion of The Hobbit trilogy, by Ian Nathan, entitled Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth (2017).


"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, tells the inside story of how a New Zealander became Hollywood's hottest property—from the early cult classics, through Academy Award-winning success with Kate Winslet's Heavenly Creatures, the abandoned King Kong remake, and the filming of The Lord of the Rings—a project which was abandoned two years into pre-production, rejected by most of the other studios, and then picked up by New Line Cinema in the biggest gamble in film history. Drawing upon interviews with 50 of Peter Jackson's colleagues and contemporaries, author Brian Sibley paints a portrait of a true auteur, a man gifted with single-minded determination and an artist's vision. Jackson himself is both revealing and insightful about his entire filmmaking life, from his first childhood steps filming in Super 8 to the grand realisation of his life's dream: King Kong. Together, these joint narratives provide a truly unique and compelling insight into one of the finest cinematic minds at work today."
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About the Author

Brian Sibley is the author of the BBC radio dramatization of The Lord of the Rings as well as of several of Tolkien’s short novels collected under the title Tales from the Perilous Realm. His books include Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, Cracking Animation, The Disney Studio Story, The Land of Narnia, Shadowlands, and Three Cheers for Pooh, as well as the text accompanying three maps by John Howe based on Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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