Canadian filmmaker James Cameron, renowned for directing some of the highest-grossing movies globally, announced his plans to become a New Zealand ci
Canadian filmmaker James Cameron, renowned for directing some of the highest-grossing movies globally, announced his plans to become a New Zealand citizen next year. Speaking at the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) annual conference in Wellington, Cameron revealed his commitment to making all his future movies in New Zealand and expressed a desire to contribute to the local film industry. Cameron emphasized the importance of the 25% tax rebate as a crucial incentive for filmmakers and called for consistency in this regard.
Cameron praised New Zealand’s cultural prestige and its positive impact on the economy. He highlighted the competitive nature of the film industry, citing the need for consistent policies, especially in comparison to countries like Australia, which offers a 40% tax rebate.
SPADA president Irene Gardiner advocated for increased contributions from international streaming platforms to support the local film industry. She emphasized that these platforms benefit from New Zealand’s infrastructure without contributing substantially.
As a potential solution, SPADA suggested a levy on streaming platforms’ New Zealand revenue to fund local productions. Cameron, who considers Wellington his home, shared his love for the city, its culture, and humor, expressing pride in being a “Wellingtonian.”