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MarkProgresses the film through fast-paced visuals
FactPast jobs have included: commercial artist, photographer, boom operator, and assistant director

Lee Tamahori is a New Zealand film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the 1994 film Once Were Warriors, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.

Tamahori was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1950. His parents were Maori, and he was raised in a traditional Maori household. He attended primary school in Auckland and then went on to study at the University of Auckland. After graduation, he worked as a television director and producer in New Zealand and Australia.

In 1994, Tamahori directed Once Were Warriors, a film about a Maori family living in poverty in New Zealand. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Tamahori won an Academy Award for Best Director.

In the 2000s, Tamahori directed a number of Hollywood films, including The Edge (1997), Mulholland Falls (1996), and Die Another Day (2002). However, his career was derailed by a series of personal and professional problems, and he has not directed a film since 2007.

Tamahori has been married three times and has four children. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

As of 2021, Lee Tamahori’s net worth is $5 million.

General Info

Full NameLee Tamahori
ProfessionFilm director
EducationMassey High School
NationalityNew Zealand


ParentsPhillip Tamahori, Patricia Tamahori
SiblingsGlenn Tamahori, Renaye Tamahori


AwardsAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Foreign Film
MoviesDie Another Day, XXX: State of the Union, The Devil's Double, Once Were Warriors, The Patriarch, The Edge, Along Came a Spider, Mulholland Falls, Next, Emperor

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#Marks / Signs
1Progresses the film through fast-paced visuals


1Sex should not be in the movies and should be in the home, and violence should be in the movies and not in the home.


1Past jobs have included: commercial artist, photographer, boom operator, and assistant director
2His father is Maori, his mother is British.




The Devil's Double2011
xXx: State of the Union2005
Die Another Day2002
Along Came a Spider2001
The Sopranos2000TV Series 1 episode
The Edge1997
Mulholland Falls1996
Once Were Warriors1994
The Ray Bradbury Theater1990-1992TV Series 3 episodes

Assistant Director

Bridge to Nowhere1986first assistant director
The Silent One1985first assistant director
Came a Hot Friday1985first assistant director
The Quiet Earth1985first assistant director
Utu1984first assistant director
Wild Horses1984first assistant director
Among the Cinders1984first assistant director
Trespasses1984first assistant director
Nate and Hayes1983first assistant director: second unit
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence1983first assistant director

Sound Department

Carry Me Back1982boom operator
Battletruck1982boom operator
Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr1981boom operator
Bad Blood1981boom operator
Goodbye Pork Pie1980boom operator
Middle Age Spread1979boom operator
Sons for the Return Home1979boom operator
Skin Deep1978boom operator
The Governor1977TV Mini-Series boom operator


Me and Will1999Attendant


While She Was Out2008the film makers would like to thank
Inside 'Die Another Day'2003Video documentary short special thanks


Double Down with Dominic Cooper2011Video shortHimself
True Crime Family2011Video shortHimself
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Just Another Day2006TV Special documentary shortHimself
Location Scouting with Peter Lamont: Die Another Day2006Video documentary shortHimself
The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Tem Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Tell Them Who You Are2004DocumentaryHimself
Inside 'Die Another Day'2003Video documentary shortHimself
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Happy Anniversary Mr. Bond2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
MTV Movie Special: Die Another Day2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Shaken and Stirred on Ice2002Video documentary shortHimself
Die Another Day: From Script to Screen2002VideoHimself
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Bond Essentials2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Along Came a Spider'2001Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

1995Critics' Award - Special MentionFantasportoOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1995Audience AwardRotterdam International Film FestivalOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1995Bruce C. Corwin AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1994Audience AwardAmiens International Film FestivalOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1994Special Jury AwardHawaii International Film FestivalOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1994Grand Prix des AmériquesMontréal World Film FestivalOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1994People's Choice AwardMontréal World Film FestivalOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1994Prize of the Ecumenical JuryMontréal World Film FestivalOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1994Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (I)Best DirectorOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1994Anicaflash PrizeVenice Film FestivalOnce Were Warriors (1994)
1990Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (I)Best CommercialFor "Commonwealth Games" (WW1).

Nominated Awards

2016Most Popular Feature FilmMelbourne International Film FestivalMahana (2016)
1995International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmOnce Were Warriors (1994)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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