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Sam Neill Leaves Role in TV Series The Son
WSN Staff
June 10, 2016

WSN has the unfortunate duty to inform you, his fans, that Sam has left his role in The Son for "personal reasons". We had been looking forward to seeing him on US television again.

Sam Neill To Star In AMC’s Texas Drama ‘The Son’; Four More Round Out Cast
By Nellie Andreeva
March 11, 2016

Photo courtesy of AMC Networks

Sam Neill is set as the lead in AMC’s upcoming drama series The Son, from Sonar Entertainment and AMC Studios. Rounding out the cast in the 10-episode series are Henry Garrett (Poldark), Zahn McClarnon (Fargo), Paola Nunez (Reina de corazones), and Sydney Lucas (Fun Home).

Based on the book by Philipp Meyer and written by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Production will begin in Austin, TX in June for premiere in 2017. Kevin Murphy serves as executive prodcuer/showrunner.

Neill will play Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family. As a child, he was kidnapped and raised among the Comanche Native American tribe and applies the brutal Comanche worldview to his business dealings. He was born on the day Texas became an independent Republic, earning the nickname “First Son of Texas” and is a relic of the Wild West, uneasy with the inexorable taming of Texas and the uncertain future of his legacy.

Sam Neill Cast As Lang Hancock
David Knox
August 18, 2014

Sam Neill will play Lang Hancock in Nine’s upcoming Gina Rinehart drama.

Originally titled Gina as a 4 hour miniseries, it will now be a 2 hour telemovie titled Gina v Rose: The House of Hancock.

The telemovie now centres around the feuding Gina Rinehart and Rose Porteous, all but abandoning Lang Hancock’s discovery of the world’s largest iron ore deposit in 1952 and Gina’s recent battles with her own children.

Set primarily in the period 1980-2002, Gina v Rose: The House of Hancock tells the epic true story of the Hancock dynasty and the love triangle that emerged between the father Lang (Neill), his daughter Gina (McElhinney) and his beautiful Filipina housekeeper Rose (Sergeant).

Lang and Gina are inseparable, the perfect team, and Gina is confident she will soon inherit the family business. But their relationship is rocked by a series of tumultuous events.

First, Lang is furious when Gina marries a man old enough to be her father. Then Lang’s beloved wife Hope dies. In an attempt to help her ailing father, Gina employs a new housekeeper to get him back on track, Rose Lacson from the Philippines, not realising this will be a decision that will tear their family apart.

What follows is an increasingly bitter public feud lasting two decades: filled with forbidden love, murder accusations, drug charges, illegitimate children, court cases and epic betrayal, all played out in the media, and all for Gina to retain control over the staggering Hancock family fortune.

Sam Neill, Miranda Otto Join Australian Drama ‘The Daughter’
Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief
September 11, 2014

HONG KONG – Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park,” “The Piano”) and Miranda Otto (“The Homesman”) join Geoffrey Rush in “The Daughter,” which starts shooting today in Sydney, Australia.

Directed by noted theatre director Simon Stone, the film is a “contemporary portrait of family love, dysfunction, deception and denial, inspired by Stone’s award-winning re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘The Wild Duck’.” The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left years before.

It is produced by Fate Films, with producers Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue. Financing comes from Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

Roadshow Films, which also backed the project from its development stages, will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. Mongrel Film handles international sales.

Other cast includes Paul Schneider (“Lars and the Real Girl”), Anna Torv (“Deadline Gallipoli”), and rising star Odessa Young.

“Simon has achieved renown for his stage direction and we are thrilled to be supporting his entree into feature film directing, supported as he is by the strongest possible production team and phenomenal ensemble cast,” said Roadshow Films MD Joel Pearlman.

Neill Joins Kightley In Detective Drama
By Russell Blackstock
Jun 17, 2012

Kiwi Acting veteran Sam Neill will take a break from Hollywood to star in his first homegrown TV drama series.

Fresh from box office success in hit movie The Vow, the 64-year-old will play detective Jim "Stocks" Stockton in Harry, a six-part police show set in Auckland.

Neill will star alongside Samoan-born funnyman Oscar Kightley, who plays a solo dad cop struggling with his personal demons as he investigates a murder case.

Filming begins in Auckland today and Neill says he can't wait to make his Kiwi drama debut alongside his old mate Kightley, who co-wrote the script.

"I'm very much looking forward to coming home to work on what I think should be a ground-breaking series from New Zealand - with my friend Oscar Kightley," Neill says.

Kightley - who shot to fame in Sione's Wedding - is equally amped at the prospect.

"Having Sam Neill in it lifts that excitement to another stratosphere. He is the man.

"It is awesome that he is going to be on our TV screens again, and a massive honour for us that he's chosen this project to do that." Kightley says: "Now we have to do justice to his involvement and make sure it is good."

Producer Steven O'Meagher says the draft scripts for Harry attracted the interest of Neill and negotiations took place over a month while the actor worked on productions in the United Kingdom and the United States.

"Sam Neill is one of our greatest actors and his agreeing to play Stockton is a huge endorsement on the quality of the series," O'Meagher says.

"Sam and Oscar have a personal friendship which will translate into great on-screen chemistry.

"Stocks is a mentor, a boss and a mate to Harry, and is one of the two most important people in Harry's life. Their scenes together will crackle. Viewers are in for a treat."

TV3 head of comedy and drama Rachel Jean says Harry was shaping up to be an outstanding series, raw, emotional and compelling.

Harry is being produced by Desert Road for TV3.

Film : Neill, Dafoe for Hunter
By Alicia Malone
July 25, 2010

Daybreakers co-stars Sam Neill and Willem Dafoe will reunite for The Hunter, filming in Australia later this year.

The pic, co-financed by Screen Australia and Screen New South Wales, is based on the book of the same name by Julia Leigh.

In the thriller, set in 1927, Dafoe will play Martin, a mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness by an anonymous biotech company in search of the last Tasmanian Tiger.

At base camp, Martin meets the wife and children of a man who has disappeared into the wilderness. The man finds himself drawn to the woman, ultimately imagining himself a future with her.

Alice Addison (The Silence, RAN) and Wain Fimeri (Love Letters From a War, Pozieres) wrote the script.

Daniel Nettheim, whose long list of TV directing credits include Rush, Headland and Spirited, will direct, and Vincent Sheehan will produce. Andrew Lesnie (Lord of the Rings, King Kong) is the cinematographer.

The $6.8 million dollar film, set up at Porchlight, was partially funded by the AFC. Madman Entertainment will distribute.

Sam Promotes NZ's Own Bank

WSN Staff
March 1, 2010

Bursting with Kiwi pride, our Sam is seen in New Zealand television ads touting Kiwibank, "a fledgling Kiwi owned bank [that took] on the combined power of the Aussie owned banks, who had a stranglehold on our country… and change the face of banking forever." It's all because of "Kiwi Thinking"!

Watch the ad HERE! (4,928 kb)

Sam Boogies Down In Red Meat Ads!

WSN Staff
July 16, 2009

Australian television viwers are being treated to Sam Neill in two new ads from Meat and Livestock Australia as part of MLA's marketing campaign "RED MEAT Amazing Food". In the new ads, Sam teaches his new on-screen partner, Dennis, all about the benefits of red meat for body and mind.

Sam is obviously having a blast with the ads. WSN staff notice his eyes are twinkling with mischievious delight and he ends each new advert dancing with gleeful abandon!

Watch both ads here:
"Nutrition"   (2,875kb)
"Wake Up"   (2,881kb) (Please give them time to load.)

View the first two ads and the third ad on WSN!

For more information on MLA go to:

Glamour and Gossip
November 8, 2007

CELEBRATED local actor Sam Neill holds his long-awaited 60th birthday bash at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday in conjunction with Aussie thespian buddy Bryan Brown. Among locals winging over are Robyn and Dick Fraser, Cath and Matt Hanna, Nicky Martin and Jeff Williams, and Nicky and Roger Tompkins. I’m not so certain his old nemesis Warren Cooper received an invitation.

Showtime's $38M Gamble on 'The Tudors'
29 March, 2007
By Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer

Set against such youthful exuberance is the 59-year-old Neill, who spends much of "The Tudors" telling the king how to play his cards — but ends up losing everything because he can‘t persuade the pope to annul Henry‘s marriage to Catherine.

Showtime didn‘t provide advance copies of the final four episodes, but everyone on-set concedes it ends with Wolsey‘s humiliating removal as chief government minister in 1529 — and England on the precipice of Reformation. Henry‘s marriage to Boleyn is still four years off, at least according to the history books.

No such luck for Neill. "Everybody else is coming back presumably to do the second series, touch wood," Neill said in his trademark delivery, equal parts dry and wry. "But I won‘t be back because I‘m dead."

Sam Neill
Saturday, 20 January 2007

Sam and Warren both try and pinpoint the exact location of
Dunliven on the map (they're both wrong...)

Presenter: Warren Brown

Australia's favourite New Zealander Sam Neill popped in to check the progress of Warren's newly-planted vines.

Sam's own experience as a vigneron of note didn't quite prepare him for the unusual bouquet of Dunliven's own Run Of The Mill chardonnay, lovingly crafted from privet.

More on Sam's own - decidedly superior - oenological efforts can be found here. [Two Paddocks site]

A most generous and entertaining guest, and a great interview...enjoy!

WSN Staff: Click the pic to hear Sam as interviewed by Warren!

Photos Of Sam Neill In Angel
February 17, 2007

Thanks for finding these, Shy Fan!

View the Trailer and Photo Gallery at the

Official Angel Website.

View the French Official Angel Website.

Sam Neill In Hong Kong To Promote His TP Wine
AP via Yahoo! News
Jan 30, 2007

New Zealand's film star Sam Neill smiles during a news conference in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007. Neill, one of New Zealand's most famous exports, has exported a bit of New Zealand to Hong Kong by launching a wine line under his Two Paddocks brand in Hong Kong. Neill signed bottles of wine for customers and posed for pictures at a downtown organic food store that will carry four Two Paddocks wines exclusively — a Sauvignon Blanc, a Riesling and a Merlot, all from 2003, and a 2004 Pinot Noir. (AP Photo/Lo Sai Hung)

The Tudors Official Site
WSN Staff
January 24, 2007

The Tudors, Showtime's ambitious 10-part series which stars Sam Neill as Cardinal Wolsey, will air the first episode on April 1, 2007.

While the series' emphasis will be on Henry VIII, played by Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Sam's role as the pivotal Cardinal Wolsey may provide his fans with AES (Almost Enough Sam).

View the trailer and more at The Tudors Official Site.

Sam Neill Presents At 2006 AFI Awards
WSN Staff
December 8, 2006

September 18, 2006

Guests on Pat Kenny's popular Late Late Show included R&B singer Lemar and New Zealand actor Sam Neill. Sam, who is originally from Tyrone, turned up on The Afternoon Show earlier in the day with a few bottles of his own wine called Two Paddocks and impressed presenters Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh & Sheana Keane with his homegrown tipple...

Mini-series Shot In CT Win An Emmy
24 Aug 2006

"The Triangle" mini-series shot in CT last year for the SciFi channel in the States has won the 58th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visuals Effects for a miniseries, movie or special.

The Triangle premiered last December on SciFi channel in the US to rave reviews (4.3 million people tuned in to watch the series which is the best ratings for the channel since 2003).

Among the local SA cast who appear in the mini-series are Marius Weyers, Adrienne Pierce, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Sean Cameron Michael. International cast includes Eric Stoltz, Sam Neill, Bruce Davison and Lou Diamond Phillips.

The budget:$22 million; Directed by Craig R Baxley and produced by Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, X-Men 1&2) and Dean Devlin (Independence Day).

17 JULY 2006

An animated Sam Neill and Cate Blanchett attend the London screening of their new thriller Little Fish before heading off for a post-screening party at Australia House

The flick might be called Little Fish but it stars some of the biggest swimmers from the Hollywood talent pool, two of whom - Cate Blanchett and Northern Ireland-born thespSam Neill - attended the London premiere of the new thriller.

Mum-of-two Cate, plays troubled Tracey Heart in the movie which is set in the Little Saigon district outside Sydney. As she tries to escape her past she becomes entangled with an underworld crime-boss played by Jurassic Park actor Sam. Despite their on-screen wrangles Cate and Sam seem to get on famously, perhaps owing to their shared southern-hemisphere connections. The 37-year-old beauty is a native of Melbourne while Sam was brought up in New Zealand from the age of seven.

Their co-star, New Zealander Martin Henderson, who appears as Cate's brother Ray, completed the film's antipodean line-up. The three appropriately celebrated the flick's premiere party at Australia House after the Curzon Soho cinema screening. Natural Born Killers star Juliette Lewis also dropped by to show her support at the low-key gathering. She is currently treading the boards in her first West End play, Sam Shephard's Fool For Love. Little Fish hits UK cinemas on July 21.

Murphy and Press Have Telepathy
Source: Production Weekly
May 22, 2006

Cillian Murphy (Red Eye, Batman Begins) and Natalie Press will star in the sci-fi feature Telepathy, to be directed by Lesley Manning from a script by Stephen Volk.

According to Production Weekly, the film tells the story of Josef and Viktor Zalenski, estranged identical twin brothers who are chosen by the Russian government as the subjects of a top-secret experiment to test the powers of telepathy as a viable form of communication between earth and outer spcae.

Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill are also starring in the film, which begins shooting in October.

Another Meaty Role For Sam
11 March, 2006
Watch The Ads!
Sam's Meat Ad 1
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Sam's Meat Ad 2 (2,032kb) 3/29/06

Sam Neill to play the leading role in an ad
campaign to promote red meat.

ACTOR Sam Neill is the face of a new advertising campaign for Meat and Livestock Australia.

A 60-second television commercial, in which the star of Jurassic Park and The Piano shows viewers red meat's role in human development, will screen for the first time tomorrow.

Meat and Livestock Australia's general manager of marketing, David Thomason, said the aim was to encourage people to eat red meat as part of a nutritious diet.

"The theme of the campaign looks at how evolution took a giant leap forward two million years ago when man started to eat red meat. If he hadn't, where would we be now?" Mr Thomason said.

[Ads courtesy Meat and Livestock Australia]

Set to air September 2, 2006
Hallmark Channel

Updated April 9, 2006*
WSN Staff

RHI Entertainment (formerly Hallmark Entertainment) has released its official site for the much-anticipated Merlin's Apprentice: The Search for the Holy Grail. Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson reprise their roles in this sequel to Merlin, the acclaimed 1998 miniseries.

The new adventures of Merlin take place 50 years after the end of King Arthur's Camelot and involve a search for the Holy Grail.

The RHI site has a movie synopsis as well as a multitude of pictures. It appears there will be Plenty of Sam to satisfy the true Sam devotees out there!

The Hallmark Channel will air the miniseries on September 2, 2006.*

Click the link below to enter the world of Merlin:


Inside Film
Little Fish equals AFI nominations record

24/10/2005 4:39:06 PM – Press

Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving

Little Fish, directed by AFI award winner Rowan Woods and starring Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Noni Hazlehurst, Martin Henderson and Sam Neill has dominated this year’s awards season by receiving 13 AFI nominations (which equals the highest number of nominations ever received by a single film), 11 nominations from the Film Critics Circle of Australia and 8 Lexus IF Award nominations.

In only its seventh week of release, Little Fish has grossed $2,780,790 so far at the box office, already making it the highest grossing Australian film since Strange Bedfellows in 2004. Following the very successful run in Australia, Little Fish will open in New Zealand cinemas on December 1st.

Producer of Little Fish, Vincent Sheehan said: 'We are very honoured by the number of nominations Little Fish has received. The fact that the box office has been so strong and is still holding shows that the story is connecting with Australian audiences and as filmmakers that is what you most hope for.'

The 47th Australian Film Institute Awards will take place on November 25 and 26, 2005. Little Fish received the following nominations:

Best Film – Producers Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts & Richard Keddie
Best Lead Actor - Hugo Weaving
Best Lead Actress - Cate Blanchett
Best Direction - Rowan Woods
Best Original Screenplay Jacquelin Perske
Best Supporting Actress Noni Hazlehurst
Best Supporting Actor - Martin Henderson
For Best Editing - Alexandre De Franceschi Ase, John Scott Ase
Best Original Music Score - Nathan Larson
Best Production Design - Luigi Pittorino
Best Costume Design - Melinda Doring
Best Sound - Sam Petty, Peter Grace
Best Cinematography - Danny Ruhlmann Acs

The 15th annual Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards will be held in Melbourne this year for the first time on Saturday November 12, 2005. Little Fish nominations include:

Best Film – Producers Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts & Richard Keddie
Best Director – Rowan Woods,
Best Actress In A Lead Role - Cate Blanchett,
Best Actress In A Supporting Role - Noni Hazlehurst,
Best Actor In A Supporting Role - Martin Henderson, Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving,
Best Original Screenplay - Jacquelin Perske
Best Cinematography - Danny Ruhlmann,
Best Composer - Nathan Larson
Best Editor - Alexander De Franceschi & John Scott

The Lexus IF Awards will be held at Sydney’s Luna Park on November 23. Little Fish was nominated for the following Awards:

Best Feature Film – Producers Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts & Richard Keddie
Best Actress - Cate Blanchett
Best Actor – Hugo Weaving,
Best Direction - Rowan Woods
Best Script - Jacquelin Perske
Best Editing – Alexandre de Franceschi and John Scott
Best Sound – Sam Petty
Best Music – Nathan Larson

Sam Tweets Re:Hunt For The Wilderpeople
WSN Staff
April 7, 2016

Sam's latest is getting rave reviews from New Zealand since its release, setting the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for a NZ film! And Sam's
Twitter page is filled with satisfied movie-goers!

With so many glowing comments, we at WSN have to wonder: will we get to see this gem in the USA? This Sam fan went to the highest source to ask just that question and as you can see below, it's just a couple months away!

Sam also tweeted Hunt For The Wilderpeople will show in Australia in May.

Hunt For The Wilderpeople - Watch for it in a theater near you!

UPDATE: Hunt For The Wilderpeople opens in USA on June 24, 2016.

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Cannes: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison Join Taika Waititi’s ‘Wilderpeople’
Leo Barraclough
May 14, 2015

Sam Neill and young “Paper Planes” star Julian Dennison have joined the cast of “Hunt For the Wilderpeople,” which is directed by hot New Zealand director Taika Waititi, who scored an international hit with “What We Do in the Shadows.”

The comic adventure movie starts shooting next week in New Zealand. Madman Entertainment has acquired all rights to the film for Australia and New Zealand, and will release in NZ in partnership with the producers. Protagonist Pictures has taken on international sales rights.

Dennison plays a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Waititi has also written the screenplay for “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” which is based on the book “Wild Pork and Watercress’ by NZ author Barry Crump. He is also producing alongside Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and Matt Noonan. The film is a Defender Films and Piki Films and Curious production.

It is being produced with investment from the New Zealand Film Commission, Curious, James Wallace Productions Ltd and with the assistance of the New Zealand government’s Screen Production Grant with financing by Kiwibank.

Sam Neill Has Joined CBS' The Dovekeepers.
By Philiana Ng

The four-hour miniseries from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett is based on Alice Hoffman’s acclaimed historical novel about extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.

Neill has been cast as Josephus, the somewhat controversial first-century Jewish scholar and historian. In Dovekeepers, he is seen interviewing the few adult survivors of the Siege of Masada in order to record the events that took place prior to and during the siege. These interviews are the firsthand accounts included among the annals of history of the Jewish-Roman War.

He joins an ensemble that includes Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan, Kathryn Prescott and Diego Boneta. Filming began in Malta in September.

“We are delighted to have the incredibly talented Sam Neill, an actor whose breadth of experience will bring such depth and vision to the role of Josephus,” said Downey. “Sam is a wonderfully exciting choice to bring Josephus to life in this gripping story of Masada.”

Frank Siracusa, John Weber and Yves Simoneau executive produce alongside Downey and Burnett, with Simoneau directing. Ann Peacock is adapting the book. CBS TV Studios and LightWorkers Media, a division of United Artists Media Group, are behind the series.

Neill is repped by ICM Partners and the U.K.'s Curtis Brown Group. His TV credits include Merlin, Peaky Blinders, Alcatraz, The Tudors and Reilly: The Ace of Spies. Film credits include Jurassic Park, The Piano, The Horse Whisperer, Bicentennial Man, The Vow, Dirty Deeds and the upcoming The Daughter.

The Dovekeepers, the first project from CBS and CBS TV Studios' limited series and event programming unit, premieres on CBS in 2015.

Sam Neill Shooting Austrian SciFi in Romania
July 18, 2014

BUCHAREST: Australian star Sam Neill is in Romania for the filming of Andrew Goth's quantum theory thriller Deus Ex Machina shooting at MediaPro Studios.

Meila Kreiling, Tom Payne, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, and Dominique Tipper are starring along with Neill.

In the script co-written by the director and Joanne Rea, a group of young bio-engineers discovered that the quantum theory can be used to transfer motor skills from one brain to another, but when the mysterious past of one of the group members is revealed, dark forces menace to transform this technology into an instrument of mass control.

The film is produced by Austria's Terra Mater Factual Studios with the support of the Austrian Film Institute. John Pardue is the DoP. The budget is 15 m EUR. Shooting started in Bucharest on 9 June 2014 and it will wrap on 25 July, with five additional shooting days in Vienna.

The premiere set for early 2015.

Shooting took place at MediaPro Studios as well as on location in Bucharest, including the basement of the Parliament's Palace.

Sam Neill In The Big Valley
July 30, 2010

Sam Neill has signed up for The Big Valley, he will play the part of Charles Crocker. Stephen Moyer will play Jarrod Barkley in this big-screen version of the 1960s TV series about a wealthy ranching family and its conflicts. Stephen worked before with Sam Neill in the mini-series ICE, which will be released this year. That makes Neill the second actor on the Valley set that he has worked with before; Travis Fimmel and Stephen can be seen together in the thriller Restraint.

The Big Valley has started production in the Baton Rouge area and at the Celtic studios in Louisiana.

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Under The Mountain Trailer
WSN Staff
July 15, 2009

Sam Neill stars in the remake of the popular 1980's television series Under The Mountain. Mr. Jones (Sam Neill) is the mysterious survivor of an ancient world who helps twins Rachel and Theo Matheson fight the evil aliens called the Wilberforces, slimy creatures capable of shape-shifting living beneath Aukland's volcano ring.

View the trailer, a film clip, and the poster here.

Visit Yahoo for trailer and pics from the film here.

Under The Mountain will be in theaters December 10, 2009.


WSN Staff
June 26, 2009

Sam Neill stars as Charles Bromley, the vampire leader in Daybreakers. The movie is set in 2019, when most of the population has turned vampire as a result of plague. The remaining humans, having been farmed for their blood, are dying out, threatening the vampires' food source. Humans are secretly aided by a small band of vampires who want to save humankind. Sam's kind of movie!

The release date is not until January 8, 2010 but you can view the TRAILER!

Sam Neill in Dean Spanley

WSN Staff
April 20, 2009

Sam Neill's most recent film Dean Spanleyis now out in DVD in the UK and Australia! Sam plays the title role, a man of the cloth whose apparent recollections as a previous life as a dog are the impetus that brings together a father and son, played by Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Northam, respectively.

View the trailer and film clip!

Read more about Dean Spanley on WSN's Articles and Information page.

Toa Fraser Begins New Film In Britain
Friday, 2 November 2007

New Zealand director Toa Fraser and a high-profile cast begin work in Britain this month on a movie being jointly funded by and filmed in the two countries.

The film, Dean Spanley, is set in Edwardian England "where men from the colonies are not entirely to be trusted".

Promoters said the film "reveals just how deep the Englishman's love for his dog can go", and stars veteran New Zealand actor Sam Neill in the title role. Britain's Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Northam play father and son, and Australian actor Bryan Brown is the man from the colonies.

The New Zealand Film Commission and the Film Fund announced yesterday they were investing in the film with three British investors.

Dean Spanley will be the second feature film for Fraser, whose first, No 2, was sold to more than 20 countries.

No 2 won the audience prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival.

The film, due to be finished in the middle of next year, will also be produced locally – by Aucklander Matthew Metcalfe and New Zealanders will fill key production roles.

The film has been written by Scottish-born New Zealand resident Alan Sharp, whose credits include 1995 British feature Rob Roy.

Sam Neill Joins Daybreakers Cast
Jeremy Kay in Cannes
22 May 2007 04:15

Sam Neill has joined Ethan Hawke on the cast of Lionsgate's upcoming vampire thriller Daybreakers, which is set to begin filming in Australia in July.

The story takes place in 2017 as of a clandestine group of vampires discovers the key to saving the human race from a plague.

Peter and Michael Spierig wrote and will direct the film. New Zealand's Weta Workshop will create the effects on the project, which The Film Finance Corporation Australia is co-financing with Queensland's The Pacific Film & Television Commission.

Chris Brown of Australian-based Pictures In Paradise is producing with Sean Furst and Bryan Furst.

Lionsgate's president of acquisitions and co-productions Peter Block and senior vice president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine will oversee the production.

"Sam Neill is an outstanding actor who brings gravitas to all his roles and we are delighted he is joining Ethan Hawke for this exceptional and visionary project," Stephanie Denton, president of Lionsgate international, said.

Sam Neill is represented by Martha Luttrell of ICM USA and Ann Churchill-Brown of Shanahan Management Australia.

O'Toole, Neill Board 'Iron Road'
By Archie Thomals
Apr. 13, 2007

London— Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill will star in "Iron Road," an $18 million budgeted television miniseries about the building of the North American transcontinental railroad. The romantic action-adventure sees a poor Chinese girl working on the railroads become romantically entwined with the son of a Yankie railroad tycoon.

"Iron Road" is produced by Mainland Productions and Iron Road Productions, in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with the participation of the COGECO Program Development Fund. Further coin came from Shaw Rocket Fund and the Canadian Television Fund.

London-based Alchemy Television is distributing in all territories other than China and Canada.

Sam Continues As Cardinal Wolsey
February 22, 2007
By Michael Devlin

OMAGH-born actor, Sam Neill is set to star in the second series of the successful US television series, The Tudors.

Produced by American entertainment giant, Showtime and filmed by Ireland's largest film studio, Ardmore Studios, The Tudors will see Neill act opposite another rising Irish star, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (King Henry VIII) as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and is based around the early life and times of the English monarch. As yet it is unclear when (or if) the show will hit our own TV screens.

Sam Neill DCNZM, OBE (real name Nigel John Dermot Neill), was born on September 14, 1947 in Omagh, the second son of Dermot, a Harrow and Sandhurst-educated army officer and third generation New Zealander (who was then stationed in Omagh), and his English wife, Priscilla.

Neill returned with his family to New Zealand in 1954 (where he currently resides between films) and is the owner of the Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago. He is most widely known for playing palaeontologist Doctor Alan Grant in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. He has one son, Tim (born in 1983), by New Zealand actress Lisa Harrow, and one daughter, Elena (born in 1990), by makeup artist Noriko Watanabe, whom he married in 1989.

Sam Neill In Third MLA Meat Ad
WSN Staff
February 9, 2007

Sam's Meat Ad 3 "Instinct" (1,903kb)

Television viewers in Australia are treated to the third ad by Meat And Livestock Australia starring Sam Neill. WSN Staff are especially fond of the Sam Dance that takes place at the end of each ad.

MLA began the ad campaign in March 2006 to boost the consumption of red meat in that nation. For more on MLA go to:

View the first two ads on WSN!

Sam Neill Receives Honor

Take a bow: actor Sam Neill, pictured in Arrowtown, has been made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Photo courtesy Shy Fan - thanks!

TVGuide Magazine
Picture Courtesy Mickey. Thanks!

Cricketers' Wine Out For a 'Duck'
12 August 2006

Former England cricketers Ian Botham and Bob Willis have come bottom of a celebrity wine league.

Their BMW Chardonnay 2005 was least popular of all 12 wines tested for Wine & Spirit magazine.

Each candidate had a celebrity connection – either through financial backing or hands-on involvement with the vineyard.

Judges described the cricketers' £8.99 bottle of BMW Chardonnay as "a duck", saying it was "powerful and fruity but lacking finesse".

Their BMW Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 fared better, coming second in the overall ranking.

Two of Sir Cliff Richard's Vida Nova wines came in eighth and ninth places.

The Vida Nova 2004 was given the harshest criticism, with judges describing it as having "a plummy nose but very green tannins".

Actor Sam Neill topped the celebrity wine league with his Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2004.

The £15.35 bottle received praise from the judges who said it was "smooth and slips down an absolute treat".

Greenaway explores Rembrandt's life, work
Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:01 AM BST
By Ab Zagt

Contrary to this report, Sam Neill is not starring in Nightwatching.

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands (Hollywood Reporter) - If you look closely at "The Nightwatch," the most famous painting of Rembrandt van Rijn, a shot is being fired in the background.

"A murder is committed, and all the killers are on the canvas," suggests British director Peter Greenaway, who will present this very personal view in his new film, "Nightwatching," an unorthodox look at the life and work of arguably the Netherlands' most famous painter. The film After a long search, producer Kees Kasander found his leading man in English actor Martin Freeman, best known for his work on the BBC comedy hit "The Office."could be described as his take on the Rembrandt Code.

Kasander says he's very happy with Freeman. "I realise he is unknown for a large part of the audience, but that is an advantage," he says. Sarah Polley plays the painter's wife, Saskia. Minnie Driver, Matthew Modine and Sam Neill are also among the cast.

"Rembrandt is some kind of Sherlock Holmes here," Greenaway says. "'The Nightwatch' could be regarded as an episode of 'CSI' or a story like 'Murder on the Orient Express.'"

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Sam Neill Photos From The Tudors
WSN Staff
June 30, 2006

Sam Neill The Tudors Sam Neill The Tudors
Click on each for the Large view.
Photos courtesy ShowbizIreland.

Trio Crowned For Showtime's "Tudors" Cast
By Nellie Andreeva
Friday, May 05, 2006

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam and Henry Cavill have joined the cast of Showtime's Henry VIII drama "The Tudors."

The project, which has a 10-episode order, is a serialized drama about the reign and marriages of the noted monarch, who will be played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Neill will play Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII's most important government minister, who possessed great power until he failed to secure for Henry a divorce from Catherine of Aragon.

Northam will play famed lawyer, writer and politician Sir Thomas More, who is chiefly remembered for his principled refusal to accept Henry VIII's claim to be the supreme head of the Church of England, a decision that ended his political career and led to his execution as a traitor.

Cavill will play Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Brandon was Henry VIII's closest friend, but their friendship was sorely tested when Brandon secretly married Henry's favorite sister, the beautiful Princess Mary Tudor.

Production is scheduled to begin this month in Ireland.

Neill most recently co-starred in Sci Fi Channel's miniseries "The Triangle." Northam will next be seen starring opposite Nicole Kidman in the horror drama "The Visiting." Cavill most recently was seen in the feature "Tristan & Isolde."

Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam and Henry Cavill Join the Cast Of The Tudors
Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam, and Henry Cavill have signed on to star opposite Mission: Impossible III's Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the Showtime period series The Tudors.

Based on the early life of Henry VIII (Meyers), the series is a serialized drama about the reign and marriages of England's former King.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neill will play Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII's most important government minister, who possessed great power until he failed to secure for Henry a divorce from Catherine of Aragon.

Showtime has orderd 10 episodes of The Tudors to start in the fall.

Irresistible Official Site
WSN Staff
Updated April 13, 2006 *

Sam Neill fans can view the trailer of his newest film, Irresistible, at the official site. A mystery/thriller, Irresistible also stars Susan Sarandon.

Sam plays Craig Hartley, husband of Sophie Hartley (Sarandon), who may not be all he apprears to be. Sophie is sure her husband's new co-worker is set on stealing her husband and her children. The suspcions and stress of trying to prove her theory and her sanity nearly drive her insane. The plot twists when it is Sophie who is accused of stalking.

A July 6, 2006 release date has been set.* The film may be available only on DVD.

Visit Cascades Film's Irresistible Official Site.

Ozon announces English-language debut Images
Chris Tilly | Feb 14 2006

No sooner had Wong Kar-Wai announced his English-language debut yesterday than François Ozon was at it today.

The French director, whose previous credits include '8 Women' and 'Swimming Pool', is about to start work on 'Angel', a period piece set in 1910 about a woman who works her way into the upper classes by writing a series of best-selling books.

Filming in and around London and Bristol for the next few weeks, 'Angel' stars Charlotte Rampling, Lucy Russel, Sam Neill and Romola Garai ('I Capture the Castle') as the fictional novelist.

February 3, 2006

In new television ads premiering Super Bowl Sunday, Fifth Third Bancorp has tapped New Zealand actor Sam Neill of "Jurassic Park" as the company's new celebrity spokesman, replacing Wayne Brady.

The ad campaign touting the bank's checking products de-emphasizes star power by using the actor for voiceover only while featuring scenes depicting Fifth Third customers.

WSN Staff
December 14, 2005

Sydney, Australia
December 10, 2005
Photo Courtesy Mickey

Sam Neill is spotted in Double Bay during the judging of the Christmas Windows, held each year in support of the Double Bay Children's Carnival.

Nice legs, Mr. Neill! Kilt-worthy as any Irishman's!

Sam Stars in The Triangle View Triangle Images!
November 23, 2005
WSN Staff

The SciFi Channel will air its highly promoted miniseries on December 5, 2005, at 9 PM Eastern.

Sam plays billionaire Eric Benirall, whose ships keep disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle. Benirall hires a crack team to investigate the mysterious Triangle.

The Triangle Official Site is loaded with teasers, picture gallery, downloads, and more.

Go to the Official Site at Sam as Eric Benirall

www.gallipoli-film.com  |  www.roninfilms.com

To The Ends Of The Earth
Characters & Actors

Mr Prettiman

Mr Prettiman is a radical-thinking republican, and most people on the ship consider that to be dangerous. He's setting sail to Australia in search of a new life in the new world.

Sam Neill explains "Personally, I have nothing in common with Mr Prettiman. He is cantankerous, idealistic, blinkered, thin-skinned, romantic, a man of the enlightenment, but curiously unenlightened himself. A funny character, I don't think he's got much of a future in the new world.

I hadn't read the books until I was sent the project and they are very beautiful books. Surprisingly hilarious, Golding is a very funny writer and it's and extraordinary sort of ship of ill-sorted people. It's not unlike isolating people in a country house, although this is for nine months rather than just weeks."

Sam Neill

Sam is an international film and television star. He's probably best known for his starring role in Jurrasic Park*, but has appeared in over 73 films and television dramas, despite not becoming an actor until he was 29. Sam's also worked on the other side of the cameras, directing, producing and writing.

He has recently directed a 90 minute film for Australian TV, explaining, "It's called The Brush Off*. I enjoyed it immensely but I was completely knackered at the end of it. I love directing but it's awfully demanding and I wouldn't want to do it on a regular basis. My bread and butter, the core activity is acting. I'm not a director - I was an actor pretending to be a director."

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