Two decades ago, a Kiwi called Peter Jackson was running around Wellington filming a comedy splatter flick.
Bad Taste took four years to make, with Jackson and his friends working on the project in between their day jobs.
The film eventually made its way to prestigious Cannes Film Festival where it met with critical acclaim, was sold to 30 countries and attracted a cult following.
Jackson’s professional career as a film director had begun.
Today, the Kiwi director reigns as the king of Hollywood, after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’s clean sweep at the Academy Awards.
The team behind the 11 Oscars haul still can’t believe their success.
“Who would have thought that Peter, this guy who turned up back in ’87 with this little home movie, that we’d be where we are today,” said long-time Jackson associate Jamie Selkirk.
Selkirk had been asked by the New Zealand Film Commission to take a look at Bad Taste, after a persistent Jackson kept hassling them for funding to finish off the project.
“It was just so funny. It was just so off the wall and so humorous,” Selkirk recalled.
“We hadn’t actually seen anything like this before.
“I went back to the Film Commission and said you’ve got to produce this film, you’ve got to back him.”