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Also Known As: Died: January 4, 1994
Born: Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: New Zealand Profession: producer, film commission director

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New Zealand producer who established the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), which he directed from 1983-88, before seguing into his own carnivalesque mode of production. Booth formed a partnership with film director Peter Jackson after encouraging the NZFC to back Jackson's "Bad Taste" (1987), a comedy about alien cannibals who are fast-food entrepreneurs. Booth became "Kiwi King" of low to no-budget fare after leaving the NZFC, turning out three other features which displayed feral wit: "Meet the Feebles" (1990) which featured puppets trying to make it in showbiz; the awesomely bloody cult flick, "Dead Alive" (1993); and his elegant swan song, "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), which was dedicated to his memory. This last effort offered a splendidly twisted take on what could have been a "Masterpiece Theater"-styled outing. Critics lined up to sing its praises as did audiences.

New Zealand producer who established the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), which he directed from 1983-88, before seguing into his own carnivalesque mode of production. Booth formed a partnership with film director Peter Jackson after encouraging the NZFC to back Jackson's "Bad Taste" (1987), a comedy about alien cannibals who are fast-food entrepreneurs. Booth became "Kiwi King" of low to no-budget fare after leaving the NZFC, turning out three other features which displayed feral wit: "Meet the Feebles" (1990) which featured puppets trying to make it in showbiz; the awesomely bloody cult flick, "Dead Alive" (1993); and his elegant swan song, "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), which was dedicated to his memory. This last effort offered a splendidly twisted take on what could have been a "Masterpiece Theater"-styled outing. Critics lined up to sing its praises as did audiences.

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1983:
Established New Zealand Film Commision (NZFC) and became executive director
1987:
Began working with director Peter Jackson when the NZFC funded Jackson's debut film, "Bad Taste"
1990:
Debut as producer, "Meet the Freebles"
1994:
Last film produced, "Heavenly Creatures"
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