New Zealand director Andrew Adamson showcased his homeland to the world through one of his favourite childhood novels.

New Zealand film-maker Andrew Adamson's love of his homeland landscapes shine through in his big screen adaptations of British author C.S. Lewis's classic children's series The Chronicles of Narnia.

Loved by children of all ages, this world of fauns, satyrs and centaurs was brought to the big screen by New Zealand director Andrew Adamson with his 2005 adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which became the 41st highest-grossing film of all time.

Since then, there have been two more Narnia films - Prince Caspian (2008) and also directed by Adamson, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).

I think there’s an openness in New Zealand and a freedom, in the way I grew up anyway, that encouraged the openness of imagination.

Scene from Prince Caspian, New Zealand

Cast shot from filming of Prince Caspian

The storyline follows four children from the same family have to leave their town because WW1 is happening. A women and a professor take the children to their house. While playing a game of hide and seek the youngest member of the family 'Lucy' finds a wardrobe to hide in. She travels back and forth into the wardrobe and finds a place named Narnia. After going in twice the four children go in together for the last time. They battle wolves, meet talking animals, encounter a evil white witch and meet a magnificent lion named 'Aslan'.


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