John Laing

John Laing is a director, producer, editor and writer from New Zealand. He directed his first feature film Beyond Reasonable Doubt in 1980. He has worked in both television and movies in New Zealand as well as in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006)

It is the story of an average, popular American teenager named Wendy Wu who discovers that in order to win the coveted crown she must first learn the way of the warrior. Wendy Wu has a one track mind, and that track leads directly to the title of homecoming queen ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Brenda Song  •  Shin Koyamada  •  Susan Chuang  •  Sally Martin

It is the story of an average, popular American teenager named Wendy Wu who discovers that in order to win the coveted crown she must first learn the way of the warrior. Wendy Wu has a one track mind, and that track leads directly to the title of homecoming queen ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Brenda Song  •  Shin Koyamada  •  Susan Chuang  •  Sally Martin

Absent Without Leave (1993)

In 1942 Wellington, Daisy Edwards, 16 and pregnant, relies totally on her just-wed husband, Ed, who is little older than she. Ed is suddenly drafted into the army and is to be sent overseas to battle while Daisy is sent to her father in Auckland. When Ed's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Craig McLachlan  •  Katrina Hobbs  •  Tony Barry  •  Judie Douglass

In 1942 Wellington, Daisy Edwards, 16 and pregnant, relies totally on her just-wed husband, Ed, who is little older than she. Ed is suddenly drafted into the army and is to be sent overseas to battle while Daisy is sent to her father in Auckland. When Ed's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Craig McLachlan  •  Katrina Hobbs  •  Tony Barry  •  Judie Douglass

The Lost Tribe (1983)

Anthropologist Max Scarry mysteriously disappears while doing excavation/research of a lost New Zealand tribe on a remote island. His wife and his twin brother Edward are clueless as to what could have happened, a situation complicated by their city's police ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  John Bach  •  Darien Takle  •  Don Selwyn  •  Martyn Sanderson

Anthropologist Max Scarry mysteriously disappears while doing excavation/research of a lost New Zealand tribe on a remote island. His wife and his twin brother Edward are clueless as to what could have happened, a situation complicated by their city's police ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  John Bach  •  Darien Takle  •  Don Selwyn  •  Martyn Sanderson

Other Halves (1984)

A Polynesian street-kid and a much older middle-class housewife are both incarcerated in the same mental hospital - she for attempted suicide and he for habitual crime. A friendship grows between them such that she offers him a place to stay upon his release. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Lisa Harrow  •  Mark Pilisi  •  Paul Gittins  •  Clare Clifford

A Polynesian street-kid and a much older middle-class housewife are both incarcerated in the same mental hospital - she for attempted suicide and he for habitual crime. A friendship grows between them such that she offers him a place to stay upon his release. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Lisa Harrow  •  Mark Pilisi  •  Paul Gittins  •  Clare Clifford

Abandoned (2015)

In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle set sail from Picton, New Zealand, bound for Tonga with four crew. After a freak wave capsized the yacht, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Dominic Purcell  •  Peter Feeney  •  Owen Black  •  Siobhan Marshall

In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle set sail from Picton, New Zealand, bound for Tonga with four crew. After a freak wave capsized the yacht, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Dominic Purcell  •  Peter Feeney  •  Owen Black  •  Siobhan Marshall

Safe House (2012)

Safe House is the story of a struggle for survival in an unfamiliar and threatening world, based on the true life experience of a woman in the early days of the witness protection programme in New Zealand. TV Movie  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Morgana O'Reilly  •  Serena Cotton  •  Peter Elliott  •  Paul Gittins

Safe House is the story of a struggle for survival in an unfamiliar and threatening world, based on the true life experience of a woman in the early days of the witness protection programme in New Zealand. TV Movie  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Morgana O'Reilly  •  Serena Cotton  •  Peter Elliott  •  Paul Gittins

No One Can Hear You (2001)

Families are dying and reporter Trish (Kelly McGillis) finds herself reporting on a serial killing spree. After her daughter Lisa's (Kate Elliott) best friends are killed, she fears that her family may be on the killers list. Sheriff Webster (Barry Corbin) is not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Kelly McGillis  •  Kate Elliott  •  Tom Huntington  •  Kieren Hutchison

Families are dying and reporter Trish (Kelly McGillis) finds herself reporting on a serial killing spree. After her daughter Lisa's (Kate Elliott) best friends are killed, she fears that her family may be on the killers list. Sheriff Webster (Barry Corbin) is not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Kelly McGillis  •  Kate Elliott  •  Tom Huntington  •  Kieren Hutchison

Venus and Mars (2015)

When an attack on a Palmerston North fraud detective made headlines in October 1996, the New Zealand public followed the media reports with fascination. They read like a plot of a Hollywood film or detective novel. Poison pen letters, satanic worship, a police hate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing  •  John Banas
CAST:  Craig Hall  •  Ande Cunningham  •  Sara Wiseman  •  Paul McLaughlin

When an attack on a Palmerston North fraud detective made headlines in October 1996, the New Zealand public followed the media reports with fascination. They read like a plot of a Hollywood film or detective novel. Poison pen letters, satanic worship, a police hate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing  •  John Banas
CAST:  Craig Hall  •  Ande Cunningham  •  Sara Wiseman  •  Paul McLaughlin

A War Story (2019)

In 1997, Osama bin Laden declared war on the USA and Pulitzer Prize winning CNN correspondent Peter Arnett embarked on a mission to locate and interview him. A War Story follows the dramatic events leading up to the interview and the Kiwi journalist's horror on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  John Leigh  •  Tim Carlsen  •  George Kanaan  •  Chye-Ling Huang

In 1997, Osama bin Laden declared war on the USA and Pulitzer Prize winning CNN correspondent Peter Arnett embarked on a mission to locate and interview him. A War Story follows the dramatic events leading up to the interview and the Kiwi journalist's horror on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  John Leigh  •  Tim Carlsen  •  George Kanaan  •  Chye-Ling Huang

Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1980)

A docu-drama covering one of the most famous cases in New Zealand history, the murder of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe in 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  David Hemmings  •  John Hargreaves  •  Tony Barry  •  Martyn Sanderson

A docu-drama covering one of the most famous cases in New Zealand history, the murder of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe in 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  David Hemmings  •  John Hargreaves  •  Tony Barry  •  Martyn Sanderson

Dangerous Orphans (1985)

Three orphaned boys - O'Malley, Rossi and Moir - become blood brothers. When they grow up, they plot revenge on the crooks who got away with shooting O'Malley's father. The crooks are doing very nicely importing heroin and laundering money. The boys begin by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Peter Stevens  •  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Ross Girven  •  Michael Hurst

Three orphaned boys - O'Malley, Rossi and Moir - become blood brothers. When they grow up, they plot revenge on the crooks who got away with shooting O'Malley's father. The crooks are doing very nicely importing heroin and laundering money. The boys begin by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Peter Stevens  •  Jennifer Ward-Lealand  •  Ross Girven  •  Michael Hurst

Cody: Bad Love (1994)

Cody’s investigation of an art theft leads him to Claudia who works at an art gallery where the certificate of the stolen painting is held. His judgement may be clouded when he discovers the federal police suspect Claudia of smuggling the paintings.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Gary Sweet  •  Robert Mammone  •  Heather Mitchell  •  Rebecca Riggs

Cody’s investigation of an art theft leads him to Claudia who works at an art gallery where the certificate of the stolen painting is held. His judgement may be clouded when he discovers the federal police suspect Claudia of smuggling the paintings.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Gary Sweet  •  Robert Mammone  •  Heather Mitchell  •  Rebecca Riggs

Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Lightning Strikers (2003)

Every Ranger knows you should never trust an evil space Ninja, but Choobo scores with a scheme that changes the balance of power in the universe! Hunter and Blake are warped into thinking the Wind Rangers are their enemies. The resulting Megazord battles and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Pua Magasiva  •  Sally Martin  •  Glenn McMillan  •  Adam Tuominen

Every Ranger knows you should never trust an evil space Ninja, but Choobo scores with a scheme that changes the balance of power in the universe! Hunter and Blake are warped into thinking the Wind Rangers are their enemies. The resulting Megazord battles and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
CAST:  Pua Magasiva  •  Sally Martin  •  Glenn McMillan  •  Adam Tuominen

The Shirt

A caustically funny account of addict monomania.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
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A caustically funny account of addict monomania.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Laing
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