Jack Brown Genius

Jack Brown Genius is a New Zealand romantic comedy fantasy film directed by Tony Hiles, produced by Peter Jackson and written by both with Jackson's partner Fran Walsh. Actor Tim Balme, who had earlier starred in Jackson's movie Braindead, plays the title role.

Jack Brown Genius
DVD cover
Directed byTony Hiles
Produced byPeter Jackson
Jim Booth
Written byTony Hiles
Peter Jackson
Frances Walsh
Music byMichelle Scullion
CinematographyAllen Guilford
Edited byJamie Selkirk
Distributed bySenator Film
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date
11 July 1996
Running time
85 minutes
CountryNew Zealand


The brain of inventor Jack Brown is possessed by the soul of a medieval monk who thinks he knows the secret of how to fly.


The film won three awards at the 1996 New Zealand Film and Television Awards:[1]

  • Best Actor (Tim Balme)
  • Best Director (Tony Hiles)
  • Best Film Score (Michelle Scullion)

It was also nominated for the best Film award at Fantasporto


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