GenreShort CinematographyPeter Jackson, Ken Hammon CountryNew Zealand
Release date1976 (1976) CastPeter Jackson, Pete OHerne, Ken Hammon Similar moviesRelated Peter Jackson movies
The Valley is an amateur film made by then fifteen-year-old Peter Jackson in 1976 with his friends. It was strongly influenced by the films of Ray Harryhausen. It was filmed silent on a Super 8 camera and was shown on the children's television show Spot On.
The Valley is about four prospectors who walk into a valley and unwittingly enter a rift in the time/space continuum. As they journey down the valley, one of the prospectors (Ian Middleton) gets taken away by a harpy. Another prospector (Peter Jackson) falls off a cliff. The two remaining (Ken Hammon and Andrew Neal) have to fight and destroy a cyclops. They build a raft, float across a lake, and see a building in ruins. This ruin, unbeknownst to them, is the Beehive building of Wellington city – they haven't travelled back in time but ahead into a post-apocalyptic world taken over by mythical beasts.
Andrew Neal (Prospector #1)
Ken Hammon (Prospector #2)
Ian Middleton (Prospector #3)
Peter Jackson (Prospector #4)
Directed by Peter Jackson, Ken Hammon, and Andrew Neal