Iconic New Zealand film director Geoff Murphy dies

Iconic New Zealand film director Geoff Murphy dies
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Kiwi film director Geoff Murphy has died, age 80.

Murphy was known for his film work in the 1980s - directing iconic Kiwi films including Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and The Quiet Earth.

The New Zealand Film Commission said it was "very saddened" to hear of Murphy's passing on Monday.

A post on Facebook by one of his friends said he created "masterpieces" and "put New Zealand on the map with Goodbye Pork Pie".

"Thank you for being one of the best New Zealand film producers, directors and screenplay writers we have ever had".

Murphy was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to film in 2014 and in the same year received an honorary doctorate in literature from Massey University.

He was also married to filmmaker Merata Mita, who died in 2010. Murphy has also been a scriptwriter, special effects technician, schoolteacher and trumpet player.

He has been named as one of New Zealand's 20 greatest living artists by the Arts Foundation.