Peter Jackson rose to fame as the director of the most recent Lord of the Rings movies. Originally from New Zealand, Peter Jackson made his first film at the age of 9 and recreated King Kong. In 1987, Peter Jackson released his first film, Bad Taste, that he made with a 16-millimeter camera he spent two years saving up to buy. When he was 16-years-old, Peter Jackson started working for a local newspaper in New Zealand as a photo engraver. In 1994, Peter Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, directed Heavenly Creatures and gained notoriety in the LGBT community.