Children by Magnolia Bank around 1935 (Magnolia x soulangeana planted 1928)
New Zeland filmaker Peter Jackson produced one of his earliest films with scenes shot in the Playground in the Wellington Botanic Garden in 1992. It was known both as 'Brain Dead' or 'Dead Alive'.
I was advised of this by a British resident who wanted to know if the playground was still there, and if the locality could still be identified from the scenes, as he was aware the area had been subsequently redeveloped. It can be!
It is also reported that Peter Jackson finished the movie but found he had a lot of extra budget left over. Not knowing what else to do he decded to shoot this extra scene just for fun. It is noted that he now considers this to be his favourite part of the whole film
The following are screen grabs from the film, and the video of the scenes in the Garden can be seen at
The video of the scenes in the Garden click Dead/alive aka Brain Dead Opens in new window: close to return to this page
The video of the scenes in the Garden click Dead/alive aka Brain Dead
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You Tube link