I bought this because I really respected how Peter Jackson made the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. It turned out to be another good decision! The book traces Jackson's fascination with film from his early work (cheap camera, friends roped in as weekend actors and home-made special effects) all the way through Tolkien's epic to 'King Kong' (major studio production, top actors, state-of-the art computer graphics). We learn about the demands of film-making at various levels, coping with financing from National Film Institutes and Hollywood studios and the relentless pressure of deadlines. I felt sad when I read about Jackson in his early days turning up at a remote film location and waiting all day for friends who couldn't come. (Remember this was before the days of mobile phones.) However I was fascinated to hear exactly how the 'Lord of the Rings' was given the go-ahead. You don't get a genius like Jackson very often, so this look at his life and work is most welcome.