Dan Hennah

Supervising Art Director


Full Name: Dan Hennah

Birthplace: Hastings, New Zealand

Marital Status: He is married to Chris







  • Raised on a farm in Fernhill, New Zealand until he left home at 17

  • Started his film career after joining the crew of TV show The Prisoner for a few months in 1981 and became interested in the film business

  • His wife Chris also worked on The Lord of the Rings as the art department manager

  • Appeared during the armory scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) as a cameo

  • Is one of six children

  • Worked as an architect for five years

  • Admires the film Moulin Rouge for its production design

  • At one time his occupation was a worker on a fishing trawler

  • Met his wife in 1968. They were married 17th March, 1973

  • Studied at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Architecture

    Notable Projects:

  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
  • King Kong (2005)
  • The Frighteners (1996)

    Current Projects:

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014)

    Selected Awards:

  • 2004: Academy Award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  • 2004: Golden Satellite Award for Best Art Direction (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)


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