Tolkien meets Zulu: why the Battle of Helm’s deep almost ruined Peter Jackson

From his vantage point high above Dry Creek Quarry, Peter Jackson was king of all he surveyed. Or so the Lord of the Rings director may have fancied in the summer of 2000 as he bestrode the polystyrene battlements his crew had painstakingly constructed at the quarry on the outskirts of Wellington.