Niki Caro Biography

Niki Caro was born as Nikola Jean Caro. She is a Zealand film director and screenwriter. She is well known for her film Whale Rider where she won a number of awards at international film festivals. She has also directed the 2020 live-action version of Disney’s Mulan, making her the second female and the second New Zealand director hired by Disney to direct a film budgeted at over $100 million.

Niki Caro Age

Niki Caro was born Nikola Jean Caro on 20 September 1966 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is 54 years old as of 2020. Niki celebrates all of his birthdays on the 20th of September every year.

Niki Caro Height

She stands at a height of 5feet 8inches (5.6 meters tall) and weighs 65 kilograms. She has dark hair and dark black eyes.

Niki Caro Family, Parents and siblings

Caro was born in Wellington, New Zealand. She has not shared any information about her parents. She has managed to keep the information about her family away from the media. The information about her family will soon be updated.

Niki Caro Education

She joined Kadimah college,  Auckland, then Diocesan School for Girls, where she received an alumni award. After there she graduated with a from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.  In 1988 and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Film from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Niki Caro Husband

She is a married woman. Caro got married to Andrew Lister who is an architect. The two are blessed to have two daughters Tui and Pearl. Their first daughter was born shortly after the success of Whale Rider.

Niki Caro Kids

Caro is a loving and caring mother. She is lucky to have two beautiful daughters Tui and Pearl. Their first daughter was born shortly after the success of Whale Rider.

Niki Caro Movies

  • Memory & Desire
  • Whale Rider
  • North Country
  • A Heavenly Vintage
  • McFarland, USA
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife
  • Mulan
  • Untitled The Wuzzles film

Niki Caro Mulan

In 2071 she was hired to direct  Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan and then Untitled film based on The Wuzzles. She is the second woman at the studio to direct a film budgeted at over $100 million, after Ava DuVernay (2018’s A Wrinkle in Time), and the second New Zealander, after Taika Waititi.

Niki Caro Whale Rider

Whale rider is about a Māori girl that has to stand up against the other men and her grandfather in the tribe to show she can be as much of a leader as the boys who were being trained to be leaders. Caro argues that Whale Rider is more about leadership than sexism because the Māori are also profoundly matriarchal.

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When I first moved to LA we lived near this giant billboard on Sunset Blvd and I would wonder if I’d ever make a movie that would require that much real estate. Well, that day has come. At midnight tonight MULAN will be available for all to see on Disney+ but for right now, here is CC and me, strolling down Sunset like it was no thing to have her image a hundred feet high right behind us. Thanks @ninja_tuner for the sneaky shooting and Tui @tuicarolister for putting music to the clip for me. That’s CC singing because there is literally nothing that girl can’t do. So as CC and I walk off into the sunset, can I just say how much I have LOVED this journey with her and all our brilliant collaborators. And on behalf of our loyal, Brave, and true Mulan army, we hope you enjoy the movie we made for you 🌸 #mulan #disney #yifei_cc #loyalbravetrue #goals

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