A true crime novelist, obsessed with his latest book and convinced he is losing his mind, takes a trip to the forest to recover, but ends up with a fellow traveler dead and blood on his hands.
2 nominations. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson
Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A shy magician coaxes his once happy wife back to life with his greatest illusion - a little boy. But the loving family they create is threatened when they become hunted as child abductors.

Director: Max Currie
Stars: Brett Stewart, Sia Trokenheim, Ben Clarkson
The Tribe (TV Series 1999)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A group of young adults struggle to survive in a world where all the adults have been killed by a mysterious virus.

Stars: Caleb Ross, Victoria Spence, Meryl Cassie
The Rehearsal (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

First-year acting student Stanley mines his girlfriend's family scandal as material for the end-of-year show at drama school. The result is a moral minefield.

Director: Alison Maclean
Stars: James Rolleston, Kerry Fox, Ella Edward
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.

Director: Toa Fraser
Stars: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka
Boy I (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old kid and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Director: Taika Waititi
Stars: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore
Drama | Romance | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub.

Director: Taika Waititi
Stars: Rangi Ngamoki, Hutini Waikato, Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards
Shortland Street (TV Series 1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Shortland Street, a five-night-a-week soap set in an Auckland City hospital, follows the complicated personal and professional lives of its staff, family and friends.

Stars: Michael Galvin, Ben Mitchell, Amanda Billing
Dark Horse (2015)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse

Director: Louise Osmond
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Eagle vs Shark is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games.

Director: Taika Waititi
Stars: Loren Taylor, Jemaine Clement, Craig Hall

Set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, a Russian conductor Karl Eliasberg is tasked with enlisting his starving orchestra to perform Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony in defiance to the invasion by Nazi Germany and Stalinist oppression.

Director: James Napier Robertson
The Rogers Family Xmas (2010–2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Rachel Blampied, Karl Burnett, Hera Dunleavy


Cast overview:
Jinny Lee Story ...
Ilona Rodgers ...
Renato Bartolomei ...
Rachel Blampied ...
Ben Mitchell ...


Stanley Merse has murder constantly on his mind. A grungy true crime novelist, he finds himself increasingly plagued with nightmares and violent fantasies about his work, in particular the subject of his latest novel, Harry Jenson. In an attempt to reclaim his sanity, Stan goes on a remote journey deep in the New Zealand forest, with a group of other mysterious trampers. But when he wakes up on the first morning to find one of his tramping party dead, Stanley finds himself caught up in a real life scenario that is far too reminiscent of one of his own plot lines. With blood on his hands, and his delusional nightmares out of control, Stanley is faced with the very real possibility that this story may in fact be reality, one which he now has to try and keep secret. Shot almost entirely against the stunning backdrop of New Zealand's native rain forests, I'm Not Harry Jenson is a thought provoking murder mystery that crescendos to a finale full of surprise and intrigue. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Mystery | Thriller



Official Sites:




Release Date:

29 January 2010 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Nem én öltem  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

8 February 2010 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

INHJ fascinates me. As a media student having studied the horror and thriller genres, the codes, conventions and clichés are expected, blatant and eradicate all suspense film-makers aim to achieve from their use. This film tip-toes around nearly every single one of them and creates something entirely fresh.

The main character, Stanley, is a writer who pens novels based on murderers; such as Harry Jensen who killed 37 people prior to his execution. Finding this particular murderer hard to write down, Stanley's agent Tom sends him on a trek deep in the New Zealand scrub, reachable only by helicopter. After the trek's first night in the bush, one of his fellow travellers is dead and anyone could be the killer.

Stand-out performances from Gareth Reeves, Renato Bartolomei and excellent editing and sound take the film from beginning to end with no hesitation. The climax is to be seen to be believed.

INHJ is an excellent first film from the directors, I certainly hope to see more films in this class from the NZ film industry.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss I'm Not Harry Jenson. (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: