Duncan Sarkies


The multi-talented Duncan Sarkies is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, performer and short story writer. In New Zealand he is best known for writing the hit black comedy Scarfies, one of New Zealand’s highest grossing films. He also wrote two episodes of the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, starring Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement.

Duncan worked alongside the Bondi Hipsters creators Christiaan van Vuuren and Nick Boshier on the ABC2 comedy series Soul Mates. He also wrote for the martial arts action comedy Maximum Choppage starring Lawrence Leung for Matchbox Pictures/ NBCU and ABC2. Duncan is currently developing another series for Matchbox Pictures, Filch, which follows an ex-cricket star on a downward trajectory.

Duncan has written film scripts, plays, short stories and novels, touring several shows around New Zealand and abroad. He won the 1995 New Zealand Play of the Year award for Saving Grace, and the 2000 Montana New Zealand Best First Book Award for his short story collection Stray Thoughts and Nose Bleeds.

Duncan’s debut novel Two Little Boys was published in 2008 to rave reviews, and was brought to life as a major motion picture directed by Robert Sarkies in 2012, starring Hamish Blake and Bret McKenzie. His second novel, The Demolition of the Century, was released in 2013 through John Murray Publishers, and is currently in development as a film project.

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