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Famous Screenwriters from New Zealand

Updated October 13, 2018 2.1k views59 items

List of notable or famous screenwriters from New Zealand, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in New Zealand and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to New Zealand. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Kiwi screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from New Zealand is included when available.

List is made up of a variety of people, including Peter Jackson and Jemaine Clement.

This historic screenwriters from New Zealand list can help answer the questions "Who are some Kiwi screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from New Zealand?" These prominent screenwriters of New Zealand may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Kiwi screenwriters.

Use this list of renowned Kiwi screenwriters to discover some new screenwriters that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Andrew Ralph Adamson (born 1 December 1966) is a New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter based mainly in Los Angeles, where he made the animation films, Shrek and Shrek 2 for which he...  more
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    BirthplaceParaparaumu, New Zealand

    Andrew M. Niccol (born 10 June 1964) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca (1997), Simone (2002), Lord of War (2005), In Time (2011), The Host (2013),...  more
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    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Oceania, Wellington, Wellington Region, Realm of New Zealand

    Anna Campion is a film director and screenwriter....  more
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    BirthplaceNew Plymouth, New Zealand

    Anthony McCarten (born 1961) is a New Zealand-born novelist, playwright, television writer, and filmmaker. He is best known for writing the biographical films The Theory of Everything (2014), Darkest...  more
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    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie (born 29 June 1976) is a New Zealand comedian, actor, musician and producer. He is one half of musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Jemaine Clement. The...  more
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    Cecil Holmes

    Dec. at 73 (1921-1994)

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Oceania, Waipukurau, New Zealand

    Cecil Holmes was a film director, screenwriter and film producer....  more
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    BirthplaceLower Hutt, New Zealand

    Christine Jeffs (born 29 January 1963) is a New Zealand-born director, editor, and screenwriter known for directing the New Zealand film Rain (2001), the British motion picture Sylvia (2003), and the...  more
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    BirthplaceNorth Vancouver, Canada

    Christopher Harder (born 1948 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a lawyer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Harder is a well known criminal lawyer in New Zealand with a penchant for...  more
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    Dale Stewart

    Age: 36
    Dale Stewart (born 30 March 1985) is a New Zealand film director, producer, editor and screenwriter, best known for his 2012 horror film Compound. He gained international recognition early in his...  more
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    Daniel Joseph Borgman

    Daniel Joseph Borgman is a film director and screenwriter....  more
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    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Christchurch

    David Hugh de Lautour (born 28 November 1982) is a New Zealand television actor and musician. He was born in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand and attended King's College, then The American...  more
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    David Alexander McPhail (born 11 April 1945) is a New Zealand comedic actor and writer whose television career spans four decades. McPhail first won fame on sketch comedy show A Week of It, partly...  more
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    BirthplaceChristchurch, New Zealand

    Ellory Elkayem (born 12 August 1970) is a New Zealand film director.Born in Christchurch, Elkayem began making films at a young age. He later attended a film school designed to give students...  more
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    Emily Corcoran is an actress, film producer and a screenwriter....  more
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    Fran Walsh

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Dame Frances Rosemary Walsh (born 10 January 1959) is a New Zealand screenwriter, film producer and lyricist. She has won BAFTA and Oscars for her music, film producing, and script writing. The...  more
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    Dame Gaylene Mary Preston (born 1 June 1947) is a New Zealand filmmaker with a particular interest in documentary films....  more
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    Glenn Standring

    Glenn Standring is a New Zealand scriptwriter, producer and film director, working in the action, horror and fantasy genres. He is from Feilding in the North Island of New Zealand. He is descended...  more
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    Greg McGee

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceOamaru, New Zealand

    Greg McGee is a New Zealand writer and playwright, who also writes crime fiction under the pseudonym Alix Bosco....  more
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    BirthplaceNew Zealand

    Hadyn Green is an actor and screenwriter....  more
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    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Oceania, New Zealand

    Helena Brooks is a screenwriter, film director and film producer....  more
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    Ian Mune

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Auckland Region, Auckland, Oceania, Realm of New Zealand

    Ian Barry Mune (born 1941) is a New Zealand character actor, director, and screenwriter. His screen acting career spans four decades and more than 50 roles. His work as a director includes hit...  more
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    BirthplaceNew Zealand, Wellington

    Alternative NameJames Napier-Robertson, James Robertson, James Napier Robertson

    James William Napier Robertson (born 24 March 1982) is a New Zealand writer, film director and producer, who wrote and directed 2009 film I'm Not Harry Jenson, and 2014 film The Dark Horse, for...  more
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    Jane Campion

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion (born 30 April 1954) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. Campion is the second of five women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and...  more


    #114 of 250 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#56 of 147 The Greatest Hollywood Screenwriters Of All-Time, Ranked

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    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Jaquie Brown is a New Zealand TV presenter, actress and radio presenter....  more
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    Jeffrey Thomas (born 1945) is a Welsh-born New Zealand actor and writer, best known for his film, television and stage roles....  more