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James Griffin

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 James Griffin

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James Griffin

Writer James Griffin has literally had a hand in almost every successful comedy or drama to grace New Zealand television screens since 1985. His credits stretch from the iconic Gloss, behind the scenes comedy Serial Killers, to big screen comedy Sione's Wedding. Working alongside writer Rachel Lang, he also helped create Westie family drama Outrageous Fortune.

We don’t actually draw that much from our own experiences because if we had behaved like the West family in our lives, we probably would be in prison rather than writers on a TV show. 
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 Step Dave

Step Dave

Writer

2014

 The Brokenwood Mysteries

The Brokenwood Mysteries

Writer

2014

 Westside Story

Westside Story

Creator

2014

 The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose

Creator
Writer

2013

 The Blue Rose - Episode One

The Blue Rose - Episode One

Creator

2013

 Sione's 2 - Unfinished Business

Sione's 2 - Unfinished Business

Writer
Associate Producer

2012

 The Almighty Johnsons

The Almighty Johnsons

Writer
Executive Producer
Creator
Script Editor

2011 - 2013

 The Almighty Johnsons - Series One, Episode One

The Almighty Johnsons - Series One, Episode One

Executive Producer
Writer
Creator

2011

 Diplomatic Immunity

Diplomatic Immunity

Writer
Creator

2008

 Honest (UK series)

Honest (UK series)

Creator

2008

 Outrageous Fortune - Christmas Special Telemovie

Outrageous Fortune - Christmas Special Telemovie

Executive Producer
Writer

2006

 Maddigan's Quest

Maddigan's Quest

Writer

2005

 Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune

Executive Producer
Writer
Creator

2005 - 2010

 Outrageous Fortune - Episode One

Outrageous Fortune - Episode One

Executive Producer

2005

 Sione's Wedding

Sione's Wedding

Writer

2005

 Serial Killers

Serial Killers

Creator
Writer

2004

 Serial Killers - A Compilation

Serial Killers - A Compilation

Writer
Creator

2004

 Spin Doctors - Election Special

Spin Doctors - Election Special

Writer

2002

 The Strip

The Strip

Writer

2002 - 2003

 Being Eve

Being Eve

Writer

2001 - 2002

 Mataku - The Sisters (Ngā Tuāhine)

Mataku - The Sisters (Ngā Tuāhine)

Script Editor

2001

 Mercy Peak

Mercy Peak

Writer

2001 - 2003

 Spin Doctors

Spin Doctors

Co-Creator
Writer

2001 - 2003

 Street Legal

Street Legal

Writer

2000 - 2005

 Jackson's Wharf

Jackson's Wharf

Script Supervisor
Writer

1999 - 2000

 Lawless

Lawless

Story

1999

 Double Booking

Double Booking

Writer

1998

 The Chosen

The Chosen

Writer

1998

 City Life

City Life

Writer
Creator

1996 - 1998

 City Life - Episode One

City Life - Episode One

Creator
Writer

1996

 Plainclothes

Plainclothes

Writer

1995

 Marlin Bay

Marlin Bay

Writer

1992 - 1994

 More Issues

More Issues

Writer

1991

 The Boy from Andromeda - The Guardian

The Boy from Andromeda - The Guardian

Script Editor

1990

 The New Adventures of Black Beauty

The New Adventures of Black Beauty

Writer

1990 - 1991

 Night of the Red Hunter - Telefeature

Night of the Red Hunter - Telefeature

Script Editor

1989

 Funny Business

Funny Business

Writer

1988 - 1991

 Funny Business - Excerpts

Funny Business - Excerpts

Writer

1988 - 1991

 Gloss

Gloss

Writer

1987 - 1990

 Steel Riders - Bloodstones (Episode One)

Steel Riders - Bloodstones (Episode One)

Script Editor

1987


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Awards

2013 Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards
Nominated for Best Television Feature or Drama Series: The Almighty Johnsons

2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards 
Best Script - Drama/Comedy Programme: for Outrageous Fortune

2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Script - Drama/Comedy Programme: for Outrageous Fortune

2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Script - Drama/Comedy Programme (shared with Rachel Lang): for Outrageous Fortune

2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Script, Drama/Comedy Programme (shared with Jan Prettlejohns): for Outrageous Fortune

2007 Qantas Television Awards
Best Script - Non-Factual: for the Outrageous Fortune Christmas Special
Best Drama: Outrageous Fortune Christmas Special

2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Best Script, Drama - Television: for Outrageous Fortune, episode 2

2006 Qantas Television Awards
Nominated for Best Script - Non-Factual (with Rachel Lang):  Outrageous Fortune

2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Screenplay (with Oscar Kightley) - Film: for Sione's Wedding
Nominated for Best Script, Single Episode of a Drama Series or Serial (with Rachel Lang) - Television: Outrageous Fortune, Episode 13

2005 New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Script - Drama: for Mercy Peak, episode 55
Nominated for Best Script - Comedy: for Serial Killer, episode 3

2002 TV Guide New Zealand Television Awards
Nominated for Best Script - Comedy (with Roger Hall and Tom Scott): for Spin Doctors

1999 TV Guide New Zealand Script Awards
Best Comedy Script: for Double Booking

1995 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Best Script - Television Serial: for Shortland Street, episode 525

1994 Writers Guild Foundation (United States)
International Screen and Television Writer's Film Festival Award (shared with Greg McGee): for Marlin Bay