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Taika Waititi

Director, Writer [Te-Whānau-ā-Apanui]

 Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi

Sometime actor Taika Waititi has really sunk his teeth into directing. His short film Two Cars, One Night, was Oscar-nominated in 2005. Tama Tū and debut feature Eagle vs Shark showcased his trademark deadpan humour. Follow-up Boy was awarded at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, then became the most successful Kiwi film released on home soil. Next came mockumentary hit What We Do in the Shadows, co-directed with Jemaine Clement.

I don’t ever want to be seen as a Māori artist. I’d rather be an artist who just happens to be Māori – and not like my art must always, and necessarily, reflect being a Māori. 
 
 

Screenography

Screenography
 Role/s
 What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

Producer
Writer
Director
Actor

2014

 The Captain

The Captain

Actor

2013

 Super City

Super City

Director

2011 - 2013

 The Inbetweeners

The Inbetweeners

Director

2011

 Boy

Boy

Actor
Writer
Director

2010

 RadiRadiRah

RadiRadiRah

Actor

2010

 40 Years

40 Years

Director

2009

 The Jaquie Brown Odyssey - Brownward Spiral (Episode Seven)

The Jaquie Brown Odyssey - Brownward Spiral (Episode Seven)

Actor

2009

 Bright Grey

Bright Grey

Director

2007

 Eagle vs Shark

Eagle vs Shark

Writer
Director

2007

 What We Do In the Shadows (short film)

What We Do In the Shadows (short film)

Director
Actor

2006

 Heinous Crime

Heinous Crime

Director
Actor

2004

 Tama Tū

Tama Tū

Director
Writer

2004

 The Living Room - Series Two, Episode Ten

The Living Room - Series Two, Episode Ten

Presenter

2004

 Pulp Comedy - Series Seven, Episode Three (Taika Waititi)

Pulp Comedy - Series Seven, Episode Three (Taika Waititi)

Performer

2003

 Turangawaewae / A Place to Stand

Turangawaewae / A Place to Stand

Actor

2003

 Two Cars, One Night

Two Cars, One Night

Writer
Director

2003

 Life On Ben - Series One Compilation

Life On Ben - Series One Compilation

Actor

2002

 Life on Ben

Life on Ben

Actor

2002

 The Living Room - Series One (Flight of the Conchords)

The Living Room - Series One (Flight of the Conchords)

Actor

2002

 The Strip

The Strip

Actor

2002 - 2003

 The Strip - Season One, Episode 12 (Choose)

The Strip - Season One, Episode 12 (Choose)

Actor

2002

 Snakeskin

Snakeskin

Actor

2001

 Scarfies

Scarfies

Actor

1999


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Awards

2014 Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (The Moas)
Best Self-Funded Film: What We Do in the Shadows

2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Director - Film: for Boy
Best Film: Boy
Screenplay - Film: for Boy
Supporting Actor: for Boy

2010 Sundance Film Festival (United States)
Nominated for Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Dramatic Section: for Boy

2010 Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival
Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix: for Boy
(Grand Prize in Generation section, devoted to "lively cinema aimed at young audiences")

2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Director - Film: for Eagle vs Shark
Nominated for Best Screenplay and Picture - Budget over $1 Million (with Cliff Curtis and Ainsley Gardiner): for Eagle vs Shark

2007 Sundance Film Festival

Nominated for Grand Jury Prize - World Cinema - Dramatic Section: for Eagle vs Shark

2005 Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival
Short Film - Special Jury of Panorama Section: for Tama Tu

2005 Academy Awards
Nominated for Best Live Action Short: for Two Cars, One Night

2004 Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival
Short Film - Panorama Section: for Two Cars, One Night

2003 New Zealand Film Awards
Short Film - Screenplay: for Two Cars, One Night
Nominated for Best Short Film: Two Cars, One Night