Briar Grace-Smith

Writer [Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai]

Briar Grace-Smith, ONZM, has written for stage, page and screen. Her 1996 play Purapurawhetu was called "a new classic of New Zealand theatre" by The Listener (it was later filmed for TV's Atamira). After writing for Being Eve and Mataku, Grace-Smith created quirky TV movie Fish Skin Suit. In 2010 she won a NZ Scriptwriters Award for her debut feature The Strength of Water, and followed it by working on the scripts of Billy T James TV movie Billy, series Kaitangata Twitch and movie Fresh Meat. Grace-Smith was one of the creators of 2017 film Waru, and co-won the 2019 Sundance Institute's Merata Mita Fellowship.

I’m probably telling the same story again and again, and it’s something about the underdogs. They’re the characters that interest me. Briar Grace-Smith, interviewed in Turbine, October 2003