Curtis Vowell

Actor, Director

Curtis Vowell began acting in short films while studying at drama school Toi Whakaari in Wellington. Vowell has worked as both an actor and assistant director. In 2014 he made his directing debut with movie Fantail, starring (and written by) his partner Sophie Henderson. The tale of a young petrol station worker who identifies as Māori was acclaimed as fresh, "funny and dark and sad" (The Listener). In 2019 the couple began filming their second feature: comedy Gone, Baby. Comedian Rose Matafeo stars as a tree surgeon rushing through her bucket list after falling pregnant.  

A fascinating and brave film anchored by Sophie Henderson’s Kidman-esque performance ... Curtis Vowell’s direction lends a refreshing lightness to a story that both embraces and critiques New Zealand culture, and what that term actually means. Sam Brooks reviewing Fantail on website Lumiere, August 2013