Justin Hawkes

Director, Editor

Justin Hawkes knew from age 10 that he wanted to work in television. He was an avid collector of international TV guides, and at age 13, sent TV3 a new programming schedule. Hawkes began his career as a tape operator at TVNZ, before honing his directing skills at music channel M2. Hawkes has directed for Netflix travel show Dark Tourist, and edited a run of documentaries (e.g. Stan, Awa: Born This Way).

I'd been threatened with beheading in Turkey, surrounded by police in the US, but actually being detained by the local cops in Northern Cyprus felt a lot worse. Justin Hawkes, on memorable moments in his television career