Duncan Sarkies

Duncan Sarkies
Duncan Sarkies
Occupation Screenwriter, playwright, novelist
Nationality New Zealander

Duncan Sarkies is a New Zealand screenwriter, playwright, novelist, stand-up comic and short story writer.

Sarkies grew up in the South Island city of Dunedin and is the brother of Robert Sarkies a New Zealand film director who is also a scriptwriter. Sarkies is best known for writing Scarfies, a black comedy-thriller about university students in Dunedin, and New Zealand's sixth-highest-grossing film. He wrote New Fans, the tenth episode of the comedy series Flight of the Conchords.

Sarkies debut novel Two Little Boys was published in March 2008, and is being made into a film (also called Two Little Boys) during 2011.[1]



Sarkies was awarded the Sunday Star Times Bruce Mason Playwriting Award in 1994. In 1995, he won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Best New Zealand Play for his 1994 work Saving Grace. In 1998 he was awarded the Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary. His book of short stories Stray Thoughts and Nose Bleeds won the Montana New Zealand's Hubert Church NZSA Best First Book of Fiction Award in 2000.

Sarkies' works


  • The Ceramic Camel (1993)
  • Lovepuke (1993)*
  • Saving Grace (1994)
  • Snooze (1997)
  • Twelve (1997)
  • Blue Vein (1997)
  • Special (1997)
  • Bystander (1998)

*Published in Eleven Young Playwrights (1994)


  • Two Little Boys (2008)




  1. ^ Two Little Boys, Southland Institute of Technology.

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