Robert Sarkies is a New Zealand based feature, television drama and TVC director. His feature debut was black comedy Scarfies (1999), an NZ cult hit that won Best Film and Best Director at the 2000 NZ Film and TV Awards and took over $1.2 million at the NZ box office. His follow up film, Out of the Blue (2006), was an acclaimed dramatisation of the Aramoana murders that also took $1.2 million at the NZ box office and won Best Film at the NZ Film and TV Awards. Robert’s third feature, black comedy Two Little Boys, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012 and was released in NZ and Australia by Hopscotch. Two Little Boys stars Hamish Blake in his first lead feature role and Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords.
Robert was lead director on the futuristic TVNZ prime time drama This Is Not My Life which won Best Television Drama at the 2010 NZ Film and TV Awards. Robert has also directed many iconic television commercials in New Zealand for Motion Pictures, Silverscreen and Capital City Films.
Most recently Robert directed the tele feature Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story for TV1 New Zealand. Based on a true story this harrowing tale of a young woman’s fight for justice was awarded the Best Television Feature at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards in 2014.