Duncan SarkiesScreenwriter | Playwright | Author

The multi-talented Duncan Sarkies is a screenwriter, playwright, and novelist. In New Zealand he is best known for writing the hit black comedy Scarfies. He also wrote two episodes for the HBO TV series Flight of the Conchords: ‘New Fans’ and ‘The Cup’. He has written an episode of the series adaptation of What We Do In The Shadows for FX. In Australia, Duncan has storylined and written for the ABC2 comedy series Maximum Choppage, and script edited for the ABC2 comedy series Soul Mates.

Duncan has written two novels. His debut novel Two Little Boys was published in 2008 to rave reviews, and was brought to life as a major motion picture directed by Robert Sarkies in 2012, starring Hamish Blake and Bret McKenzie. His second novel, The Demolition of The Century, was released in 2013 through John Murray Publishers.

Duncan has written and directed The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium, an epic radio series for Howl, in collaboration with comedian Jemaine Clement and musician Lawrence Arabia. It received rave reviews from The Guardian, The LA Times, The New Zealand Herald and The AV Club. For a full CV please contact

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A funny and thoughtful tale of one man’s quest to find his son.

Tom Spotswood (a.k.a. William McGinty) is an insurance investigator who has lost his socks, his suitcase, his career, his ex-wife, and most importantly, his son, Frank.

He is being followed by Robert Valentine, the mysterious owner of the horse with no sperm; Alastair Shook and his van of teenage guards; and Spud, a demolition man who is using his wrecking ball to bring down the most beautiful movie theatre in town, the Century.

To find his son he will have to come to terms with his past – a past he ran away from. But first he will have to find those socks…

Duncan Sarkies, a short-story-writer, novelist and scriptwriter for TV shows like Flight of the Conchords, writes fiction that will appeal to fans of kooky, quirky humour.

Published by Hachette [To purchase, go to Publisher]

This book has got a lot of good bits.

It’s got penguins and toasted sandwiches and spotting knives.

It’s got a dead cat and an incredible climax.

It’s got a really little dolphin.

It’s got sea lions.

It’s got God.

It’s got a really cool lighthouse.

When Nige runs over a Norwegian backpacker while attempting to save petrol, his life really turns to shit. He throws the body in a nearby road works and runs to his best mate of fifteen years, Deano. The trouble is, Deano’s not really the guy you should turn to in a crisis.

Published by Hachette [To purchase, go to Publisher]

A tragic tale of an unremarkable man with an all-too-human weakness

It all starts with an innocent cheddar cheese roll, and for a while there Zack seems to have his consumption under control. But when he starts sneaking into the back rooms of parties to get his Camembert fix, spending unhealthy amounts of time at fondues and closing down vital laxative bodily functions, it is clear (to everyone around him, at least) that things have gone desperately wrong…

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