Michael Te Arawa Bennett (of the Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Whakaue people) has written and directed many hours of prime-time television drama, children’s drama, and comedy in his native New Zealand. He co-created and co-devised the international award-winning children’s drama Kaitangata Twitch, and was head writer or episode writer on prime-time drama series including New Zealand’s most popular home-grown series ever, Outrageous Fortune, and Mataku (the Māori Twilight Zone). In 2013 Michael devised and wrote all 20 episodes of the comedy/musical/drama web-series The Factory.
Michael’s telemovie In Dark Places, based on his book by the same name, screened on TVNZ in July 2018 and was nominated for 11 awards at the 2019 NZ TV Awards, winning Best Feature Drama and earning Michael the award for Best Director for Drama. The film recounts the true story of the worst miscarriage of justice in New Zealand that saw Teina Pora spend 21 years in gaol for a crime he did not commit.
Michael is currently working on a true crime feature about one of the most notorious murders in UK criminal history. He is also developing a high concept procedural, an adaptation of an original graphic novel The Ballad of Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas, a wartime screenplay about a Māori soldier in the Korean war, and three Chinese co-productions. For a full CV please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.