Briar Grace-Smith

Briar Grace-Smith is an award-winning writer of plays, television scripts and short stories. Her television drama Fishskin Suit won best drama at the 2002 NZ Television Awards and Charlie The Dreaded was one of six Maori language love stories in the television series, Aroha. She also wrote a short film Lilly and Ra, and feature The Strength of Water, both directed by Armagan Ballantyne in 2008.

Briar's play Nga Pou Wahine won the 1995 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award, and Purapurawhetu won Best New Zealand Play at the 1997 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. In 2000 Briar received the Arts Foundation Laureate award. She was a finalist for the 2002 Prize in Modern Letters. In 2003 she was the writer in residence at Victoria University, Wellington. Briar completed her MA in ‘writing for page' in 2008 and is currently finishing her first novel.

Briar Grace-Smith is of Nga Puhi and Ngati Wai iwi descent.

Briar will be attending both the Auckland and Wellington screenings for The Strength of Water along with director Armagan Ballantyne.

Films we have screened by this Director