Rob is a highly regarded New Zealand filmmaker whose work spans feature film, television and commercials. He is a passionate storyteller who has worked  across multiple genres from comedy to true-life tragedy.  His film and television projects consistently win critical acclaim, sell internationally and draw large domestic audiences. Rob has several projects in development but is always on the lookout for quality scripts and directing opportunities in film or television.

About Rob

Rob's work includes the acclaimed feature 'Out of the Blue' about the Aramoana shootings, 'Consent' a powerful tele-feature based on Louise Nicholas fight for justice, buddy comedy 'Two Little Boys' starring Brett McKenzie and Hamish Blake and NZ cult classic 'Scarfies'. Rob has also directed series television including the ground-breaking sci-fi drama 'This Is Not My Life'.

Rob's films have all premiered at top international festivals including Sundance, Toronto and Berlin. His films have sold widely, won multiple awards and been stellar performers at the NZ box office.

Rob is also a sought-after commercials director. He has made iconic commercials for major clients in NZ and Australia. For commercials he is represented by Julie Elstone of Waitemata Films Ltd.

When not in production Rob is available for script consultancy, public speaking, and professional development for filmmakers. He is an inspiring speaker and teacher. Rob can be contacted via the contact form on this site.

For international features and television he is represented by Dayne Kelly at RGM Artists, Australia.

  • Reviews for Out of the Blue

    “The director confronts horror without wallowing in it, a strategy befitting a film that’s not about how people die, but how they live” – New York Times

    “Director Robert Sarkies’ devastating drama stands beside IN COLD BLOOD, BADLANDS and THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG as a transcendent true-crime classic” – USA TV Guide

    “It’s a beautiful piece of cinema and a powerful, refreshing reminder of the strength of the human spirit” – UK Empire

    “Brilliantly directed, thoroughly gripping thriller that is both deeply moving and genuinely terrifying – this is one of the best films of the year” – View London

    “An exceptional example of the power of cinema… Urban is excellent…A compelling, deeply moving true story” – UK FILM REVIEW

    Reviews for Out of the Blue
  • Reviews for Consent

    “A TV masterclass in how to approach a story of the most brutal realities with sensitivity” – Dominion Post

    “Sarkies’ Out of the Blue, on the Aramoana tragedy, is one of the very best films New Zealand has produced. Consent can stand alongside it” –  Dominion Weekender

    “Director Robert Sarkies impressed us again with Consent, his pitch perfect retelling of the Louise Nicholas story that should win all sorts of awards…” – NZ Herald

    “It’s very very good. Made with such a sensitive touch and a respect for the intelligence of the audience…. Nothing’s left to chance in this. The aesthetic is entirely at the service of the story that is being told. Very very well crafted and told” – Radio New Zealand National

    “It was a film that had to be made. It was a film that had to be watched. I suspect I’ll never be quite the same again having done so” – Stuff

    Reviews for Consent
  • Reviews for Two Little Boys

    “A very, very dark comedy. Absolutely filthy-minded, laugh-out-loud funny” – Radio NZ National

    “An Antipodean Apatow with wit, heart, and mullets. Flight of the Conchords McKenzie and Blake – whose Deano’s a very un-Hamish psychopath – make a fine team” – Empire Magazine Australia

    “This is no ordinary buddy movie. It is, actually, an anti buddy movie… the story maintains a kind of bizarre logic which somehow speaks New Zealand. The vowels may be flat, but the comedy has an edge.”  – ABC Radio National

    “…bold and clever, dark and scary, it had me either chuckling or pleasurably cringing in a guilty sort of way.”  – The Australian

    “I thought it was a wee gem of Kiwi film-making on the big screen – and judging by the chuckles around the cinema, I wasn’t alone in that sentiment” – Yahoo

    Reviews for Two Little Boys