Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks


Actor, assistant director and crew in Nelson, New Zealand

About Doug

Acting was my gateway into the industry, which led me to writing and directing. Growing up in New Zealand's rugged South Island teaches you self-reliance. The "can do" attitude of my people shaped me into a jack-of-all-trades filmmaker through necessity, yet the power that comes through working collaboratively is unbeatable.

Along with numerous short film projects, I have been involved in the production of three features in various roles: Light Between Oceans with Dreamworks, Reichenbach Falls with BBC Scotland, and Amanda Philip's Bowie, which premiered in 2017. I currently play an reoccurring character in New Zealand's hospital-based television drama Shortland Street.

Represented by Gail Cowan Management:

Phone: +64 9 360 2654

Address: 7a Scanlan Street Grey Lynn Auckland New Zealand

“Brooks’ acting had the subtlety and realism of screen acting, and in such an intimate space, this created a highly engaging experience.” NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL REVIEW

“Brooks broke my heart time and time again… his passion, his fury, his raw hacking sorrow.” ADELAIDE FRINGE REVIEW – Yaniblog

Name: Doug Brooks

Lives in: Nelson, New Zealand

Company: Brooklight

Occupation: Actor, Assistant Director, Crew, Filmmaker, Location Manager, Location Scout, Performance Coach, Screenwriter, Voice Artist, Director and Script Consultant


  • Auckland International Film Festival: Best Short (The Flame)

  • Top of the South Film Festival: Best Actor (The Flame)

  • Top of the South Film Festival: Best Director (The Flame)

  • Canon Eyecon Award: Best Tertiary Level Video Production (The Improvisor)

  • Big Mountain Short Film Festival: Best No Budget Short (Space Junk)

  • Movie Fest Wellington: Best Short Film (Space Junk)

  • Leith Film Festival Edinburgh: Second in the 24 hour film competition (One Cold Night)


  • Ascendance

    Ascendance (2017)
    Film (Short and Action) Actor A super-soldier is hired by a corporation to hunt down an unknown assailant, unearthing past misdeeds.

  • Father Between

    Father Between (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor Conor wrestles with the decision to do what is best for his family, daughter and dog.

  • Sons of 71

    Sons of 71 (2017)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor It is 1971 and the quiet winter streets of small-town New Zealand are a long way from the sweltering heat and chaos of the Vietnam War. A light parts the gloom as Mark arrives - to find the battle still raging in his brother's mind.

  • Belvedere Excelsior

    Belvedere Excelsior (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor Bravo Huggins works backstage at The Belvedere Excelsior, a small town theatre his parents used to run. Having practically grown up here, the theatre is in his blood. His late parents had aspirations for him to tread the boards but now all he seems to do is sweep them. On top of that he is bullied and pushed around by the theatre's egotistical main players, who are pre-occupied with putting on their next show. If this show doesn't do well, the theatre may have to close its doors so there's a lot riding on it. But Bravo loves this theatre with all his heart, it's all he has left of his parents. A young lady India volunteers a few hours a week at the theatre and tells Bravo she believes in him and he's going to make his parents proud. This instills newfound hope in him and together he and India attend all the rehearsals for 'Fool's Cap: A Writer's Dream'. When the main actors are not able to perform on opening night due to illness, Bravo and India step into the roles and bring the house... Written by Justin Eade

  • Late Equaliser

    Late Equaliser (2016)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Actor Billy Harper was a successful professional footballer in England, before retiring to run a pub in New Zealand. Proud father of three daughters, he long ago gave up hope of a son, when his wife Sarah accidentally falls pregnant. Meanwhile, Carlos Carlos, a young Argentinian football prodigy dies in a car crash and wakes up in the Celestial Recycling Centre to be told his only hope of ever playing football again is to be reborn as Billy and Sarah's new baby. Billy starts having very strange dreams that convince him the new baby will be not only a boy, but also be the world's greatest footballer. To Billy's horror, Sarah decides she wants a termination, so with the help of Carlos Carlos, he sets out to change his wife's mind. Written by Mic Dover

  • The Light Between Oceans

    The Light Between Oceans (2016)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Transportation department A war weary man takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an island for the solitude. He meets a beautiful young woman and they eventually marry. One day they see a small dingy with an infant and man inside floating in the ocean. They rush to rescue them only to find the man is dead. They struggle over the decision to report it and whether to keep the baby. It's only years later that they discover that the child still has a mother looking for her. Written by indialm

  • Express Takeout

    Express Takeout (2015)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor A highly fraught encounter between a cop and a drug dealer shortly before a police bust - a short film about choices and consequences.

  • The Flame

    The Flame (2015)
    Film (Short, Romance and Thriller) Actor On the Austro-Swiss border, Lotte Benseman works for the Gestapo. Her ability to make men talk is unparalleled as she seeks to expose who is smuggling Jewish families across the border. However when she comes face to face with an old flame, will she remain loyal to her country or will the brightness of the flame overcome her sense of duty. Written by Doug Brooks

  • Outer Darkness

    Outer Darkness (2014)
    Film (Short and Horror) Actor After the infection, the world plunged into a new age of darkness. The infected roam as mindless shells of their former selves. A small group of survivors hold fast. Strict rules keep the dark world beyond their doors. A world where kindness can kill and sometimes to kill is kindness. Written by Doug Brooks

  • Guardian Angels

    Guardian Angels (2014)
    Film (Short and Action) Actor Phillip makes a deal with an evil cult leader in exchange for Josiah and his daughter, Mandy. Forced to come unarmed and alone, Phillip is hoping his Guardian Angels are watching over him...

  • Cry Wolf

    Cry Wolf (2014)
    Film (Short and Horror) Actor A drunken group of friends encounter a strange, mythological wolf-like creature on their night out.

  • Labyrinth Rocks

    Labyrinth Rocks (2014)
    Film (Short, Adventure, Drama and Fantasy) Cinematographer A young girl must enter her fantasy world in order to save her older brother from a shadowy nemesis.

  • Bowie

    Film (Drama) Actor In Nelson, New Zealand, a young mother Lexi, struggles to raise her autistic daughter Bowie as she navigates her first year of high school.


  • University of Canterbury (Christchurch)

  • University of Canterbury (Christchurch)

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