Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks

Gail Cowan Management
Actor, Assistant Director, Screenwriter and Director

Nelson, New Zealand

Member Since:
September 2014
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About Doug

With over 40 short films under my belt since 2004 and four features including 'Light Between Oceans' (Dreamworks) and 'Reichenbach Falls' (BBC Scotland), I am a well-seasoned filmmaker and actor. I am co-founder of the Top of the South Filmmakers Network that brings filmmakers together from across the Top of the South Island and we are keen to link with filmmakers looking to use our unique locations and talent.

I'm in preproduction for a short film I wrote that was awarded funding from by the New Zealand Film Commission. I have been acting for over 25 years and since early 2017 I have worked with South Pacific Pictures playing a recurring 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


Unique traits: Red hair



  • 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 (Drama and Short) Director Conor wrestles with the decision to do what is best for his family, daughter and dog.

  • Sons of 71

    Sons of 71 (2017)
    Film (Drama and Short) Director 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 (Drama and Short) Director 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 (Romance, Thriller and Short) Director 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.


  • 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)


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