Circa Theatre is delighted to be hosting Anthony McCarten as we celebrate and remember such productions as Yellow Canary Mazurka, Via Satellite, Weed and F.I.L.T.H.
- Anthony was born and raised in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
- Worked as a reporter for a couple of years on The Taranaki Herald
- Has an Arts Degree at Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington
- Studied creative writing with Bill Manhire.
- In 2015, he was inducted as a Literary Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Authors.
- Double Academy Award nominated and double BAFTA winning screenwriter and film producer of the film The Theory Of Everything
- His play, Ladies Night has been translated into 12 languages. It remains New Zealand’s most commercially successful play of all time,
- In 2001, Ladies Night won France’s premiere theatre award for comedy, the Molière Prize.
- His first novel, Spinners was voted one of the top ten novels of that year by Esquire
- His third novel, Death Of A Superhero, won the 2008 Austrian Youth Literature Prize and was a finalist for the 2008 German Youth Literature Prize.
- The sequel novel to this story, In The Absence Of Heroes was published in 2012, and was a finalist for the 2013 New Zealand Fiction Prize and was long listed for the 2014 Dublin International IMPAC Literary Award.
- In 2013 he wrote Brilliance, the story of Thomas Edison and his friendship with the giant of the late nineteenth-century financial world, J.P.Morgan.
- In 2005, McCarten adapted his second novel, The English Harem, for the screen.
- His fourth novel Show Of Hands, was published in Europe and in the US in 2009.
- Nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the New Zealand Film Awards for Show of Hands.
- In 2011, his adaptation of his own novel Death Of A Superhero had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival,
- Death Of A Superhero won the 2011 Les Arcs European Film Festival Audience Choice Prize and Young Jury Prize, and the Audience Award and ‘Special Mention’ of the Jury at the Mamer-en-Mars European Film Festival.
- US premiere of Death Of A Superhero in 2012 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
- Via Satellite, which he adapted from his own stage play, and directed himself, was invited to several film festivals including London, Cannes, Toronto, Melbourne, Hawaii and Seattle.