Taika Waititi (Te Whanau-a-Apanui) was born in Wellington in 1975. Waititi has been involved in the film industry for several years, initially as an actor, and is now focusing on developing his skills as a writer and director. He directed the short film Two Cars, One Night which was recently nominated for a 2005 Academy Award. He is also a comedian and is part of 'Humourbeasts' with Jemaine Clement, whose comic play The Untold Tales of Maui recently showed at Bats and Downstage in Wellington. In addition, Waititi is a painter and photographer.