Since the early 1970s, Tom Scott has been writing commentary on the state of New Zealand politics. He illustrated his own column in the country’s largest circulation magazine, The New Zealand Listener. He has worked for the Auckland Star as a political correspondent and for the Evening Post as an editorial cartooninst. He has been awarded political columnist of the year twice, and cartoonist of the year five times. He has published six collections of his satirical writings and five collections of his cartoons.
He co-wrote the feature film Footrot Flats with Murray Ball, for which they received a New Zealand Film and Television Award for best script. He has written for successful local dramas and comedies such as Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby and Spin Doctors.
Scott also wrote, produced and directed the acclaimed documentaries Hilary on Everest for Channel 4 (UK) and Remembering Ed for TVNZ.
Scott’s first play The Daylight Athiest, played to full houses in New Zealand and Australia for over a year.