Ahi Kā (2014) was Richards debut as a drama Writer/Director and has over 25 years experience in the film and television industry.
He began his career as a Camera Assistant moving onto becoming a well respected Camera/DOP. He holds a Bachelor of Communications Degree from AUT and was a finalist in the 2007 New Zealand Television Awards for Camera Operation.
Together with his brother Piripi Curtis they produced New Zealand's first Hunting Television Show in 2006, which was the highest rating show on New Zealand's indigenous channel Māori Television for 9 seasons. The show now screens on Choice TV and is broadcast on NITV Australia's own indigenous channel.
Richard has be focused on film over the past five years, supporting other indigenous filmmakers as a DOP/Camera operator as well as honing his own writing and directing skills.
Richard has a feature film script in development and is working with fellow Steambox member Tim Worrall on a multi story feature film collaboration with 4 teams from New Zealand and 4 teams from Australia, with Screen Australia and the New Zealand Commission.