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Susy Pointon was born in Wellington, New Zealand and studied fine arts at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland where she majored in film-making. In 1975 she won a Fellowship in Directing and Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and went on to become a screenwriter in residence at the Australian Film and TV School. Since then she has followed a parallel career in film-making and creative writing in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, winning numerous awards for her documentaries and stories. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Ohio University and a PhD in Film History from the University of Auckland. In 2004 she relocated to the Hokianga Harbour in New Zealand's sub tropical Far North where she writes, makes documentaries, teaches creative writing and sustains an organic farm she calls The Peaceable Kingdom.