Gavin Hood

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Though it has been practically obligatory for South African filmmakers to make movies about corruption, disease or apartheid, writer-director Gavin Hood managed to steer clear of such expectations; instead turning his ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1963 in South Africa

Filmography

Actor (10)

Ender's Game 2013 (Movie)

Giant (Actor)

King Solomon's Mines 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Reasonable Man 1999 (Movie)

Sean Raine (Actor)

Operation Delta Force III: Clear Target 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Operation Delta Force II: Mayday 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Armed and Deadly 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Curse III: Blood Sacrifice 1990 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

King Solomon's Mines (Movie)

Bruce McNabb (Actor)

Traitor's Heart (TV Show)

Actor
Director (10)

Manhunt 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

Eye in the Sky 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Ender's Game 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Breakout Kings 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Rendition 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Tsotsi 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

In Desert and Wilderness 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

A Reasonable Man 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Storekeeper 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (4)

Ender's Game 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tsotsi 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Desert and Wilderness 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Reasonable Man 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

A Reasonable Man 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Though it has been practically obligatory for South African filmmakers to make movies about corruption, disease or apartheid, writer-director Gavin Hood managed to steer clear of such expectations; instead turning his sharp focus on character and genre to tell more universal stories. Despite his start as a supporting actor in cut-rate "Delta Force" rip-offs and middling martial arts flicks, Hood's true ambition was to direct. So after gaining a foothold as an actor, he shifted his attention behind the camera and helmed the Academy Award-winning drama, "Tsotsi" (2005). An unforgiving, but redemptive tale about a street thug who cares for a newborn after a carjacking, "Tsotsi" helped propel Hood's career, landing him in Los Angeles where he sought to expand his filmmaking resume. His career took off when he helmed the taut political thriller "Rendition" (2007) and the smash summer hit, "X-Men: Origins" (2009), which - despite mixed reviews - became one of the top-grossing movies of that year. In a short span of time, Hood established himself as a talented director capable of making both intense character-driven drama and big budget studio blockbusters.

Relationships

Nerissa Black Post-Production Supervisor

Wife
Wroked together on "In Desert and Wilderness" (2001) and "Tsotsi" (2005)

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

St. Stithians College

University of Witwatersrand

University of Witwatersrand

Milestones

2009

Directed Hugh Jackman in the title role of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"

2007

Helmed first Hollywood film, "Rendition" starring Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal

2005

Directed and penned the screenplay adaptation of Athol Fugard’s popular novel, "Tsotsi"

2001

Directed second film, "In Desert and Wilderness"

1999

Directed first feature film "A Reasonable Man" from his previous script; also played the lead role as the defense attorney

1998

Received first Academy Award nomination for directing the 22-minute short, "The Storekeeper"

1994

Had a supporting role in the HBO movie, "Armed and Deadly"

1993

Wrote the script for "A Reasonable Man"

1991

Had a small role in the straight to video, "Curse 3: Blood Sacrifice"

1989

First gained attention in the South African TV drama, "The Game"

Briefly practiced law before quiting to pursue acting

Moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting

Returned to South Africa after a failed attempt to get "A Reasonable Man" made into a film

Began writing and directing educational television dramas for the newly-formed Department of Health

Bonus Trivia

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In 2000, Variety magazine named him as one of its "Ten Directors to Watch."

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