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      Gavin Hood

      Gavin Hood

      Highest Rated: 95% Eye in the Sky (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 38% X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

      Birthday: May 12, 1963

      Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

      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.

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      EYE IN THE SKY, FRONT FROM LEFT: GAVIN HOOD, LEMOGANG TSIPA, PHOEBE FOX, AARON PAUL, 2015. PH: KEITH BERNSTEIN/© BLEECKER STREET MEDIA EYE IN THE SKY, from left: director Gavin Hood, Helen Mirren, on set, 2015. ph: Keith Bernstein/© Bleecker Street Media EYE IN THE SKY, from left: Phoebe Fox, director Gavin Hood, Aaron Paul, on set, 2015. ph: Keith Bernstein/© Bleecker Street Media RENDITION, Peter Sarsgaard, director Gavin Hood, on set, 2007. ©New Line Cinema ENDER'S GAME, from left: director Gavin Hood, Harrison Ford, on set, 2013. ph: Richard Foreman/©Summit Entertainment TSOTSI, Director Gavin Hood, 2006, ©Miramax RENDITION, Jake Gyllenhaal, director Gavin Hood, on set, 2007. ©New Line Cinema

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      82% 89% Official Secrets Director,
      Screenwriter
      $2.0M 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Is Life Executive Producer - 2016
      95% 82% Eye in the Sky Director $18.7M 2015
      63% 65% Ender's Game Director,
      Screenwriter
      $61.7M 2013
      38% 58% X-Men Origins: Wolverine Director $179.9M 2009
      48% 62% Rendition Director $9.7M 2007
      82% 86% Tsotsi Director,
      Writer
      $2.9M 2005
      No Score Yet 44% King Solomon's Mines Bruce McNabb (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Reasonable Man Sean Raine (Character),
      Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      - 1999
      No Score Yet 17% Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target Sparks (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 21% Operation Delta Force II: Mayday Sparks (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 0% Human Time Bomb Mike (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 0% Night Siege Project: Shadowchaser 2 Tieg (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheltering Desert Willi (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 20% American Kickboxer 1 Ken (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 25% Curse III: Blood Sacrifice Robert (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 38% The Fairy King of Ar US Doctor (Character) - 1988

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 80% Breakout Kings Executive Producer 2011-2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Solomon's Mines Bruce McNabb (Character) 2004