GARY McKENDRY's short film Everything in This Country Must, with Joni
Sighvatsson as Executive Producer, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best
Live Action Short Film in 2005. Gary, who spent much of 2003 shooting the film
on location in Northern Ireland, clearly communicated his unique style of
storytelling. The success of Everything in This Country Must set the scene for
Gary to direct his first feature, KILLER ELITE.
Gary grew up in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. His experiences during the
Troubles, that turbulent period of Northern Irish history, informed his approach
to developing, writing and directing KILLER ELITE.
Gary graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London
with a degree in art and film. He began a successful career in advertising
working as a storyboard artist, before moving to Australia where he worked as an
art director. He later moved to New York City where he worked with ad agencies
Chiat/Day, Ogilvy & Mather and Margeotes Fertitta.
Eventually McKendry branched out on his own, founding the company Go Film and
directing award-winning commercials for clients such as IKEA, Porsche, Heineken,
NASDAQ, Budweiser and DeBeers.
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