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GAVIN HOOD (Director, Screenwriter) is best known for the Academy Award winning South African film, Tsotsi. His parents met while working in the theater, and Gavin's early work in the entertainment industry was as a theater and television actor. Encouraged by his parents to have "something to fall back on," Gavin graduated with degrees in Economics and Law from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before moving to Los Angeles to study screenwriting and directing at UCLA. After making his first low budget feature, A Reasonable Man, Gavin was named by Variety as one of their "Ten Director's to Watch" in 2000. His next feature film, In Desert and Wilderness, based on the epic novel by Nobel Prize winner, Henryk Sienkiewicz, won Best of the Fest at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival in 2002. In 2005, Gavin wrote and directed the Academy Award winning film Tsotsi based on a novel by the internationally acclaimed playwright, Athol Fugard. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award, and won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Tsotsi was followed by Rendition, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep, and by X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman.


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