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CRAIG GILLESPIE (Director) is recognized for his sharp, offbeat comedy, intuitive eye for casting and uncanny
ability to inspire reality-based performances. Gillespie has received critical
acclaim for his signature work as a
feature film, commercial and television director.
Gillespie's foray into feature film directing came in 2007, with the critically acclaimed "Lars and the Real Girl,"
starring Oscar-nominated Ryan Gosling as a withdrawn young man whose romantic
relationship with a doll
brings a remote town together around him. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as an
"implausible feat of sustained
imagination," and by The Wall Street Journal as "an almost perfect movie with
flawless performances," the film
won numerous critics' awards and festival prizes. The film poignantly
captures Gillespie's unique ability to merge daily life with the absurd,
bizarre, and often awkward moments that make it interesting.
In 2011, Gillespie directed the remake of the 1985 cult comedy-horror classic
"Fright Night." The film, starring
Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell and about a suburban teenager who discovers his
next-door neighbor is a vampire,
received high praise from both critics and cult followers alike.
In addition to his feature film work, Gillespie is regarded for his strong
and singular body of commercial work, for
which he has received numerous accolades, including a DGA Award and an Emmy, as
well as awards from the
CLIOs, LIAA, D&AD, One Shows, Effies, Addys and the Cannes Lions International
Festival of Creativity.
Gillespie has also worked in television as producer and director of the highly
acclaimed Showtime series "United
States of Tara." Penned by Oscar-winning scribe Diablo Cody, the show stars
Toni Collette as a suburban
housewife struggling to find a balance between her dissociative identity
disorders and raising a dysfunctional
family. Gillespie directed the pilot episode that went on to earn Collette both
an Emmy and a Golden Globe
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Gillespie currently resides in Los
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