Gavin Hood was born on 12 May, 1963. He is a South African filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and actor, best known for writing and directing Tsotsi (2005), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He also directed the films X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game and Eye in the Sky.
Hood got his start directing when commissioned to make several short educational dramas for the South African Department of Health. His first commercial short film was The Storekeeper (1998).
Gavin co-produced and wrote the script for his first feature film, A Reasonable Man (1999), which portrays the accidental killing of a young child mistaken for a tokoloshe. He then directed the Polish language 2001 feature film In Desert and Wilderness (W pustyni i w puszczy) when the original director fell ill. This was followed by Tsotsi (2005). Tsotsi won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006. He was also nominated for the 2005 Non-European Film—Prix Screen International at the European Film Awards for his work on the film.
In 2000, Variety magazine named him as one of its “Ten Directors to Watch” and in 2007, he directed Rendition, his first Hollywood feature, for New Line Cinema. He also directed the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, with Hugh Jackman reprising his role from the X-Men films.
In 2011, Hood began work at the helm of novelist Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. He wrote a draft of Card’s screenplay and directed the film. Ender’s Game was released in U.S. theaters on 1 November 2013. Gavin directed and acted in Eye in the Sky released on September 15, 2015 at the TIFF in Toronto, Canada.