Gavin Hood is a filmmaker and lawyer. He first came to prominence in the U.S. as the screenwriter and director of the acclaimed Academy Award winning South African film, Tsotsi. His other film credits include A Reasonable Man, Rendition, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game, and Eye in the Sky.
Gavin began his writing and directing career in South Africa in the early 90’s making educational dramas for the national Department of Health, which was just beginning to feel the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For his work in generating greater awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS through educational television, Gavin won an Artes Award (a South African Emmy). In 2000, Variety named him as one of their “Ten Director’s to Watch” and his work has received an Academy Award, been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Human Rights First presented him with the 2016 Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment in 2016 for Eye in the Sky, a film that generated considerable public discussion around the moral and ethical questions raised by the use of drones.
Gavin is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and studied screenwriting and directing at the University of California, Los Angeles.