Gareth Edwards (director)

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Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Edwards in 2013.
Born 1975 (age 38–39)
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Director
Years active 2007-present

Gareth Edwards (born 1975) is a British film director of Welsh parentage. [1] He is best known for directing the 2014 version of Godzilla but he first gained widespread recognition for Monsters, an independent film for which he acted as writer, director, cinematographer, and visual effects artist.[2][3]


He was born in 1975 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Since childhood he wanted to work in cinema to direct his own films, stating that "Star Wars is definitely the reason that I wanted to become a filmmaker".[4]

Gareth studied BA Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), formerly the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 1996. In 2012 Gareth received a Master of Arts honorary degree from UCA.[5]

He cut his teeth in the world of special effects; creating digital effects for prestigious shows such as Heroes and Villains (2008), a series for which he made 250 visual effects which won international recognition.[citation needed] In 2008 he entered Sci-Fi-London, a 48 hour film challenge, where a movie had to be created start-to-finish in just two days, within certain criteria. Edwards won the contest and went on to write and direct Monsters, his first feature. Edwards personally created the special effects for Monsters using off the shelf equipment. Besides the two main actors, the crew consisted of just five people.[6]

The success of Monsters brought enough awareness in Hollywood to land Edwards a few major projects. After the film's release, he did interviews in Hollywood with several studios, including Legendary Pictures.[7] In January 2011, Edwards landed his first major Hollywood feature, as the director of the 2014 Godzilla reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.[8]

In May 2014, it was announced that he would work on the first Star Wars stand-alone film with writer Gary Whitta, due to be released on 16 December 2016 and will direct two more Godzilla films as a trilogy.[9][10]

Three of his influences for film-making are George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.[11]



Year Film Director Writer Executive producer Other Notes
2008 Factory Farmed Yes Yes Cinematography, Editing Short film
2010 Monsters Yes Yes Director of photography, Visual effects, Production designer First feature film
2014 Godzilla Yes
Monsters: Dark Continent Yes
2016 Untitled Star Wars stand-alone film Yes


Year Show Director Other Notes
2008 Heroes and Villains Yes Visual effects Episode: "Attila the Hun"



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