Gareth Evans (director)
|Born||1980 (age 33–34)
Hirwaun, Cynon Valley, Wales
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, film editor, action choreographer|
Gareth Huw Evans (born 1980) is a Welsh film director, screenwriter, film editor, and action choreographer. He is best known for bringing the Indonesian martial art pencak silat into world cinema through his films Merantau, The Raid, and The Raid 2.
Evans was born and raised in Hirwaun, Cynon Valley. He graduated from the University of Glamorgan with an MA in screenwriting, and made his living by helping people learn Welsh over the Internet.
After directing a small-budget film called Footsteps, Evans was hired as a freelance director for a documentary about the Indonesian martial art pencak silat. He became fascinated with it, and discovered Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais, who was working as a deliveryman for a phone company. Evans cast Uwais in his 2009 film Merantau, which became a cult hit. He planned to produce a larger action film, but scaled the production budget down and created an action film called The Raid: Redemption (2011). After the success of The Raid, the larger action film eventually became the basis for its sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal (2014).
|2003||Samurai Monogatari||Short film|
|2011||The Raid: Redemption|
|2013||V/H/S/2||Segment: Safe Haven|
|2014||The Raid 2: Berandal|
|TBA||The Raid 3|
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