Gareth Evans (director)

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Gareth Evans
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Born Gareth Huw Evans
1980 (age 33–34)[1]
Hirwaun, Wales[1]
Residence Jakarta, Indonesia[2]
Nationality British
Education MA, Scriptwriting[3]
Alma mater University of Glamorgan[3][4]
Occupation Director
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Rangga Maya Barack[5][6]
Children Sophie Evans[1]

Gareth Huw Evans is a Welsh film director from Hirwaun, but who is now based in Indonesia. He is best known for bringing the Indonesian martial art, pencak silat, into world cinema, in his films: Merantau, The Raid (which was featured in the Sundance Festival in 2012), and The Raid 2.[7]

Evans graduated from University of Glamorgan with a MA in Scriptwriting for Film and Television, and had made his living helping people learn Welsh over the Internet.[8] After directing a small-budget film called Footsteps, Evans was hired as a freelance director for a documentary about pencak silat.[7][8] He became fascinated with silat, and also discovered Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais, who was working as a deliveryman for a phone company.[8] Evans cast Uwais as the star in the movie Merantau which was released in 2009 and was a cult hit.[8] Evans planned to produce a larger action film, but scaled the production budget down, and created an action film called Serbuan Maut or The Raid.[9]


In November 2011, The Raid: Redemption, which was written and directed by Evans, won the Midnight Madness Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.[10]


Year Title Notes
2003 Samurai Monogatari Short film
2006 Footsteps
2009 Merantau
2011 The Raid
2013 V/H/S/2 Segment: Safe Haven
2014 Killers executive producer
2014 The Raid 2: Berandal
2015 The Night Comes For Us co-writer & producer


  1. ^ a b c Hughes, Brendan (2012-05-24). "Gareth comes home for his film premiere". 
  2. ^ "Director, Star of 'The Raid' Discuss the Movie". Jakarta Globe. 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ a b "‘The Raid’ directed by Glamorgan graduate Gareth Evans released today". University of Glamorgan. 2012-05-18. 
  4. ^ Ludkin, Gareth (May 2012). "profile - Gareth Evans". Buzz: 22. 
  5. ^ Koehler, Robert (2012-01-06). "Evans: 'Raid' director discovers action inspiration abroad". Variety. 
  6. ^ Sungkar, Aulia R. "Q&A fist of success". Jakarta Java Kini Magazine (in English). Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  7. ^ a b Brown, Todd (2009-02-04). "Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais talk MERANTAU". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  8. ^ a b c d Wrenn, Eddie (24 February 2012). "From the valleys of Wales to the hills of Hollywood: Fledgling director Gareth Evans' meteoric rise to fame as critics praise The Raid". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  9. ^ Gareth Evans – The Raid Interview at TIFF 2011. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  10. ^ "Sony Pictures Classics Releasing The Raid". November 29, 2011. 

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