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James McTeigue (born 29 December 1967) is an Australian film director. He has been an assistant director on many films, including No Escape (1994), the Matrix trilogy (1999–2003) and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and made his directorial debut with the 2006 film V for Vendetta.
Early life 
Born on Sydney's North Shore, he grew up in Collaroy Plateau, a suburb on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. McTeigue attended Marist Brothers North Sydney then Cromer High School, in Cromer, a northern beach suburb of Sydney. He completed tertiary study in film at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Campus.
He first became involved in the film industry in the late 1980s, acting as production runner or production assistant in a number of small Australian films. In 1991 his role became assistant director, being the third assistant director in another Australian film, titled The Girl Who Came Late.
In 1994 he was the second assistant director in Country Life, a film adaptation based on Michael Blakemore's National Theatre production of Uncle Vanya, which had a much wider audience than his previous affairs. He also acted again as second assistant director in a small Australian television film.
It was however, later in the year of 1994 the McTeigue broke into mainstream Hollywood, being the second assistant director for No Escape, and the big budget Street Fighter. In 1996, McTeigue again assumed the role of second assistant director, with an American television film and a small Australian film being completed that year.
In 1997 he was the second assistant director for WWII film, Paradise Road, as well as The Well, that year he also became first assistant director for a television series, Big Sky. The following year he was the second assistant director for the American science-fiction film, Dark City as well as Australian film, The Sugar Factory.
It was the following year, 1999, that McTeigue really came to prominence. McTeigue was apparently going to act as second assistant director for The Matrix film, that is, until the first assistant director, a friend of McTeigue who told him about the project had to drop out, which saw The Wachowski Brothers make McTeigue first assistant. The film was released in 1999 and became a huge success.
The following year he acted as first assistant director on the massively popular Australian film, Looking for Alibrandi. He was also involved in The Monkey's Mask that year, again as first assistant director.
In 2000, McTeigue worked with George Lucas and became the first assistant director for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which was released in 2002. Following this, he was also the first assistant director for both Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
In 2006 McTeigue made his directorial debut, directing the Wachowski brothers' produced film, V for Vendetta. After spending so much time on The Matrix film series, the brothers gave the opportunity to McTeigue to direct, first showing him a copy of the Vendetta graphic novel during post-production of The Matrix Revolutions.
McTeigue is currently in talks to direct Osiris Release and is stated to direct the adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon in 2009. That same year, he expressed interest in directing a reboot of the Superman film series, though Warner Bros. ultimately gave the job of rebooting the Superman franchise to Zack Snyder.