Garth Davis

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Garth Davis
Born1974 (age 49–50)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
OccupationFilm director
Years active2000–present
PartnerNicola Lester

Garth Davis (born 1974) is an Australian television, advertising and film director, best known for directing the film Lion (2016), and the film Mary Magdalene, written by Helen Edmundson.[1] He earlier directed episodes of the series Top of the Lake (2013).


Garth Davis was born in 1974.[2]

Davis directed several episodes of the series Top of the Lake (2013).[3]

In October 2013, Warner Bros. Pictures hired Davis to direct a film adaptation of Shantaram, but that did not come to fruition;[4] instead, it was later made into a television adaptation for Apple TV+.[5]

He directed The Weinstein Company film Lion, in his feature film directorial debut, which premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016.[6][7]

In January 2016, Davis was hired to direct a biopic about Mary Magdalene, titled Mary Magdalene, written by Helen Edmundson.[8] The film had its world premiere at the National Portrait Gallery in London in February 2018.[9]

In 2019, Davis teamed up with See-Saw Films joint directors Emile Sherman and Iain Canning in a new production company called I AM THAT, with Samantha Lang as head of development.[10]

In August 2020, it was announced that Davis would direct an sequel to Tron: Legacy, titled Tron: Ares for Walt Disney Pictures.[11] In January 2023, it was announced that Joachim Rønning would instead direct the film.[12]

In April 2022, Screen Australia announced funding for Immersion, a science fiction drama TV series to be directed by Davis, written by Matt Vesely (Aftertaste) and executive produced by Emile Sherman (The King's Speech) and director/producer Samantha Lang.[13]


Personal life[edit]

Davis lives in Australia with his three children and partner Nicola Lester.[14]


Year Title Director Writer Producer
2016 Lion Yes No No
2018 Mary Magdalene Yes No No
2023 Foe Yes Yes Yes

Short film

Year Title Notes
2000 P.I.N.S. Documentary short;
Also cinematographer
2003 Alice

Year Title Notes
2006 Love My Way 3 episodes
2013 Top of the Lake 8 episodes


  1. ^ "Tahar Rahim in Talks to Play Judas Iscariot in 'Mary Magdalene'". 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ Salvans, Por Roger (20 February 2018). "I greet you, Mary Magdalene". Fotogramas (in European Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Garth Davis". Academy Films. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (9 October 2013). "Warner Bros Taps Aussie Garth Davis To Helm Joel Edgerton In 'Shantaram'". Deadline. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  5. ^ "'Shantaram' Lands at Apple as First International Production". The Hollywood Reporter. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  6. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (24 April 2013). "Garth Davis to direct See-Saw's Saroo Brierley biopic". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Garth Davis - Director". Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  8. ^ Jaafar, Ali (20 January 2016). "Universal Boards Mary Magdalene Movie From 'The King's Speech' Producers See-Saw Films; Garth Davis Directing". Deadline. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Mary Magdalene (Special Screening)". What's on the Red Carpet. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Garth Davis Joins Forces with See-Saw Films to Launch Production Company 'I AM THAT'". FilmInk. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (10 August 2020). "'Lion' Director Garth Davis To Direct Disney's New 'Tron' Movie With Jared Leto". Deadline. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  12. ^ "'Tron' Sequel Taps Jared Leto to Star, Joachim Rønning to Direct". Collider. 19 January 2023. Retrieved 2 July 2023.
  13. ^ "Screen Australia announces over $1 million to develop 31 projects". Screen Australia. 13 April 2022. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  14. ^ Dow, Steve (7 April 2018). "Director Garth Davis finds religion". The Saturday Paper. No. 199. Retrieved 27 August 2021.

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