THE SPIERIG BROTHERS (Co-Writers/Co-Directors) are identical
twins Michael and Peter Spierig,
German-born Australian film directors, writers and producers who have shared
and awards for their collaborative work.
Their critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller Predestination, based on Robert A.
Heinlein's short story "All You
Zombies", was nominated for nine Australian Academy of Cinema and Television
Arts (AACTA) Awards,
including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for the brothers who wrote
and directed the film,
starring Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke. The film also won four AACTA Awards
Actress for Sarah Snook, who stars in WINCHESTER. The Spierig Brothers won the
Toronto After Dark
Film Festival Special Award for Best Sci-Fi Film and Best Screenplay for
Predestination, which also took
a second place Audience Award for Best Feature Film. And, they were the
recipients of the Australian
Writer's Guild John Hinde Award for Best Science Fiction Screenwriting and were
nominated by the
Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) for Best Director and Best Adapted
WINCHESTER is the second collaboration for The Brothers with so many of the
filmmakers who also
worked on Predestination, including Producer Tim McGahan, Executive Producer
Cinematographer Ben Nott, Costume Designer Wendy Cork and Editor Matt Villa. For
Designer Matthew Putland, WINCHESTER is the third time he has teamed with the
worked on Predestination and Undead.
Their 2003 feature debut, the low-budget zombie horror-comedy Undead financed
by pooling their life
savings, received the Fipresci Award by the International Federation of Film
Critics at the Melbourne
International Film Festival. The film was screened at 17 film festivals
including Edinburgh, Montreal,
Toronto, Sitges, Berlin, Amsterdam and Puchon and was sold to 41 countries. It
was released in the U.S.
and Canada by Lionsgate Films. The company developed a close relationship with
The Spierigs releasing
their second film Daybreakers, which opened in 2,500 theatres across the U.S.
That 2010 vampire thriller,
also starring Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, garnered an Australian Film
Institute (AFI) Visual
Effects Award for the brothers, shared with Rangi Sutton, James Rogers and Randy
Vellacott and, a
nomination for the Macquarie AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay. WINCHESTER
is The Spierig
Brothers' fourth collaboration with Lionsgate.
They co-directed Jigsaw, the eighth installment of the lucrative SAW
franchise, recently released by
Lionsgate. The franchise conceptualised by fellow Australian Directors James Wan
and Leigh Whannel
was an opportunity for the Brothers to visit the horror genre again. To date the
film has grossed over 100
million dollars worldwide in its theatrical release.
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