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WINCHESTER

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 prestigious nominations 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 including Best 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 Screenplay.

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 Michael Burton, Cinematographer Ben Nott, Costume Designer Wendy Cork and Editor Matt Villa. For Production Designer Matthew Putland, WINCHESTER is the third time he has teamed with the Spierigs, having 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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