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Gareth Edwards (director)
British film director

Gareth Edwards (director)

Gareth Edwards (director)
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Intro British film director
Is Film director Screenwriter Film producer
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth Nuneaton
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Gareth James Edwards (born 1 June 1975) is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, production designer, and visual effects artist. He first gained widespread recognition for Monsters (2010), an independent film in which he served as writer, director, cinematographer, and visual effects artist. He subsequently directed the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, and the epic space opera film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), the first in the Star Wars Anthology series.

Early life

Edwards was born on 1 June 1975 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He is of Welsh parentage. He attended Higham Lane School. Since childhood, he wanted to direct his own films, stating that "Star Wars is definitely the reason that I wanted to become a filmmaker".

Edwards studied BA (Hons) Film & Video at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, formerly the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 1996. In 2012, he received an honorary Master of Arts from UCA.


Edwards got his start in visual effects; creating digital effects for prestigious shows such as Nova, Perfect Disaster and Heroes and Villains, the latter of which a series for which he made 250 visual effects which won international recognition. In 2008 he entered the Sci-Fi-London 48-hour film challenge, where a movie had to be created start-to-finish in just two days, within certain criteria. Edwards won the contest and went on to write and direct Monsters, his first feature. Edwards personally created the special effects for Monsters using off-the-shelf equipment. Besides the two main actors, the crew consisted of just five people.

The success of Monsters brought enough awareness in Hollywood to land Edwards a few major projects. After the film's release, he did interviews in Hollywood with several studios, including Legendary Pictures. In January 2011, Edwards landed his first major Hollywood feature, as the director of the 2014 Godzilla reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

Edwards directed Rogue One, the first Star Wars stand-alone film, written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, starring Felicity Jones, and released on 16 December 2016.

Three of his influences for filmmaking are George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.

In May 2016, Edwards exited Godzilla: King of Monsters in an amicable split with the studio to work on smaller scale projects.



Year Title Director Screenwriter Producer Other Notes
2005 End Day Yes Yes No Television film
2005 Hiroshima No No No Digital artist Television documentary
2007 In the Shadow of the Moon No No No Visual effects Documentary
2010 Monsters Yes Yes No Director of photography, Visual effects, Production designer
2014 Godzilla Yes No No
2015 Monsters: Dark Continent No No Yes Executive producer
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Yes No No Cameo (Rebel Soldier)

Television series

Year Show Director Other Notes
2002–2003 Nova No Animator 2 episodes
2003 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World No Visual effects 7 episodes
2005 Space Race No Digital effects artist and designer 2 episodes
2006 Perfect Disaster Yes Visual effects 2 episodes
2008 Heroes and Villains Yes Visual effects Episode: "Attila the Hun"

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