Gareth Edwards

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Gareth Edwards
Gareth Edwards speaking at the 2023 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Collider: Directors on Directing"
Born June 1, 1975
Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
First work End Day (TV 2005)
Notable work Rogue One: A
Star Wars Story
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I think that films like 'Godzilla' are like the fantasy punishment for what we've done. The real punishment will happen if we keep going this route. Films like this remind us not to get too complacent - and that we should really try and fix some of these things that we've done before it's too late.

— Gareth Edwards

My generation didn't grow up with World War II or Vietnam or the JFK assassination. The images that are seared into our brains and are part of the nightmares are the things like the tsunamis and Katrina. Sci-fi and fantasy have always reflected the fear of the time.

— Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards is a British director best known for his 2010 independent film Monsters, Legendary Pictures' Godzilla (2014), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). The second of these was responsible for kicking off the ongoing Monsterverse franchise, for which Edwards' interpretation of Godzilla would reappear in one film by Michael Dougherty and two by Adam Wingard. A sequel to Monsters was also released shortly after Godzilla, entitled Monsters: Dark Continent, for which Edwards served as executive producer. He most recently directed the 2023 sci-fi thriller The Creator.


Edwards hails from Nuneaton, a small town in the middle of England, where, from the age of six, he was determined to become a film director. For his university graduation project, his was one of the first student films to combine live action with digital effects. Understanding the influence of computer graphics on the creative process of filmmaking, Edwards began a ten-year career as a visual effects artist working from his bedroom for BBC documentaries like Hiroshima, for which he won a BAFTA Award.

His visual effects skills led to directing the epic drama Heroes and Villains: Attila the Hun for the BBC, personally creating all 250 visual effects for the project. He then entered Sci-Fi London’s 48-hour film contest, answering the challenge of making a short film with no crew and just one actor in only two days. The result, Factory Farmed, won first prize.

Inspired by this guerilla approach to filmmaking, Edwards went on to make Monsters, a sci-fi thriller about an alien attack on Earth and its effect on a cynical American journalist, played by Scoot McNairy. With just a minimal crew, he served as writer, director, cinematographer and completed all the creature design and visual effect shots himself.

For Monsters, Edwards garnered a BAFTA Award nomination for Outstanding Debut for a British Director or Producer; won three British Independent Film Awards, including Best Director and Best Technical Achievement, for the film’s effects; an Evening Standard Film Award for Best Technical/Artistic Achievement, for the film’s cinematography, production design and VFX; the London Film Critics Circle honor as Breakthrough British Filmmaker; and the Austin Film Critics Award for Best First Film. The movie itself won the National Board of Review Award as Top Independent Film and the Saturn Award as Best International Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.

The success of Monsters drew the attention of Hollywood, leading to the opportunity to direct the epic rebirth of Godzilla.

On May 22, 2014, it was announced that Edwards would be directing Rogue One, the first Star Wars spin-off film, which was released in December 2016. It was later confirmed that he would also return to direct two sequels to Godzilla, but he later dropped out of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in May 2016 after filming wrapped on Rogue One, expressing a desire to shift his attention to smaller projects. He was replaced as the film's director by Michael Dougherty.


Selected filmography



Gareth Edwards's appearance on the web series VFX Artists React to Bad & Great CGi
Gareth Edwards and Godzilla Minus One director, Takashi Yamazaki
Conversation with the Monsterverse Directors interview

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