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Michael Spierig Michael Spierig i(A127491 works by)
Born: Established:
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
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Born in Germany, Michael moved to Australia with his family, including twin brother Peter, when he was four years old. First based in Sydney, the family then moved to Brisbane in the late 1980s. Both brothers completed Bachelor's degrees from the Queensland College of Art, Michael in graphic design and Peter in film and television.

After their early short films, many made in high school, won awards on the festival circuits, the brothers were hired by Dick Marks to direct television commercials. they continued to make short films, and in 2003 made their first feature, Undead. The success of Undead led to a second film, Daybreakers (2010), and a third film, Predestination (2014), based on a Robert Heinlein short story. Both Daybreakers and Predestination starred Ethan Hawke.

In 2017, the eighth instalment in the Saw horror franchise was released, directed by the Spierigs: the series had been started with three films by Australians Leigh Whannell and James Wan. Most recently, they have directed Winchester, starring Helen Mirren.

Brother of Peter Spierig, with whom he is often credited as 'The Spierig Brothers'.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Predestination 2013 single work film/TV crime thriller science fiction

'PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.'

Source: Screen Australia.

2014 shortlisted Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Original Screenplay
2014 shortlisted Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Film
2014 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Adapted Screenplay
2014 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Film
Daybreakers 2009 single work film/TV horror science fiction

'The year is 2019. A mysterious plague has swept over the earth, transforming the majority of the world's population into vampires. Humans are now an endangered, second-class species, forced into hiding as they are hunted and farmed for vampire consumption to the brink of extinction. It's all up to Edward Dalton, a vampire researcher who refuses to feed on human blood, to perfect a blood substitute that might sustain vampires and spare the few remaining humans.'

Source: (Sighted 24/09/2009).

2010 nominated Australian Film Institute Awards Best Original Screenplay
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