Biography

Gavin is a multi-award winning Northern Irish filmmaker based in London. In 2019 his surreal comedy 2:40 to London won Best Comedy and the Audience Choice Award at the Brighton Rocks Film Festival. It also won the Spotlight Award at the Elevation Indie Film Awards, Dublin, and in 2018 it won the Audience Choice Award at the Making Waves Film Festival - Best Short at the Munich International Film Festival and the Brazil International Film Festival, plus the Special Jury Award at the Canada Independent Film Festival. In 2017 he won Best Director and Best Short at the Portugal International Film Festival for the film and garnered a further 3 nominations - Best Comedy, Best Score and Best Short - at various other festivals. He received the Rising Star Award for his debut music video and the Best Short Screenplay Award at the Portugal International Film Festival also in 2019. Before being educated at the International Film School, Wales, where he was mentored by Ken Russell and Peter Greenaway, Gavin was a musician, photographer and artist. He has shared the stage with Muse and other celebrated acts and gone on to compose the music for several of his films. In 2013 he was the recipient of the prestigious Northern Ireland Writers Development Award from NI Screen for his debut comedy feature screenplay, Spinners. He's been nominated twice for Europe's largest short film prize, the D.M.Davies Award at the Cardiff Film Festival, received two IFSW Ken Russell Best Screenplay Awards, a commendation for Best Film from The Royal Television Society, Bristol and Wales, and collected the Visual Impact Award and a commendation for Best Sound at the Ffresh Film Festival. He re-released his award winning graduation film Sebastian in 2017, after it screened in a double bill with the rock opera, Tommy, directed by one of Gavin's cinematic heroes Ken Russell. At the 2004 IFSW awards, Ken described Sebastian as 'the best film since The Devils'. Sebastian is now playing at various European film festivals and has won the Spotlight Award at the Elevation Indie Film Festival, Dublin, received a Best National Film nomination and was part of the Belfast Comedy Festival. Gavin has just completed The Real Mario Grey, a tragicomedy short that he was commissioned to write, direct and compose the music for by BBC Wales, Sgrin and the UK Film Council. Currently, he is adapting Sebastian into a feature screenplay besides developing a number of television and film projects.

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