Gavin Hood

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Gavin Hood (born 12 May 1963) is a South African filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and actor, best known for writing and directing the Academy Award-winning Foreign Language Film Tsotsi (2005). He is the director of the 20th Century Fox film Wolverine, released on 1 May 2009, and directed a film about the 1925 serum run to Nome of Alaska and Balto, the sled dog that became a celebrity because of the run: Kings of the Trail, released in 2012.

Early life and career

Hood was born in Johannesburg. He was educated at St. Stithians College (where he was elected Head Prefect in 1980) and the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied law, and at the film school of the University of California, Los Angeles, in the United States.

He first came to the South African public's attention when he starred in the SABC TV production The Game, a drama series focusing on the game of rugby union.

Directing career

Hood got his start at directing when he was commissioned to make several short educational dramas for the South African Department of Health. He directed his first commercial short film, The Storekeeper, in 1998.

His first feature film, A Reasonable Man, followed in 1999. The film...
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