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Los Angeles, April 8, 2009 – Film students interview Gavin Hood, director of the 20th Century Fox film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, on Life After Film School, Fox Movie Channel’s original series/talk show. On Life After Film School three aspiring student filmmakers interview successful directors, producers, writers and actors about the realities of the business of production and filmmaking.


The Gavin Hood episode premieres on Fox Movie Channel Sunday, April 26 at 7:30pm ET (4:30pm PT). The episode will repeat throughout the month.


Gavin Hood speaks about leaving South Africa to study screenwriting and directing at UCLA. After writing, producing and directing his short film The Storekeeper, he went on to write and direct the Oscar winning Best Foreign Language Film Tsotsi, followed up by Rendition starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep. Working with producers Hugh Jackman and Lauren Schuler Donner, Gavin directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, premiering May 1.


Chuck Saftler, General Manager of Fox Movie Channel, said “The network is pleased that Gavin mentored our film students. Viewers will learn how he approached the translation of Wolverine from the comic book to the screen bringing new emotional depth while remaining true to the source material.”


“Gavin reveals to the students his collaborative directorial style and how he knows when to accept, decline or fight for an idea.” commented Adam Lewinson, VP of Programming.


Recent episodes featured producer Lauren Schuler Donner (X-Men Origins), showrunner Brad Falchuk (Glee), Justin Chatwin (Dragonball Evolution), John Cena (12 Rounds), producer Ashok Amritraj (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), director David Frankel (Marley & Me), director Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still), creator/executive producer/writer Shawn Ryan (The Shield), and actor Rainn Wilson (The Rocker).


The students on Life After Film School are available for interviews. Please contact Thomas Ruffner at [email protected] or (310) 369-0917. Images from the episode  are downloadable at For additional information please visit


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