The Spierig Brothers

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Identical twin brothers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, known together professionally as the Spierig Brothers, are German-born Australian film Directors, Producers and Writers. 

Peter and Michael created their first film, UNDEAD, a low-budget zombie horror-comedy, after pooling together their life savings. UNDEAD screened at 17 film festivals, including Edinburgh, Toronto, Sitges, and Berlin. At the Melbourne International Film Festival, the International Federation of Film Critics awarded UNDEAD the prestigious Fipresci Award. The film was sold to 41 countries, and was released theatrically in the US and Canada by Lions Gate Entertainment, who developed a close relationship with Peter and Michael, and backed their second production DAYBREAKERS.

The Spierig’s second feature film, the vampire thriller DAYBREAKERS, starred three-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, Vince Colosimo, Michael Dorman and Isabel Lucas. The film was released in the United States on 2,500 screens, and has gone on to gross more than a hundred million dollars worldwide.

The Spierig Brother’s third film was the sci-fi love story PREDESTINATION, based on the classic sci-fi short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein. The film starred Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor. PREDESTINATION was nominated for nine AACTA awards (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards) and won four, including Best Actress for Sarah Snook. The brothers also won the prestigious John Hinde Award for Best Science Fiction Screenwriting. PREDESTINATION continually ranks on many lists as one of the greatest science fiction films ever made.

The Spierig Brothers were excited to take on the eighth installment of the SAW franchise with Lions Gate Entertainment’s JIGSAW and relished the opportunity to return to their horror origins, building upon the franchise originally conceptualised by friends James Wan and Leigh Whannell. JIGSAW grossed over a hundred and fifty million dollars worldwide, proving to be as successful as the original installment.

The Spierig Brothers next project was the supernatural thriller WINCHESTER which tells the true story of Sarah Winchester, the millionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune. The film starred Dame Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, and, re-teamed the brothers with friend Sarah Snook. WINCHESTER grossed over seventy million worldwide and continued the Spierig Brothers’ consistent streak of creating popular and successful films.