Film Industry Role: Director
Major Works: Omagh (2004) and Endgame (2009)
Major Awards and Nominations: BAFTA winner for Best Single Drama with Omagh (2005)
The director of Endgame (2009) actually had a late start in his filmmaking career - before becoming a director, Pete Travis was a social worker.
However, inspired by Alan Clarke and Costa-Cravas, he decided to take a post-graduate course in filmmaking. Soon after graduation he acquired the rights of Faith (a short story written by Nick Hornby) and presented his first short film at the London TV Festival (1997).
Later, he directed episodes of Cold Feet (1999) and the TV series Other People's Children (2000), as well as The Jury (2002) mini-series and the TV movie Henry VIII (2003).
Impressed with his work, Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips´ director, sent Travis a script that he co-wrote with Guy Hibbert – Omagh. The film premiered in 2004 at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Discovery Award. The film also won the 2005 BAFTA TV Award for “Best Single Drama”.
Vantage Point was his first major motion film, starring Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox. It was released in the USA, in 2008.
In January of 2009, Pete Travis´ Endgame, starring William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Mark Strong, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film dramatizes the last days of Apartheid in South Africa.
In 2012, Travis directed a film adaptation of the popular UK comic book series, Dredd. In Travis' feature film, Karl Urban takes on the role of Judge Dredd with Olivia Thirlby playing his young accomplice.
City of Tiny Lights is Pete Travis’ latest work. It´s a crime thriller film, written by Patrick Neate, based on his own novel of the same name. The film stars Riz Ahmed, James Floyd, Billie Piper, Cush Jumbo, and Roshan Seth.