Gavin Williams is a Newcastle-based writer and film maker. He has been commissioned on multiple occasions across film/TV, theatre, multimedia, and prose by a wide range of production companies, broadcasters and publishers, including Yorkshire TV, Channel 5, Carlton TV, HTV West, Durham Gala Theatre, Penguin, Corgi/Transworld, and Ubisoft.
In 2009 he wrote and directed his first short film, the tense psychological drama, BREATH, which was funded by the UK Film Council and Northern Film and Media.
In 2010 Gavin wrote the Fall of Lucifer or HEAVEN’S GOT TALENT for Durham Gala Theatre’s cycle of modernised mystery plays (reviewed in The Journal).
In 2011 he won Northern Film and Media’s SHORTED prize and was commissioned to write and direct his SF short, SLEEPWORKING, with funding from NFM, Failbetter Games and Soda Pictures. SLEEPWORKING is currently screening at events across the globe. The film premièred as the opening short at the Trieste Science+Fiction International film festival, and was short-listed for a Méliès d’Argent award. SLEEPWORKING is an official selection for the SciFi London Film Festival 2013, as well as Screamfest LA 2013, SFF-Rated Athens International Film Festival 2013, the Festival Du Film Merveilleux 2013, and Balticon 47’s Sunday Night Short Film Festival.
In 2011 he wrote DRIVER: NEMESIS, an original tie-in novel for Random House and Ubisoft (writing as Alex Sharp) set in the universe of the best-selling DRIVER videogame franchise.
Gavin won a Northern Promise Award in the Northern Writers Awards 2011 which are sponsored by the Arts Council England, Sunderland University, and The Leighton Group.
He also worked on the Royal Television Society-winning educational Alternate Reality Game, TIME MACHINE.
Gavin is currently working on a psychological horror feature, FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, with Shudder films and director Johnny Kevorkian. The project received development funding from Northern Film and Media and Teeside University’s prestigious Digitalcity fellowship scheme (more about FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS).
Gavin tweets on @gavstatic