Greg McLean (film director)

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Greg McLean is an Australian film director, producer and writer. He rose to fame in 2005 with his debut feature film, Wolf Creek, creating one of Australia's most memorable and horrific characters, Mick Taylor (played by John Jarratt). The long-awaited sequel to his first feature, Wolf Creek 2 was released February 2013. Mclean also wrote, directed and produced Rogue (2007) and was executive producer of Red Hill (2010) and Crawlspace (2012). He is also the co-author of two novels about the fictional character Mick Taylor; Wolf Creek: Origin (with Aaron Sterns) and Wolf Creek: Desolation Game (with Brett McBean) and the four-part comic book series Dark Axis: Secret Battles of WW2 and the graphic novel Sebastian Hawks – Creature Hunter. In 2016, his film, The Darkness, was released to theaters, and a Wolf Creek TV series was released on Australian streaming service Stan.

Greg McLean
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OccupationDirector, writer, actor, producer
Years active2001–present


According to the production notes for film Wolf Creek, "after training as a fine artist specializing in painting, McLean attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), completing a graduate diploma in directing."[1] In his early career he worked with theatre director Neil Armfield, and with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin at Opera Australia.

McLean's first short film, Plead, won a Gold award from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS). His short film ICQ screened at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, winning "Best Director of a Short Film". Under his production company GMF (Greg McLean Film), McLean produced television commercials and similar work.

McLean's first full-length film was the 2005 Australian independent horror film Wolf Creek. Reviews were mixed, but it achieved a cult following. In the United States, it received an NC-17 rating until being edited to obtain an R rating.

Mclean's next film Rogue, in 2007, was about a deadly salt-water crocodile attacking an international group of tourists in Australia's Northern Territory.[2] He was one of the candidates to direct Paranormal Activity 2.[3] McLean produced the Justin Dix thriller Crawlspace.[4]

In February 2013, McLean returned as co-writer (with Aaron Sterns), producer and director for Wolf Creek 2, the sequel to Wolf Creek. John Jarratt reprised his role as serial killer Mick Taylor, and co-starred with Ryan Corr.

McLean also joined The Legend of Ben Hall as an Executive Producer in February 2015.[5]

In 2016, McLean directed the poorly received horror film The Darkness. His next films are The Belko Experiment and then Jungle.



Year Title Director (Executive)
Writer Actor Notes
2001 ICQ Yes Yes Yes No Short film
2005 Wolf Creek Yes Yes Yes Yes Role: Old Man's Body and Police Officer
2007 Rogue Yes Yes Yes No
2008 Runt No Yes No No Short film
Also sound editor
2009 The Edge of Reality No Yes No No Short film
2010 Red Hill No Yes No No
2012 Crawlspace No Yes No No
2013 Wolf Creek 2 Yes Yes Yes No
2015 Tales of Halloween No No No Yes Role: Ray Bishop
2016 The Darkness Yes Yes Yes No
The Legend of Ben Hall No Yes No No
Down Under No Yes No No
The Belko Experiment Yes No No No
2017 Jungle Yes Yes No No


Year Title Director (Executive)
Writer Notes
2016-17 Wolf Creek Yes Yes Yes 3 episodes
2020 The Gloaming Yes No No 4 episodes[6]


  1. ^ "Wolf Creek production notes". Retrieved 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ Interview McLean at Really Scary
  3. ^ Steven Zeitchik. "Possible directors of 'Paranormal Activity 2': Several young genre maestros ... and Brian De Palma". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Steve Barton. "First Image Found in Justin Dix's Crawlspace". Dread Central.
  5. ^ "". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  6. ^ Pickard, Michael. "Doom and Gloam". Drama Quarterly. Retrieved 9 January 2020.

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