John Fawcett (director)

John Fawcett (born March 5, 1968) is a Canadian director, writer, and producer of film and television. Alongside Graeme Manson, he co-created and is a director for the award-winning BBC America and Space sci-fi television series Orphan Black.

John Fawcett
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Fawcett in 2014
Born (1968-03-05) March 5, 1968 (age 53)
OccupationDirector, writer, producer
Known forOrphan Black, Ginger Snaps, The Dark


Fawcett began his career making commercials before moving on to direct music videos for bands including Cowboy Junkies, Lori Yates, and Jeff Healey. He then directed two award-winning short films Half Nelson in 1991 and Scratch Ticket in 1994. In 1996, he debuted his first feature film The Boys Club. The drama thriller was nominated for five Genie Awards, including Best Direction. Fawcett's other best-known films are the 2000 werewolf movie Ginger Snaps and the 2005 horror film The Dark.[1]

Alongside Graeme Manson, he co-created and is a director for the award-winning BBC America and Space sci-fi television series Orphan Black.[2][3] The two previously had collaborated on the 2001 film Lucky Girl.[4] The series was a success critically and commercially. It premiered on March 30, 2013, on Space in Canada and on BBC America in the United States.[5][6] On June 16, 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth and final 10-episode season,[7] which premiered on June 10, 2017.[8] The series won a Peabody Award in 2013,[9] and has won and been nominated for several Canadian Screen Awards.[10]

With Graeme Manson, he received the 2015 CFC Award for Creative Excellence from the Canadian Film Centre for his work on Orphan Black.[11]

Most of his other work has been for television; he has directed episodes of many series, including Xena: Warrior Princess, Da Vinci's Inquest, Queer as Folk, Blade: The Series, Being Erica, Lost Girl, and Titans.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "John Fawcett". Canadian Film Centre.
  2. ^ Christina Radish (2013-04-13). "Co-Creator John Fawcett Talks ORPHAN BLACK, Upcoming Storylines, Other Sets of Clones, Technical Challenges and the Bigger Plan for the Series".
  3. ^ Isaiah Sherman (2015-03-24). "6 Questions with Orphan Black creator John Fawcett". Sundance TV.
  4. ^ Berry, David (April 19, 2014). "Orphan Black's foster parents: How John Fawcett and Graeme Manson came to create a Canadian hit". National Post. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Orphan Black". Space. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "BBC America Orders Original Sci-Fi Adventure 'Orphan Black'" (Press release). BBC America. June 26, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  7. ^ Prudom, Laura (June 16, 2016). "'Orphan Black' Renewed for Fifth and Final Season". Variety. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Roots, Kimberly (February 7, 2017). "Orphan Black Final Season Premiere Date Set at BBC America". TVLine. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Orphan Black (BBC America)". Peabody Awards. April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Orphan Black". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "Graeme Manson and John Fawcett Presented with 2015 CFC Award for Creative Excellence". Retrieved 2021-05-06.

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