Craig Gillespie is an Australian film director. He is best known for his breakout hit Lars and the Real Girl and the Oscar winning I, Tonya.

For Disney, he directed several films, including Fright Night, Million Dollar Arm, The Finest Hours, and the upcoming Cruella.

Early life

Born and raised in Syd­ney, Gille­spie moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to study il­lus­tra­tion, graphic de­sign and ad­ver­tis­ing at Man­hat­tan's School of Vi­sual Arts. Gille­spie stated he had grown up as an athe­ist.


Gille­spie di­rected sev­eral episodes, in­clud­ing the pilot, of the first sea­son of Steven Spielberg and Di­a­blo Cody's tele­vi­sion se­ries The United States of Tara. He was set to re-team with Lars and the Real Girl lead actor Ryan Gosling for Dal­las Buy­ers Club, a film telling the true story of Ron Woodroof, an elec­tri­cian given six months to live after he was di­ag­nosed with AIDS, but used a va­ri­ety of drugs which he smug­gled to other AIDS pa­tients to live for an­other six years. How­ever, the di­rect­ing job in­stead went to Jean-Marc Vallée and Matthew Mc­Conaughey as Ron Woodroof. In March 2010, it was an­nounced that Gille­spie would di­rect the Fright Night re­make, star­ring Colin Far­rell, Anton Yelchin and Toni Col­lette for the lead roles. Gille­spie and Sam Wor­thing­ton won the 2009 Aus­tralians in Film Break­through Award.

In 2011, he di­rected the music video for Kid Cudi's sin­gle, "No One Be­lieves Me". Gillsespie fi­nal­ized his con­tract to di­rect an adap­ta­tion of Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies on April 18, 2011 but he later left the film. In April 2014, it was an­nounced that Gille­spie would di­rect the film The Finest Hours about the Coast Guard who tries to save the crews of two oil tankers in 1952. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Josh Stewart, Graham McTavish and Kyle Gall­ner star in the film for Walt Disney Pictures. The sets for the film were made in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Gille­spie di­rected I, Tonya (2017), a bi­o­graph­i­cal film re­volv­ing around fig­ure skater Tonya Hard­ing, star­ring Mar­got Rob­bie, Se­bas­t­ian Stan and Al­li­son Jan­ney. Gille­spie has been an­nounced to di­rect the Gregg All­man's au­to­bi­og­ra­phy novel, My Cross to Bear into a fea­ture film. In De­cem­ber 2018, it was an­nounced that Gille­spie will be re­plac­ing Alex Tim­bers (due to the lat­ter's sched­ul­ing con­flicts) as di­rec­tor for Dis­ney's live-ac­tion spin-off of One Hundred and One Dalmatians; ti­tled as Cruella, with Emma Stone set to por­tray Cruella De Vil.


Year Title Director Executive


2011 Fright Night Yes No
2014 Million Dollar Arm Yes No
2016 The Finest Hours Yes No
2021 Cruella Yes No
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