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Leigh Whannell

Leigh Whannell grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where, at the age of four, he developed an obsession with telling stories. Whether it be through acting, writing or filmmaking, his primary love was getting a reaction from an audience. In 1995, at the age of 18, he was accepted into the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's prestigious Media ... See full bio »

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 2016 Keep Watching (completed)
Mysterious Guest
 2015 Lavalantula (TV Movie)
 2014 The Mule
Gavin Ellis
 2014 Cooties
 2013 Raze
Elevator Guard
 2013 The Pardon
Clement Moss
 2013/II Crush
 2013 Insidious: Spectral Sightings (TV Series short)
- Part 3 (2013) ... Specs
- Part 2 (2013) ... Specs
- Part 1 (2013) ... Specs
 2012 The Debt Collector (Short)
 2010/I Insidious
 2009/III The Last Supper (Short)
 2008 Doggie Heaven (Video short)
 2008 Dying Breed
 2006 Saw III
 2004 One Perfect Day
 2003 Razor Eaters
Nick D.
 2003 Enter the Matrix (Video Game)
Axel (voice, as Leigh Whannel)
 2003 The Matrix Reloaded
Axel (as Leigh Whannel)
 2003 Saw (Short)
 2003 The Referees (Short)
Footy Mate
 2000 Stygian
Clown / Punk Kid
 1999-2000 Blue Heelers (TV Series)
Jared Ryan
- Fair Go (2000) ... Jared Ryan
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I've been writing stories since I was a kid, and James and I had been talking about wanting to make a film for many years before this. Even though we wrote the film as a means to an end, so that James would have something to direct and I could have something to act in, it wasn't a slough for me to get through it because I love writing. It took me a long time only because I felt like it was all or... See more »


Met James Wan at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. See more »

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