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Róbert I. Douglas Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland
Birth NameRóbert Ingi Georgsson Douglas

Mini Bio (1)

Of Northern Irish-Icelandic descent, Douglas has spent a considerable part of his life in Northern Ireland, where he studied Media Studies for two years at The University of Ulster. Douglas was born in Iceland, in a small village Mosfellsbær just outside the capital Reykjavik. He would spend his summers with his grandparents in and around Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

When it comes to film, Douglas is for the most part self-taught. His mother is Icelandic and is a civil servant. and his Irish father is a geologist and teacher who has lived in Iceland for many years. As a young boy, his father would let him use his 8mm camera and later on, the family video camera, to make numerous short movies.

Douglas has been a regular prizewinner at the annual Reykjavik Short Film Festival, in all taking five prizes for four movies. In 1998, he received several awards for his twenty-minute short movie entitled Iceland is the Dream, which was to be the inspiration for his first feature film. The Icelandic dream went on to break all box office records in Iceland and was invited to various prestigious film festivals including Toronto, Edinburgh and Pusan. Robert Douglas has made three feature films and one documentary, his latest film Eleven Men Out was released in over 20 country's around the world including North America, France and Germany. It competed in the Panorama section of the 56th Berlin International Film Festival, the film was invited to over 100 film festivals including The Toronto International Film Festival and MoMA New Directors New Films in New York. Robert Douglas is considered one of Icelands most exciting young film directors.

Robert has been living in Beijing since 2007 preparing and working on numerous film projects. A feature film about the ex-pat community in Beijing will be released in 2013.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: filmdouglas

Trivia (2)

He worked at a video rentals store before shooting his first feature film. The video store, Videoheimar in Reykjavik, features in his debut film.
A big fan of Manchester United and football has been prominent in two of his feature films. For his debut film about a football fan, the main actor was allowed to choose which Icelandic team the character supported while the director chose which English team he followed, in this case Manchester United.

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