Rupert Wyatt directed the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt was born near Exeter, UK, and educated at Winchester College Public School. He was the winner of the BBC Showreel 88 film competition with his first film, made at the age of 16. He studied film in Paris and this was followed by 5 years of writing and developing features in New York for companies Shooting Gallery, Miramax and Radical Media.
He wrote and directed the drama Subterrain (2001), the short Get the Picture (2004, starring Brian Cox) and prison thriller The Escapist (2008, also starring Brian Cox), which was nominated for eight international film awards and won two.