John Fawcett

John Fawcett

Highest Rated: 100% Riding the Rails (1997)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Dark (2005)

Birthday: May 3, 1968

Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Director John Fawcett spearheaded a new wave of Canadian horror with cult werewolf flick "Ginger Snaps" (2000) before co-creating one of his homeland's most successful sci-fi exports, "Orphan Black "(Space, 2013-). Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1968 to strict Mormon parents, Fawcett first began making films on a Super 8 camera while at high school, going onto hone his craft at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Canadian Film Centre. Fawcett made his directorial debut with "Half Nelson" (1992), a short about a kid who thinks his father is a vampire, before moving into TV for a single episode of kids sci-fi comedy "Space Cases" (Nickelodeon, 1996-97) and then full-length features with "The Boys Club" (1997), a crime thriller in which Chris Penn's fugitive befriends a group of teenagers. His big breakthrough arrived in the shape of "Ginger Snaps" (2000), a coming-of-age lycanthropic tale about two death-obsessed sisters which briefly positioned Fawcett as the new David Cronenberg. Following work on "My Daughter's Secret Life" (2001), a TV movie about a high school student's gambling obsession, and several episodes of action-adventure "Xena: Warrior Princess" (Syndication, 1995-2001), crime drama "Da Vinci's Inquest" (CBC, 1998-2005), and romantic sitcom "Show Me Yours" (Showcase, 2004-05), Fawcett returned to the horror genre with "The Dark" (2005), a Welsh-based mythological story about a couple whose daughter is replaced by a long-dead girl. Fawcett then helmed a number of TV movies including parallel lives drama "Last Exit" (2006), countryside horror "Bon Voyage" (2006) and political thriller "The Quality of Life" (2008), and added LGBT groundbreaker "Queer as Folk" (Showcase, 2000-05), security agency drama "The Border" (CBC, 2008-2010) and police procedural "The Bridge" (CTV, 2010) to his increasingly prolific resume. Family drama "Heartland" (CTV, 2007-), supernatural hit "Lost Girl" (Showcase, 2010-15) and time travel comedy "Being Erica" (CBC, 2009-2011) were just some of the Canadian TV shows which occasionally benefitted from Fawcett's directorial flair, with cop drama "Rookie Blue" (ABC, 2010-15) and medical mystery "Saving Hope" (CTV, 2012-) both employing his talents for longer periods too. Fawcett then received the highest acclaim of his career with a show with he wrote, produced and directed, and developed alongside Graeme Manson, "Orphan Black" (Space, 2013-), an award-winning sci-fi drama which explores the complex issue of human cloning.

Highest rated movies

Riding the Rails




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quality of Life Director - 2008
No Score Yet 47% Last Exit Director - 2006
40% 31% The Dark Director - 2005
88% 66% Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed Producer - 2004
No Score Yet 62% My Daughter's Secret Life Director - 2001
89% 78% Ginger Snaps Director,
$27.1K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Power Play Director - 1999
No Score Yet 51% The Boys Club Director - 1997
100% 86% Riding the Rails Unknown (Character) - 1997


86% 67% Titans Director 2018
No Score Yet 81% Rookie Blue Director 2010-2012 2014
No Score Yet 83% Saving Hope Director 2013
93% 92% Orphan Black Director 2013
64% 71% Spartacus Director 2011 2013
66% 80% Lost Girl Director 2012
47% 75% The Secret Circle Director 2011-2012
No Score Yet 83% Flashpoint Director 2011
No Score Yet 37% Mutant X Director 2002
No Score Yet 75% Xena Director 1999-2001
No Score Yet 72% La Femme Nikita Director 1998