Identical twin-brothers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, known professionally as the Spierig Brothers, are German-born Australian film directors, producers and writers.
Peter and Michael created their first film, UNDEAD (2003), a low-budget zombie horror-comedy, after pooling together their life savings. UNDEAD screened at 17 film festivals, including Edinburgh, Montreal, Toronto, Sitges, Berlin, Amsterdam and Puchon. At the Melbourne International Film Festival, the International Federation of Film Critics awarded UNDEAD the prestigious Fipresci Award. The film was sold to 41 countries, and was released in the US and Canada by Lions Gate Entertainment, who developed a close relationship with Peter and Michael, and backed their second production DAYBREAKERS
The Spierig’s second feature film, the vampire thriller DAYBREAKERS (2010,) starred two-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, Vince Colosimo, Michael Dorman, and Isabel Lucas. The film was released in the United States on 2,500 screens, and has gone on to gross more than $65 million worldwide.
The Spierig brother’s third film is the action sci-fi thriller PREDESTINATION (2015) based on the science fiction short story ‘”All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, and Noah Taylor. PREDESTINATION was nominated for nine AACTA awards (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards) and won four, including Best Actress for Sarah Snook. The brothers also won the prestigious John Hinde Award for Best Science Fiction Screenwriting in 2014, and at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival won a Special Award for Best Sci-Fi Film and Best Screenplay.
The Spierig Brothers are currently working on the Supernatural Thriller WINCHESTER, which tells the true story of Sarah Winchester, the millionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune who is convinced that she, and her family, are haunted by the souls killed by the infamous rifle.