Michael Dowse (born April 19, 1973) is a Canadian director.
Life and career
Born in London, Ontario, to Irish parents, he was trained as a film editor. His first full-length movie, FUBAR was shot on a digital camera with a tiny budget, but was selected by the Sundance Film Festival and screened on the prestigious midnight slot, which had launched the revolutionary film The Blair Witch Project. Though it failed to get picked up by any major American theatrical distributors, FUBAR subsequently became a cult hit in Canada. Following the success of FUBAR, Dowse went on to direct the higher-budget British film It's All Gone Pete Tong, the story of a deaf DJ in Ibiza.
Dowse's next production, the 1980s retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight, started shooting in Phoenix, Arizona on the week beginning 19 February 2007, and was released to theaters on March 4, 2011.
Dowse directed The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver.
He has also directed Stuber, starring Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, and Iko Uwais. A film about an encounter between an Uber driver and an almost-blind cop.
He currently resides in Montreal with his wife and children.
Awards and nominations
|2003||FUBAR||Genie Awards||Best Achievement in Editing||Nominated|
|2004||It's All Gone Pete Tong||Toronto International Film Festival Awards||Best Canadian Film||Won|
|2005||Gen Art Film Festival Awards||Audience Award - Best Feature||Won|
|US Comedy Arts Festival Awards||Film Discovery Jury Award - Best Feature||Won|
|2006||Genie Awards||Best Achievement in Direction||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2010||FUBAR 2||Toronto International Film Festival Awards||People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness||Nominated|
|2011||SXSW Film Festival Awards||Audience Award - Spotlight Premiere||Nominated|
|2012||Goon||Directors Guild of Canada Awards||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|2012||Toronto Film Critics Association Awards||Rogers Best Canadian Film Award||Nominated|
|2012||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Director||Nominated|
|2014||The Grand Seduction||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|The F Word||Best Director||Nominated|
|2014||Directors Guild of Canada Awards||Best Direction in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|Best Feature Film||Nominated|
|Toronto Film Critics Association Awards||Rogers Best Canadian Film Award||Nominated|