Gavin Scott biography

Gavin Scott

Novelist, Film director

1950 –


Who is Gavin Scott?

Gavin Scott is a novelist, broadcaster and writer of the Emmy-winning mini-series The Mists of Avalon, Small Soldiers, The Borrowers and Legend of Earthsea, spent ten years making films for British television before becoming a screenwriter, creating more than two hundred documentaries and short films for BBC and the commercial TV, including UK’s prestigious Channel 4. His first assignment in the United States was with George Lucas, developing and scripting The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His work ranges from family entertainment to comedy, science fiction and historical dramas.

Scott wrote Krakatoa, a Titanic-style movie for National Geographic Feature Films, and an eight hour adaptation of War and Peace for Lux Vida SPA, directed by Robert Dornhelm.

He created and executive produced a 22 part television series set in the nineteenth century about the origins of the creative ideas of Jules Verne, which was broadcast around the world.

In 2006, his children's film Treasure Island Kids: The Battle for Treasure Island, starring Randy Quaid, was released on DVD.

Born in Hull, Yorkshire, Gavin emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1961. At 17 he spent a year as a volunteer teacher in the jungles of Borneo, working with the children of head-hunters, after which he studied history and political science at Victoria University of Wellington, and journalism at the Wellington Polytechnic. He returned to Britain overland across Asia in 1973, traveling through Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Afghanistan and Iran, and worked for Shelter, the British housing charity, before joining the Times Educational Supplement, from which base he also wrote features for The Times.


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Kingston upon Hull
  • United Kingdom
  • Victoria University of Wellington

on July 23, 2013

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