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 was a co-founder of Picture Farm, a London & New York based film collective which has produced numerous shorts, documentaries and features, including the Sundance Award-winning documentary Dark Days (2000). Between 2000 and 2005 Wyatt worked in London and Liverpool directing episodic television and developing his own scripts. 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. In March 2010 he was selected to direct the new Planet of the Apes film, in succession to Scott Frank.