Julius Avery is an Australian screen writer and film director. After growing up in Pemberton, Western Australia, Avery attended The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. He has written and directed several award winning short films including Cannes jury prize winning short film Jerrycan in 2008. Avery wrote and produced Yardbird in 2012, an award winning short film nominated for several major awards including the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Both were produced through Avery’s production company Bridle Path Films.
In 2014, Avery wrote and directed his first feature, Australian crime thriller film Son of a Gun starring Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander, and Jacek Koman. The film was nomninated for Best Film at The London Film Festival, BFI awards. Son of a Gun was produced in association with Avery’s company Bridle Path Films.
Avery directed the 2018 war horror film Overlord for Bad Robot and Paramount. Overlord stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russel, Pilou Asabek, Ian De Caestecker, John Magaro and Mathilde Ollivier. The film was written by Billy Ray and Mark L. smith and produced by JJ Abrams and Lindsay Weber.
Along with being announced as the director of The Heavy, a Paramount and Bad Robot production, Avery has been recruited by 20th Century Fox to write and direct a remake of Flash Gordon alongside Matthew Vaughn who is producing.