Monsters had its UK premiere as part of the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival where Gareth won the Moët New Directors Award. The film was subsequently nominated for six British Independent Film Awards and won the awards for Best Director, Best Technical Achievement and Best Achievement in Production. Gareth was also nominated for the 2011 Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer BAFTA for Monsters.
Produced by Vertigo Films, Monsters was written, shot and directed by Gareth and stars Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy in the lead roles."Six years ago previously, a NASA probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear, and half of Mexico was quarantined as an Infected Zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain 'the creatures' ... The story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border."
had ever made a sci-fi thriller, it probably would've looked and sounded a lot like this -- and he pulls it off
with an improbable degree of success. Joe Leydon
fanatical eye for detail and the ability to work CGI wonders with the kind of budget that wouldn’t even stretch to funding 30 seconds of the average Hollywood effects-driven
action pic. Wendy Ide
rare in British films. Jason Solomons
South Africa film that wound up with an unlikely
Oscar nomination for best picture.
an impressively assured debut for writer/director Gareth Edwards that succeeds on pretty much
every score (performance, story, effects, locations are all spot-on) and looks set to a real break-out
hit...It is an intelligent sci-fi film that is absorbing, thrilling and ultimately moving. Mark Adams
Sublime...brims with a Spielbergian sense of wonder
BAFTA releases Brits to Watch list
Gareth Edwards wins Breakthrough British Filmmaker at the Critics' Circle Film Awards
Jessica commended by Critics' Circle
South Bank Award wins for Monsters and Rev
2011 BAFTA Nominations Announced
Monsters wins three awards at the BIFAs
Monsters opens across the UK
South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2011 nominees announced
BIFA Nominations for Gareth Edwards, Rowan Joffe and Jamie Thraves
Monsters and Brighton Rock at Toronto
Monsters and Dragon Tattoo at SXSW