John Fawcett is a co-creater and executive producer of Orphan Black. He has also directed 14 episodes of the series.
John Fawcett is perhaps best known for directing the feature film Ginger Snaps, which he also co-wrote alongside Karen Walton. A Canadian horror film, it follows the story of two sisters after one is bitten by a werewolf, and slowly begins to transform herself. The film was well received thanks in part for its depiction of teenage themes as it links lycanthropic transformation to ideas including adolesence, puberty, and menstruation. The film has also gained much scholarly attention, with various academic studies, and papers having been written.
The film also shares a number of crew members with Orphan Black, most notably series directors Vincenzo Natali, Brett Sullivan, and Grant Harvey, who all worked on the film in various roles. Ginger Snaps also spawned a sequel, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (directed by Sullivan, and starring Tatiana Maslany and Eric Johnson), and a prequel, Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (directed by Harvey).
Fawcett has also directed four other feature films, The Boys Club, My Daughter's Secret Life, The Dark, and Last Exit, but has spent most of his career directing for various TV series. Early examples include Xena: Warrior Princess, and Taken, while more recently he has also worked on Heartland, and Rookie Blue.
To date Fawcett has directed 14 episodes of Orphan Black:
- Season 1
- Season 2
- Season 3
- Season 4