Leigh Whannell (born 17 January 1977) is an Australian screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He started writing at an early age, working as a reporter and film critic for several Australian publications. While studying in film school he met his friend and long-time...Read more collaborator James Wan, with whom he co-wrote the first installment to the Saw franchise, after they both made a short film as a pitch for the feature length film. He also played a main role in the film, the character of Adam Stanheight. He then went on to write films like Dead Silence, Death Sentence and the first two installments to the Insidious film series, the third of which he directed. He also acted in films including Cooties, The Assets, The Pardon and One Perfect Day.