Craig Gillespie (born 1 September 1967) is an Australian film director best known for directing the 2007 films Lars and the Real Girl and the upcoming Fright Night remake.
Born and raised in Sydney, Gillespie moved to New York City at the age of nineteen to study illustration, graphic design and advertising at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts. He first developed an interest in film in his early twenties when a friend of his was becoming a film director and encouraged him to do the same.
Gillespie worked for fifteen years as a commercial director, commonly working with cinematographers Adam Kimmel and Rodrigo Prieto. He changed advertising agencies often, once working at six agencies in the space of five years. Following nominations in 2001 and 2002 in the Directors Guild of America Award category for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials", he won in 2006 for his Ameriquest and Altoids commercials. He also won a Golden Lion Award at 2005's Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, and two of his commercials belong to the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan's permanent collection.