Adore’s founder and creative director Rupert Wainwright is an award-winning director who brings a unique visual style and driving sense of storytelling to the worlds of features, tv and commercials. His features have grossed over $300 million in worldwide box office, inflation adjusted.
“Stigmata” (MGM) starring Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne and Jonathan Pryce, is an original vision of a classical horror film blended with a personal search for faith. Praised for its striking imagery, “Stigmata” opened #1 in the US and made over $100 million worldwide.
“The Fog” (Sony Pictures) starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair also opened #1 in theatres in the US. “The Sadness of Sex” a festival favorite, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “an inspired tour de force” and Wainwright’s debut feature “Blank Check” (Disney) is an evergreen kid’s favorite bringing a few hours of peace to parents around the world.
His newest feature project is World War II thriller “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” the true story of a Catholic Archbishop taking on the Nazis and creating an underground railroad to save Jewish children.
Born in England, Wainwright studied at Oxford University while acting in British films such as “Another Country” and “Dreamchild.” He attended UCLA on a Fulbright scholarship where he started directing music videos most notably for NWA, Michael Jackson and MC Hammer. His commercial collaborations include Reebok, Gatorade, Sprite, Footlocker ATT etc., and he has directed winning bid films for the Olympics and FIFA World Cup, including the upcoming USA/Canada/Mexico World Cup 2026.
Wainwright has won numerous awards for his work, including two Grand Effies (one for his work with Reebok), several MTV Video Music Awards, several Cannes Gold Dolphins and a Grammy.