A big fan of the horror genre, Fawcett credits his interest in gore and transformation effects as key to getting him interested in film when he was 14 years old. After graduating from the film studies course at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Fawcett received additional training at the Canadian Film Centre.
He made his feature film debut in 1996 with The Boy's Club, which received five Genie Award nominations, including Best Director.
Ginger Snaps was Fawcett's second feature film, and became a sleeper hit and cult favourite around the world, spawning not only a sequel, but also a prequel set in the early 19th century.
He has been twice nominated for a Gemini Award for directing, in 1999 for Power Play and winning in 2002 for Da Vinci's Inquest.
His television credits include Xena: Warrior Princess, the television movie Lucky Girl, and episodes of Intelligence, Mutant X, Nikita and Steven Spielberg's Taken.
Fawcett's recent credits include the feature film, The Dark starring Maria Bello and Sean Bean; the CTV television movie Last Exit with Kathleen Robertson; Bon Voyage, an ITV mini-series which is currently nominated for Best Mini-Series at the Monte Carlo Television Festival; and The Border, a series for which Fawcett shot the pilot, and is now assuming both producer and director duties as it goes into full production.