Born in Perth, Western Australia, Michael started drawing and painting from a very young age. Following high-school he went on to study design at the Western Australian School of Art and Design (WASAD), where he cultivated his passion for the visual arts.
Michael spent a year in London working as a designer, where he began to immerse himself into the rich setting of London's music video and filmmaking community and a whole new world of potential for visual creative expression. After his London stint, Michael returned to Australia and set his sights on music videos as a way to hone his directing skills and eventually make the leap into long-form filmmaking.
Michael split his time between Bazmark (where he worked alongside Baz Lurhman and Catherine Martin (as a designer), and directing high profile video clips for such bands as: Evermore, Jet, The Black Ryder, Grinspoon, Jack Ladder and Bob Evans to name a few.
In 2012 Michael produced and completed Yardbird, a short film accepted In Competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. Yardbird was written and executive produced by Cannes-Award winning writer/director and fellow West Australian Julius Avery.Filmography:
Festival(s) & Award(s)
- 2012: Cannes Film Festival | Short Films Official Competition
A Young girl who lives in a remote wrecking yard takes on the local bullies when they travel out to torment her father.
- Runtimes: 13'
- Country(ies) of production: Australia
- Original Language(s): English
Artistic & Technical Crew
- Produced by: JESSICA MITCHELL