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David Michôd

David Michôd
Born (1972-11-30) 30 November 1972 (age 41)
Nationality Australian
Education Sydney Grammar School
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Director, screenwriter, producer, Actor
Years active 2000–present

David Michôd (born 30 November 1972) is an Australian award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer and Actor.[1][2][3] He is best known for directing critically acclaimed 2010 film Animal Kingdom. He also co-wrote Hesher.

Education and early career

Michôd was educated at Sydney Grammar School before moving to Melbourne to study arts at the University of Melbourne. After working for the Victorian Department of Education he decided to attend film school while in his mid-20s. He later served as editor of Inside Film magazine, serving in the role between 2003 and 2006.[2][4][5]


Michôd began his directing career in short films, with Ezra White, LL.B. in 2006 being one of the first to make an impact.[6] In 2007 Michôd's next short film Crossbow, a coming-of-age drama was premiered at Venice Film Festival and received positive response from critics.[7][8] After that the film compete at number of film festivals and earned good reviews. The film also screened at Sundance Film Festival and won Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film.[9][10]

Next year, in 2008 Michod directed another short film Netherland Dwarf, which was also screened at Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival and earned positive reviews from critics.[7][11][12][13] The same year, Michod co-directed Solo, a documentary film with Jennifer Peedom. It features the journey of Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley who went on a solo kayak crossing from Tasmania to New Zealand.[14][15] The documentary received positive response on its release, Empire Online gave film five stars and said "As a tribute to a man – and man's – insatiable search for adventure, it's unforgettable."[16] In 2009, Michod directed Inside the Square, a 30-minute behind-the-scene documentary on the making of 2008 film The Square directed by Nash Edgerton.[17][18]

In 2010 his debut feature film, Animal Kingdom was released. The film received overwhelming critical acclaim and received several awards and nominations.[2][4][19][20][21]

Michod's next film, a futuristic Western entitled The Rover with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.[22][23] Filming began on 29 January 2013 in Southern Flinders Ranges, Australia and ended on 16 March 2013 in Marree, north of Adelaide, Australia.[24][25]



  • 2006: Ezra White, LL.B. (short film)
  • 2007: Crossbow (short film)
  • 2008: Netherland Dwarf (short film)
  • 2008: Solo (documentary)
  • 2009: Inside the Square (documentary)
  • 2010: Animal Kingdom (2010)
  • 2013: Enlightened Episode-No Doubt (TV Series)[26][27]
  • 2013: The Rover (Post-production)


  • 2000: Noise (Short film)
  • 2005: The IF Thing (Short film)[28]
  • 2006: Ezra White, LL.B.
  • 2007: Dangerous Episode-5 (TV Series)
  • 2007: Crossbow
  • 2007: Spider (Short film)[29]
  • 2008: I Love Sarah Jane (Short film)[30]
  • 2008: Netherland Dwarf
  • 2010: Animal Kingdom
  • 2010: Hesher
  • 2011: Bear (Short film)[31]
  • 2013: The Rover


  • 2000: Noise as Dave
  • 2000: Eugénie Sandler P.I. Episode-10 as Trevor[32]
  • 2005: The IF Thing as Editor – IF Magazine[28]
  • 2006: Kenny as Nurse[28]
  • 2007: Crossbow as Narrator/lounge
  • 2007: Spider as Hit Driver[29]
  • 2007: Little Deaths as Nathan[33]
  • 2008: Hammer Bay as Missing Persons Detective
  • 2008: The List as Detective
  • 2010: Animal Kingdom as Reporter


  • 2012: Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke (Short film)[34][35]
  • 2013: The Rover

Recurring collaborators

This chart lists every actor who has appeared in more than one film directed by Michod. Mirrah Foulkes is Michod's most prolific collaborator, having appeared in four of his films.

Actor Ezra White, LL.B. Crossbow Netherland Dwarf Inside the Square Animal Kingdom The Rover Total
Dan Wyllie NoN NoN 2
Mirrah Foulkes NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
Joel Edgerton NoN NoN NoN 3
Justin Rosniak NoN NoN 2
Guy Pearce NoN NoN 2
Anthony Hayes NoN NoN NoN 3
Nash Edgerton NoN NoN 2
Susan Prior NoN NoN 2


  • David Michôd was honored along with Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer for their work in international roles with the coveted 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.[36]
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 Tropfest Best Screenplay (with Christopher Benz, Peter Curry, Louise Gartland and Sally Isaac) Noise Won[37]
2007 Melbourne International Film Festival Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film Crossbow Won[38]
Australian Film Institute Awards (AFI) Best Screenplay in a Short Film Won[39]
Fitz Best Short film Awards Best Film (with Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford) Won[40]
2008 Flickerfest film festival Best Director Won[41][42]
2009 Best Australian Short Film (with Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford) Netherland Dwarf Won[43][44]
Aspen Shortsfest Best Drama Won[45][46]
Banff Mountain Film Festival Best Film (with Jennifer Peedom) Solo Won[47]
Festival du Film Voyage & Adventure, Montreal Canada Grand Prix (with Jennifer Peedom) Won[48]
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Grand Jury Prize (with Jennifer Peedom) Won[48]
Hory a Mesto Festival in Slovakia Grand Prize (with Jennifer Peedom) Won[48]
2010 Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Best Film (with Jennifer Peedom) Won[49]
Prague International film festival Grand Prix (with Jennifer Peedom) Won[48]
Australian Directors Guild Best direction in a stand-alone documentary (with Jennifer Peedom) Won[50][51]
Best Direction in a Feature Film Animal Kingdom Won[51]
Satellite Awards Best Director Nominated[52]
Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Director Won[53]
Best Screenplay (Original) Won[53]
Australian Writers' Guild Major Award Won[29][54]
Feature Film Screenplay (Original) Won[29][54]
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best New Filmmaker Runner-up Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Best First Film Won
Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic Won[55]
Stockholm International Film Festival Best Screenplay Won[56]
Inside Film Awards Best Director Won[57]
Best Screenplay Nominated[57]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Filmmaker Nominated[58]
Australian Film Institute Awards Best Direction Won[59]
Best Screenplay Won[59]
2011 Chlotrudis Awards Best Original Screenplay Nominated[60]
2013 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Short Fiction Film (with Mirrah Foulkes and Michael Cody) Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke Nominated[61]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • IonCinephile of the Month Profile
  • David Michôd's Top Ten Films List
  • interview with David Michôd for Animal Kingdom

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