Big Screen Symposium

In January 2010, David Michôd’s debut feature film Animal Kingdom won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It went on to win 10 Australian Film Institute awards from a record 18 nominations, was named Best First Film by the New York Film Critics Circle and earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for supporting actress Jacki Weaver.

David’s second film THE ROVER, featuring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, screened in official selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

His third feature, WAR MACHINE, featuring Brad Pitt, Ben Kingsley, Meg Tilly, Will Poulter and Lakeith Stanfield, premiered for Netflix in May 2017.

David co-wrote (with director Spencer Susser) the feature film HESHER, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman, that screened in Sundance 2010’s US competition.

The documentary SOLO (which David co-directed with Jen Peedom), about Andrew McAuley’s ill-fated attempt to kayak from Australia to New Zealand, received best documentary awards from the Australian Film Institute in 2009, and the Film Critics Circle of Australia and Australian Directors Guild in 2010.

David’s short films, including NETHERLAND DWARF and CROSSBOW, have screened at the Venice, Berlin and Sundance film festivals, winning awards around the world.

David is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts (School of Film & Television), and was the editor of Australia’s Inside Film magazine between 2003 and 2006.

See David in the following sessions:

Directing with David Michôd – Saturday 30 September, 3.00pm

In Conversation with Luke Davies and David Michôd – Sunday 1 October, 2.40pm