In January 2010, DAVID MICHOD's debut feature film Animal
Kingdom was awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film
Festival. Animal Kingdom went on to win 10 Australian Film Institute (AFI)
awards from a record 18 nominations and was named Best First Film by the New
York Film Critics Circle. It also earned 2011 Oscar and Golden Globe nominations
for supporting actress Jacki Weaver, as well as winning Best Supporting Actress
awards from the Los Angeles and San Francisco film critics associations and the
National Board of Review.
David was also co-writer (with director Spencer Susser) of 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.
In 2009, David's short film Netherland Dwarf screened at the Sundance and Berlin
film festivals. The film won the Best Drama prize at Aspen Shortsfest and Best
Australian Short Film at Flickerfest.
His short film Crossbow screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2007 and at
Sundance in 2008 (where it screened with two other shorts he co-wrote - Nash
Edgerton's Spider and Spencer Susser's I Love Sarah Jane). Crossbow won an AFI
Award for best short screenplay and the Melbourne International Film Festival's
Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film.
In 2011, David co-wrote the short film Bear (a sequel to Nash Edgerton's hugely
successful Spider), which screened in official competition at Cannes in 2011.
That year, David was also nominated for ARIA and Triple J awards for his music
video for 'Loveless' by Melbourne band Children Collide, which went on to win
the St Kilda Film Festival's best music video award in 2012.
In 2012, David directed an episode of the HBO series Enlightened, created by and
starring Laura Dern and Mike White.
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.
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