Michôd in 2012
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
David Michôd (// MISH-oh; born 30 November 1972) is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He is best known for directing the critically acclaimed crime drama Animal Kingdom (2010) and dystopian drama The Rover (2014). He also co-wrote Hesher (2010).
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.
Early career: Short films and documentaries
Michôd began his directing career in short films, with Ezra White, LL.B. in 2006 being one of the first to make an impact. In 2007, Michôd's short film Crossbow, a coming-of-age drama was premiered at Venice Film Festival and received positive response from critics. Afterwards, the film competed at number of film festivals and earned good reviews. The film also screened at Sundance Film Festival and won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film.
In 2008, Michôd directed another short film, Netherland Dwarf, which also screened at Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival and earned positive reviews from critics. The same year, Michôd co-directed Solo, a documentary film with Jennifer Peedom. It depicts the fatal journey of Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley who went on a solo kayak crossing from Tasmania to New Zealand. The documentary received a positive response upon release, with Empire rating the film five stars: "As a tribute to a man – and man's – insatiable search for adventure, it's unforgettable." In 2009, Michôd directed Inside the Square, a 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of 2008 film The Square directed by Nash Edgerton.
In 2010, he released his first feature film, Animal Kingdom. The film was widely acclaimed by critics and received several awards and nominations. Dave Calhoun from Time Out compared him to Martin Scorsese saying that "He brings a big dose of Scorsese to Melbourne in telling of a fictional crime family." J.R. Jones of Chicago Reader praised Michôd''s director saying "Writer-director David Michôd creates a densely textured moral universe that makes good on his metaphoric title." Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic said that "The naturalistic style Michôd employs adds to the sense of dread. Is there no way out of this existence?" The film became the third highest grossing Australian film at the Australian box office in 2010, with a worldwide box office gross of US$5,775,563.
Michôd's next film, The Rover, was a futuristic Western starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. Filming began on 29 January 2013 in Southern Flinders Ranges in Australia and ended on 16 March 2013 in Marree, north of Adelaide. The film premiered out of competition in the Midnight Screenings section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2014. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter said "David Michod’s follow-up to his internationally successful debut with the Melbourne gangster saga Animal Kingdom is equally murderous but more pared down to basics, as desperate men enact a survival-of-the-meanest scenario in an economically gutted world reduced to Old West outlaw behavior." The film had a limited release on 13 June 2014 in New York City and Los Angeles before expanding nationwide on 20 June 2014 in the United States.
On 14 April 2014 it was announced that Michôd would write and direct The Operators, based on the 2011 best seller of the same name by Michael Hastings. The film will be jointly produced by Plan B Entertainment, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment, with Brad Pitt attached to star. It was later retitled War Machine. In March 2017, Netflix released a teaser trailer for the film in which Brad Pitt plays a thinly veiled version of Stanley A. McChrystal. Hastings also wrote the Rolling Stone article that revealed the friction between McChrystal's staff and then President Barack Obama's and which ultimately led to McChrystal losing his job. The film was released on Netflix on 26 May 2017 and was met with mixed reviews.
In an interview in 2013, it was revealed that Joel Edgerton and Michôd had co-written The King, an adaptation for Warner Bros. Pictures of three Shakespeare's plays : Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V. In February 2018, it was announced that Timothée Chalamet had been cast in the titular role, with Plan B Entertainment and Blue-Tongue Films, set to produce. Principal photography began on 1 June 2018 in London. The film premiered on Netflix on 1 November 2019.
In the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll of the greatest films of all time Michôd chose Apocalypse Now, Alien, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Funny Games, Magnolia, Network, Sunset Blvd., The Thin Red Line, Taxi Driver and Werckmeister Harmonies as his top ten picks.
|2005||The IF Thing||No||Yes||No||Yes||Editor – IF Magazine||Short film|
|2006||Ezra White, LL.B.||Yes||Yes||No||No||Short film|
|2007||Crossbow||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Narrator / lounge||Short film|
|2007||Spider||No||Yes||No||Yes||Hit Driver||Short film|
|2008||I Love Sarah Jane||No||Yes||No||No||Short film|
|2008||Netherland Dwarf||Yes||Yes||No||No||Short film|
|2008||The List||No||No||No||Yes||Detective||Short film|
|2009||Inside the Square||Yes||No||No||No||Documentary short film|
|2012||Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke||No||No||Yes||No||Short film|
|2013||The Captain||No||No||No||Yes||Dead Body||Short film|
|2000||Eugénie Sandler P.I.||Trevor||Episode 10|
|2007||Dangerous||Writer (Episode 5)|
|2008||Hammer Bay||Missing Persons Detective||Television film|
|2013||Enlightened||Director (Episode: "No Doubt")|
|2015||Flesh and Bone||Director (Episode:: "Bulling Through")|
|2016–present||Animal Kingdom||Executive producer|
|2017||Doc World||Director (Episode: "Kayak")|
|2019||Catch-22||Writer and executive producer|
This chart lists every actor who has appeared in more than one film directed by Michôd. Anthony Hayes, Joel Edgerton, and Mirrah Foulkes are Michôd's most frequent collaborators, with Hayes and Edgerton each having appeared in four and Foulkes in five of his films.
|Actor||Ezra White, LL.B.||Crossbow||Netherland Dwarf||Inside the Square||Animal Kingdom||The Rover||War Machine||The King||Total|
- 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.
|2000||Tropfest||Best Screenplay (with Christopher Benz, Peter Curry, Louise Gartland and Sally Isaac)||Noise||Won|
|2007||Melbourne International Film Festival||Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film||Crossbow||Won|
|Australian Film Institute Awards (AFI)||Best Screenplay in a Short Film||Won|
|Fitz Best Short film Awards||Best Film (with Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford)||Won|
|2008||Flickerfest film festival||Best Director||Won|
|2009||Best Australian Short Film (with Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford)||Netherland Dwarf||Won|
|Aspen Shortsfest||Best Drama||Won|
|Banff Mountain Film Festival||Best Film (with Jennifer Peedom)||Solo||Won|
|Festival du Film Voyage & Adventure, Montreal Canada||Grand Prix (with Jennifer Peedom)||Won|
|Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival||Grand Jury Prize (with Jennifer Peedom)||Won|
|Hory a Mesto Festival in Slovakia||Grand Prize (with Jennifer Peedom)||Won|
|2010||Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival||Best Film (with Jennifer Peedom)||Won|
|Prague International film festival||Grand Prix (with Jennifer Peedom)||Won|
|Australian Directors Guild||Best direction in a stand-alone documentary (with Jennifer Peedom)||Won|
|Best Direction in a Feature Film||Animal Kingdom||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Director||Nominated|
|Film Critics Circle of Australia||Best Director||Won|
|Best Screenplay (Original)||Won|
|Australian Writers' Guild||Major Award||Won|
|Feature Film Screenplay (Original)||Won|
|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|
|Stockholm International Film Festival||Best Screenplay||Won|
|Inside Film Awards||Best Director||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Most Promising Filmmaker||Nominated|
|Australian Film Institute Awards||Best Direction||Won|
|2013||Australian Film Institute Awards||Best Short Fiction Film (with Mirrah Foulkes and Michael Cody)||Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke||Nominated|
|2014||Sydney Film Festival||Official Competition Award: Best Film||The Rover||Nominated|
|AACTA Awards||Best Direction||Nominated|
|Australian Film Critics Association||Best Director||Nominated|
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With David Michôd he has written King, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V, for Warner Bros.
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