The Playlist did an article on the top 5 key directors in new Australian filmmaking and listed David Michôd as one of the five. Great write-up and mini bio about the up and coming director:
“I’d like to see your film, smartass” — the common refrain of internet commenters, incensed at a bad review given to their own personal favorites. It’s a silly idea (you don’t need to be a chef to know when someone’s pissed in your soup), but even so, David Michôd, a former journalist with Australian film craft magazine Inside Film, must have left a few tails between legs when he premiered the astonishing “Animal Kingdom” at Sundance back in early 2010. Michôd was born in Sydney before heading to university and film school in Melbourne. When he moved back to his birthplace, he ended up answering phones at the magazine. Within six months, Michôd was Deputy Editor, and he went on to be Editor there for three years. But directing was always the end game, and he left his job in 2006 to focus on it, with short film “Ezra White, LL.B” hitting the festival circuit that year. Two shorts followed in quick succession, “Crossbow” and “Netherland Dwarf,” playing Sundance and picking up awards around the world. It was ‘Dwarf”s run at Sundance that saw him come into contact with Nash Edgerton and Spencer Susser, who also had shorts at the festival, and they joined forces to create Blue Tongue Films, putting “Animal Kingdom” into development. The film — which saw Michôd return to the crime-riddled Melbourne he remembered for his college years — was a powerful, rich and complex crime tale, immaculately helmed by the director, and it launched half its cast to stardom; Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Sullivan Stapleton have all gone on to greater things, while a cameo-ing Joel Edgerton has only gone from strength to strength since. Michôd has reteamed with the latter for his next project, a futuristic Western developed from an idea by the director and the actor named “The Rover,” which has Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce and Scoot McNairy set to star. Filming is slated set to start soon, so fingers crossed, we’ll see before 2013 is out.
Ooooooo yes, The Playlist. Fingers crossed indeed it can hit festivals before the end of 2013. My money is currently on Sundance 2014 but we’ll see.
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