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Michael Cordell

Michael Cordell is one of the best-known and most prolific factual film-makers in Australia. As a director, his documentary feature Year of the Dogs had a wide theatrical release in Australia, screened on BBC’s prestigious Storyville, and has won numerous awards. Among Michael’s various credits as a producer and/or director include Bondi Rescue, The Track, Drama School, A Case for the Coroner, National Sex Survey and Political Football. His recent documentary The Original Mermaid (SBS) won him the Film Critics Circle award for Best Director. His provocative one-hour documentary Music and Murder screened on SBS in 2004. Michael also EP’d and Series Produced the eight part series Suspicious Minds which screened on the Nine Network in 2006.

Michael was a founding partner of Hilton Cordell Productions, a company that developed an international reputation co-producing with leading broadcasters such as PBS, National Geographic, BBC, Channel Four, Arte, France 3 and ZDF as well as all Australian broadcasters. Their programs also screened on Discovery, Canal Plus, TF1 and NHK.

Filmography

ORIGINAL MERMAID, THE »

Annette Kellerman (1887 - 1975) was an Australian who became one of the most famous women of her day around the world, but who is now largely forgotten by history...

MUSIC AND MURDER »

An examination of remorse, rehabilitation and redemption told through the stories of three murderers and their music. MUSIC AND MURDER follows the story of three men, all incarcerated for horrific murders, who have become accomplished musicians in prison...

YEAR OF THE DOGS »

When the film was completed in 1997, the “mighty” Bulldogs hadn’t won a premiership since 1954. The Club was close to broke and the threat of amalgamation hung over them...

DRAMA SCHOOL »

Introduced by Mel Gibson, NIDA's most famous graduate: "I mean I loved NIDA and hated it ... at times it was very frustrating and hard and depressing and all this kind of stuff but, if you were prepared to stick with it, the rewards were really good...

THREE BOYS DREAMING »

THREE BOYS DREAMING follows three Indigenous boys over four years as they chase the dream of becoming professional AFL footballers...

FLYING BOOMERANGS, THE »

The Flying Boomerangs follows a team of outstanding young Indigenous football players who travelled to South Africa to play a series of competitive games...