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Andrew Commis ACS

Andrew Commis

Director of Photgraphy

Andrew’s extensive career includes feature films, shorts, television drama and documentaries, with his films having premiered at Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Tribeca and Toronto amongst others, and he has been awarded multiple times including winning the Milli Award, the highest accolade presented by the Australian Cinematographers Society.

Andrew has just completed photography on a trio of feature films … BABYTEETH directed by Shannon Murphy and starring Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis and Eliza Scanlen. HIGH GROUND by Stephen Johnson, which tells the story of Indigenous resistance in the early 1900’s in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, and ANGEL OF MINE directed by Kim Farrant, starring Noomi Rapace, Yvonne Strahovski and Luke Evans.

Also recently completed is the tele-feature LOVE for the BBC, directed by Alexander Zeldin resident director of the National Theatre in London and based on his play of the same name. As well as four short films in the anthology series DO NOT DISTURB. Selected in competition at Cannes Series 2019 the films were directed respectively by Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace (aka 32), Matthew Huston, Jake Chapman and Zoe Cassavetes.

Other recent credits include THE DAUGHTER directed by Simon Stone which was selected for the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. GIRL ASLEEP, directed by Rosemary Myers, selected for the 2016 Berlin Film Festival and winner of the 2016 Australian Film Critics Award and THE REHEARSAL for director Alison Maclean based on Booker Prize winning author Eleanor Catton’s debut novel and selected for the 2016 New York and London Film Festivals.

Andrew’s previous feature films include THE ROCKET directed by Kim Mordaunt, winner of the Crystal Bear at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The Rocket also won Best Feature Film at the 2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Awards and was nominated for 12 Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts (AACTA) Awards including Best Film and Best Cinematography.

Andrew’s debut feature film BEAUTIFUL KATE directed by Rachel Ward, premiered at Toronto in 2010 and received the prestigious Milli Award from the ACS for Cinematographer of the Year. The film received 10 Australian Film Institute [AFI] Awards nominations including Best Film and Best Cinematography and also won the 2009 Inside Film (IF) award for Best Cinematography. Andrew also shot two chapters of the screen adaptation of Tim Winton’s book of short stories THE TURNING, Justin Kurzel’s BONER McPHARLIN’S MOLL and David Wenham’s directing debut COMMISSION starring Hugo Weaving. Premiering at the 2013 Melbourne International Film Festival and officially selected for the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, THE TURNING also received Best Feature Film nominations at the 2014 AACTA and 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Television credits include the Emmy and BAFTA nominated and AACTA award winning television series THE SLAP in 2011, and Andrew received the ACS Award of Distinction for his work on the 2015 AACTA winning television series DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND. Other credits include Robert Connolly’s tele-feature UNDERGROUND which premiered at Toronto in 2012 and the Rachel Perkins directed tele-feature MABO about the life of iconic Torres Straight Islander Eddie Mabo which premiered at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival and won the Deadly Award for Best Film.

Andrew’s short films include the Cannes selected trio MEATHEAD, NATURE’S WAY and BLUE TONGUE. Directed by Sam Holst, MEATHEAD also won the 2012 Crystal Bear at Berlin. NATURE’S WAY directed by Jane Shearer won the 2006 New Zealand Screen Award for Best Short Film and Technical Contribution to a Short Film for Andrew’s cinematography, and BLUE TONGUE, directed by Justin Kurzel, won Best Australian Short at the 2005 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Andrew’s numerous documentary credits include the feature length, NAKED ON THE INSIDE, nominated for Best Documentary at the FCCA Awards in 2007, and A NORTHERN TOWN, winner of the 2008 AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary.


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