Michael Cordell is one of Australia’s most established producers and filmmakers. As a director, his best-known film is the documentary feature Year of the Dogs which had a wide theatrical release, screened on the BBC’s prestigious Storyville and has won numerous awards. It is still among the highest grossing theatrical documentaries in Australia.
Among Michael’s various credits as a producer and/or director are Bondi (ABC), The Track (ABC), Drama School (Seven), A Case for the Coroner (ABC), The National Sex Survey (Ten), Suspicious Minds (Nine) and Political Football (ABC). The Original Mermaid (SBS) won him the Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Director in 2003 while his provocative documentary Music and Murder screened at the Melbourne Film Festival in 2004. Michael was Executive and Series Producer on Two Men in a Tinnie (ABC1) with Tim Flannery and John Doyle that won him Independent Producer of the Year (factual) and directed Two in the Top End (ABC1). He has just overseen the delivery of the next instalment, Two on the Great Divide (ABC1).
He has served as Executive Producer on Recruits and Recruits: Paramedics (Ten), Dave in the Life (SBS) Anatomy of a Massacre (ABC) and, currently, Great Southern Land (ABC1), MegaTruckers (Foxtel/A&E), The Great Mint Swindle (Nine Network), Dumb, Drunk and Racist (ABC2), Go Back To Where You Came From Series 2 (SBS) and Bondi Rescue Series 7 (Ten). Bondi Rescue has won four Logies for Most Popular Factual Series in Australia.
Three Boys Dreaming (ABC1) is Michael’s second documentary feature and he was co-Exec Producer on the feature length doco Running to America (ABC1).