Since completing his MA in Cinematography at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) in 2007, John has racked up an impressive and diverse range of credits working extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia.
His first 35mm short film Bird In The Wire was nominated for a Palme d’Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and garnered an AFI nomination for Best Cinematography. In the same year, he won the Best Cinematography award at Tropfest for Like It Is.
John has a strong background in VFX and post, and in 2005 was VFX Supervisor on the Palme d’Or nominated short film Clara, which earned a rarely awarded special mention for technical achievement.
John’s first feature was the supernatural cult thriller Lake Mungo, directed by Joel Anderson. Lauded for its sophisticated and layered visual style, the film went on to a 2010 U.S. theatrical and DVD release through Lionsgate.
Another 2010 highlight was the world premiere of the gothic suspense thriller The Perfect Host at the Sundance Film Festival. Shot in Los Angeles, directed by Nick Tomnay and starring David Hyde Pierce, the film is scheduled for a forthcoming U.S. theatrical release.
Recent short credits include Celestial Avenue, winner of the Grand Prize for best film at the Academy Award-accredited Rhode Island Film Festival, as well as Best Australian Short at the 2010 Flickerfest Awards; and A Parachute Falling In Siberia which was selected for official competition at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards.
John’s MA graduation film fOUR, directed by Erin White, was nominated for both the AFI and IF Award for Best Short Film, and went on to win the IF Award.
Kate Miller Heidke’s latest music clip, directed by Mark Alston, for the song “Last Day On Earth” was nominated for an ARIA for best music clip.
John has broken new ground in Australian television, shooting the first episodic free to air series to be originated using RED. Lowdown is a delightful comedy TV series with Adam Zwar and narrated by Geoffrey Rush that aired on ABC 1 with a second series commissioned for 2011.
John has just wrapped Offspring, a new primetime tv drama series starring Asher Keddie and produced by John Edwards and Imogen Banks for Southern Star / Network TEN.