Michael’s short film The Projectionist premiered at the 2002 New York Film Festival. It was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2003 Tampere Film Festival in Finland and went on to win a further ten international awards including: Best Live-Action Short at Nashville Film Festival and the Silver Spike at Valladolid Film Festival in Spain.
It has subsequently been screened in over seventy film festivals worldwide, most recently Moscow and Berlin.
In 2006 The Projectionist featured in a very unique forum: three original compositions were composed especially for the film and performed live at MOMA in New York. In 2013, Michael returned to New York, conducting a guest lecture with the Julliard School Drama department, and also to attend a special screening of two of his film works – this time re-scored by Julliard alumnae composers – in a unique event presented by the Center for Innovation in theArts.
Michael holds both a Masters (Honours) degree in Film and Television, specialising in Directing, and a Graduate Diploma in Producing by the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. He has presented lectures and programs of his work to audiences in Zagreb, Dresden, London, Telluride, St. Petersburg and Szolnok, Hungary.