Michael James Rowland
- Jan 15, 1964
Bio: Michael James Rowland (born January 15, 1964) is an Australian film director and writer.
Originally he studied Graphic Design at the North Adelaide School of Arts, ultimately working as Art Director for the Adelaide Festival of Arts (1987-94) with a national and international client list that included Peter Gabriel, Womad (UK), and Sony (US). While in… More Bio: Michael James Rowland (born January 15, 1964) is an Australian film director and writer.
Originally he studied Graphic Design at the North Adelaide School of Arts, ultimately working as Art Director for the Adelaide Festival of Arts (1987-94) with a national and international client list that included Peter Gabriel, Womad (UK), and Sony (US). While in this position he was awarded the coveted AADC's Master's Chair.
In 1994 Michael commenced study at the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) located in Sydney. He graduated three years later with a BA, a clutch of awards and two AFI nominations, one each for the outstanding short films: 'The Existentialist Cowboy's Last Stand' (1995) and 'Flying Over Mother' (1997). The former was based on Michael's illustrated book of the same name. Both toured the world extensively with 'Flying Over Mother' selling nationally on the ABC and internationally into the UK for broadcast on Channel 4, to the US for limited theatrical release, and featured on the 'Short Film Cinema Journal' DVD series available on Amazon.
After AFTRS, Michael established the TVC production company 'Blink' with producer Michael Bourchier and together they created a series of successful campaigns for the Australian market, most notably the Australian Republican Movement's campaign prior to the Constitutional Convention (1997).
In 1998 Michael started teaching 'Performance For Screen' at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Nicole Kidman's old drama school. He held this tutoring position for two years.
In 2000 he established the company 'Puncture' to develop and produce 'BloodSports', a half hour comedy screened as part of the prescient SBS DIYtv series. 'BloodSports' achieved the highest ratings of the four programs in the series and shared the bill with future creators of the legendary 'Double the Fist', winners of the 2004 AFI award for Comedy. Michael co-wrote 'BloodSports' with novelist Helen Barnes. Following this success they began collaborating on the feature film script for 'Lucky Miles'.
Between 2003 - 2004 Michael wrote for Henson UK, Yoram Gross & Channel 7's children's TV show 'Bambaloo' for which he was nominated for a 2003 AWGIE. In 2005 he returned to academia, teaching 'Storytelling' at Sydney's Enmore TAFE in the Digital Media department.
The feature film 'Lucky Miles' went into production in 2006 and was completed in January 2007. A drama/comedy 105 minutes in length, 'Lucky Miles' has been bought for commercial release by Dendy (Australia) and CineClick Asia (Worldwide). Festival reviews from Variety, The Age, and The Advertiser all point to the film's proud humanist outlook, it's sophisticated mix of politics and comedy, each predicting it will be a notable cinema release in 07-08.
As a sideline, Michael has three illustrated books published by CowboyBooks. These titles can be viewed on the website www.cowboybooks.com.au, a site visited by more than 2 million people.
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